It’s in AutoCAD Mechanical, it’s in most other 3D modeling programs…so why isn’t it in Inventor? Why do packages of hot dogs come in 10 and buns in 8? It’s one of the great mysteries of the Inventor user base. Well Inventor user Brian Hall finally got tired of not getting an answer from Autodesk on this one. Not the hot dogs, the rectangle one.
This tool set has four distinct rectangle drawing tools that are used inside the sketch environment for part files, assembly files, and drawing files. They are located on a
separate ribbon panel called “Rectangles” on the “Sketch” ribbon tab. They are as follows: Center Point Rectangle (default displayed button):
This rectangle tool draws a rectangle about the origin of where the user picks. It constrains the rectangle by adding a vertical and horizontal alignment constraint to
one of the vertical and horizontal lines respectively as well as a coincident constraint to the geometry that the user selects. If no geometry is selected, then only the vertical and horizontal alignment constraints will be used.
Diagonal Center Point Rectangle: This rectangle tool draws a rectangle about the origin of where the user picks and adds a diagonal line that goes from one corner to the opposite corner with a sketch point constrained to the mid-point of the diagonal line. By virtue of the diagonal line, the rectangle relationship to the origin is maintained, but if the user selects existing geometry then a coincident constraint is added to the origin sketch point and selected geometry.
Horizontal Mid-Point Rectangle: This rectangle tool draws a rectangle that eminates from the mid-point of one of the horizontal lines of the rectangle. A sketch point is then added and constrained to that line’s mid-point. If the user selects existing geometry, then the sketch point is constrained to the existing geometry accordingly.
Vertical Mid-Point Rectangle: This rectangle tool draws a rectangle that eminates from the mid-point of one of the vertical lines of the rectangle. A sketch point is then added and constrained to that line’s mid-point. If the user selects existing geometry, then the sketch point is constrained to the existing geometry accordingly.
This add-in does not support the classic interface by design.
This add-in works beautifully on Inventor 2010 and 2011 assuming you have all the service packs and microsoft hotfixes installed including .NET updates. I find myself using this tool quite a bit and every time I show sketching now in Inventor, I get asked what it is and where do I get it. Here is a video from the programmer himself. Enjoy! Now to work on that pesky hot dog conundrum.