Have you been keeping an eye on the Autodesk Labs Plugin of the month?
Autodesk Labs have been issuing a new Autodesk product Plug-in every month; This time it’s Inventors Turn.
What is the Autodesk Inventor Feature Migrator?
This latest plug-in is called the Feature Migrator. Using this plug-in you can ‘Send’ Assembly features down into the Part environment.
The FeatureMigrator can reliably migrate an assembly feature to the part level. This can save a lot of time and effort for the user when compared with the manual approach, i.e. creating the equivalent features in the affected parts.
When you run the FeatureMigrator command a new control should be displayed in Inventor’s browser window, allowing you to migrate assembly features to parts via the context menu displayed when you select and right-click one or more assembly features.
Currently only certain types of assembly feature can be migrated by this tool:
- Extrude Feature
- Hole Feature
- Circular Pattern Feature (only patterning Extrude and Hole)
- Rectangular Pattern Feature (only patterning Extrude and Hole)
The migration can also be launched directly from Inventor’s Model Browser. A right-click menu will only be displayed for features of the types listed above.
Find out how the plug-in works at Mod The Machine Blog:
The plugin was written by Philippe Leefsma of the Autodesk Developer Network (the ADN). You can read more on Brian Eakins ‘Mod the Machine‘ Blog.