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Stickers and Labels as Parts in the BOM

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In this tech tip we look at incorporating stickers and labels into assemblies as actual parts instead of simply as decals within a part file. Various methods permit listing stickers and labels as parts, such as creating a virtual part from scratch, however this option does not yield to seeing the labels in renderings and shaded views on a drawing. Incorporating stickers as stand-alone IPT files, the assembly BOM, drawing views and renderings done within Inventor Studio will all benefit from this workflow.

Submitted by Kendred Cooper, Manufacturing Solutions Engineer, Hagerman & Company, Inc.

Early Warning System: Dealing with 2016 Cyber Threats Today!

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Social Engineering threats, Email threats. Zero Day threats… With so many threats these days, keeping a computer system or network clean can be a full time job. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an Early Warning System that could prepare you before the attack actually hits? Is this a pipe dream? To some it is, but if you know how to prepare, you can get ahead of the threats and protect yourself and your networks from these dangers. How, you ask? It will involve some old school techniques combined with new cutting edge technology. Let me explain! Continue reading

Autodesk® Inventor® 2016 Electromechanical: Linking Inventor Projects with AutoCAD Electrical Projects

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The release of Autodesk’s 2016 Product line provided Inventor® 2016 users with many enhancements to the communication and interoperability tools. The enhancements included associative AutoCAD file workflows, file translator updates and the ANYCAD associative connections for non-Inventor model files. Another enhancement is the electromechanical project, which allows for a link to be created between a specified Inventor Project and specified AutoCAD Electrical Project. When this link is created the projects become associative, meaning that design changes in one product are updated through a sync process to the other product. Continue reading

Rotating Receptacle Annotations in Revit® MEP

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The “out of the box” receptacle that is included in Revit® MEP’s Library has an annotation embedded. In this example the duplex receptacle has the annotation indicate whether or not the terminal is GFI. or not.

An issue arises when the receptacle is placed on a North wall and the annotation is upside down. We will take a look at a way to get the annotation to rotate with the component.

First, uncheck the “read-only” box in the family’s properties. When loading the receptacle in the file browser, right click on the family and go to properties to uncheck the read-only box. Doing this allows changes to be applied when you close out of the family and they will be retained for future use.

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As with most electrical components the annotation is a separate family nested in the component family. To get to the annotation, first open the receptacle family followed by the annotation family.

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Select the receptacle and click edit family.

Once the family is open, go to the project browser and open the view “ref. level” to get the annotation family to appear.

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Once the annotation symbol is located, click on it and repeat the process of opening that family as well.

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Once the generic annotation family is open, look at the Properties pallet and make sure that the boxes are checked for “rotate with component” and “keep text readable”. If they were not originally checked, put checks in the boxes and load into project.

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There are two choices of projects to reload the annotation, but only check the receptacle family.

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Then reload the receptacle family back into the project.  Always choose to overwrite existing version and parameter values.

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Do the same for the receptacle family into the project. Overwrite existing and parameter values again.

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Now you will notice that the GFI annotation is upright and readable.

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Submitted by Matt Johnson, AEC Solutions Engineer, Hagerman & Company, Inc.