Solidworks to Revit 2017 – 3 of 4 – Inventor ADSK Shrink-Wrapped

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Solidworks to Revit 2017 – 3 of 4 – Inventor ADSK Shrink-Wrapped

In this instance the Solidworks model was brought into Inventor as before. This time it is assumed that the component is very complex. It may be that the components is sourced form a manufacturer. Imagine the file size of an air conditioner if every nut and bolt is included. The tool that is included in Inventor is called Shrink-Wrap. <Environments><BIM Exchange><Shrinkwrap Substitute>

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Hovering over the icon displays some help on the command.

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A new derived substitute part is created.

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Note the Assembly Shrinkwrap Options. They are explained in more detail in the help http://help.autodesk.com/view/INVNTOR/2017/ENU/?guid=GUID-AA42BC7E-E2FC-4E73-8EE1-FD3D5E6AC536.

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For each of the styles, and for a partial explode and full explode, the following data is recoded.

ADSK Export Type Explode Revit Geometry Materials Ported? Disk Size
No Edit Partial Yes Yes 752
No Edit Full Yes No 1240
Single solid body merging out seams between planar faces Partial Yes Yes 556
Single solid body merging out seams between planar faces Full No No 224
Solid body keep seams between planar faces Partial Yes Yes 560
Solid body keep seams between planar faces Full No No 224
Maintain each solid as a solid body Partial Yes Yes 544
Maintain each solid as a solid body Full Yes No 832
 Single composite feature Partial Yes Yes 540
 Single composite feature Full Yes No 832

Every model that is processed in this way will be different. The conclusions are that a partial explode takes up less space than a full explode, and that a simplification of the model results in significant file size reduction. Even so, it is probably worth thinking about creating a representative geometry in Revit (of much smaller file size), especially if visualization is not too important.

By | 2017-10-18T11:36:22+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|

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After concurrently manufacturing for the Radar EW industry and reading incompletely toward Mechanical Engineering at Stellenbosch University, I realigned toward the Architectural. Today I support the AEC professions in Cape Town as an Application Engineer for a Gold Autodesk Reseller in South Africa called Micrographics. I support and facilitate training on the following software platforms: Revit (Architectural, Structural and MEP); Civil3D; AutoCAD; SANSCalc and Lumion.