Woodwork for Inventor
How long have you been looking for the ideal CAD platform to create your woodworking models in? We welcome yet another addition to our family of diverse CAD solutions, which will be the answer to your frustration “Woodwork for Inventor”!
The design of furniture is a unique environment with complex and often overlooked requirements, some functionality for which can be found in a multitude of CAD Software.
With Woodwork for Inventor, we bring the advanced 3D CAD parametric technology of Autodesk Inventor straight to the furniture, cabinetry design and manufacturing industry. You can now invest in a CAD software that will actually provide you with the tools you need to more accurately design for wood, harnessing automated processes that will reduce design inaccuracy and assist you to deliver projects more quickly and effectively!
SKELETON DRESS UP
Commands that are based on the item’s shape volume for the Dress Up features allow for easy and quick board creation. Simply select the surface of the volume, thickness of board and its position in relation to the surface to create the board body automatically. Creating different shelves has never been easier.
MULTIPLICATION ARRANGEMENT OF FURNITURE HARDWARE
Component arrangements using pre-existing assembly elements of the design connections (iMate) is a unique design method to Woodwork for Inventor. By specifying load-bearing geometric elements for a component, you’re able to automatically consider every combination of the load-bearing geometric element. This speeds up the typical Autodesk Inventor arrangement mechanisms for furniture fittings.
ASSIGNING DESIGN MATERIALS
Assigning materials to your furniture is now even easier when using Woodwork for Inventor. Visually assign Solid wood, Board, Laminated board, Multilayer board, Desktop, Veneer/film, Edge banding, Paint, etc via the customizable database.
Calculating material is done differently, based on which material is used. In other words, profiles are calculated in length, boards in sq. maters, and so on and so forth. These are then visually available in reports as well.
MORTISES AND TENONS
With the click of a button in Woodwork for Inventor you’re able to create edge bodies from edge banding material and calculate dimensions of the part model.
Woodwork for Inventor parts are analyzed and the position of the component in relation to the parts allows for automatic mortise and tenon cutting by way of one command. Ensuring mortises and tenons remain in sync in all joining parts, joining component adjustments retains its form their when brought in.
SIZE CALCULATIONS OF PARTS AND BLANK
The materials assignment function in Woodwork for Inventor extends Autodesk Inventor’s capability for furniture design. Simply assign the main material for an Inventor part to be cut out along with the costings required to ensure that construction of the furniture is correct. This reduces unnecessary design time, yet still ensures parts are fully specified.
BILL OF MATERIALS (BOM)
A unique specification generator to Woodwork for Inventor uses the 3D model of the furniture to report product structure, material summary, buy-in components, cutting lists, parts and more. A spreadsheet template can be used to easily modify the specification at any time.
SMART IBOX COMPONENTS
By using the Woodwork for Inventor add-on you’re able to harness existing Inventor design techniques. The best results being achieved with the Multi-body Skeleton method. Further skeleton dress up functionality enhances the Multi-Body Skeleton method for frame furniture design. This in turn creates models that are easier to modify or turn into library components for further use in the interior, a more complex process.
NESTING AND EXPORTING TO OPTIMISED CNC PROGRAMS
The CAM module in Woodwork for Inventor allows for parts to be cut out of a single sheet by means when creating CNC programs. By taking the already designed product, a designer is able to automatically create the CNC programs for each part. This automatically considers pattern direction and edge banding of the parts. The CNC parts can then be transferred to the cutting scheme design environment via automatic selection. A preview layout of the parts on the workpiece will be available to the designer.
GENERATE DRAWINGS AUTOMATICALLY
A single command automatically generates drawing bundles. These drawing bundles can include label printing documentation, fabrication drawings or more, as desired. A drawing bundle for a wooden piece of furniture may for example include dimensions, edge-banding, grain direction or even tables for hole co-ordinates etc. Material identification is generated according to the product specification template, considering all modifications to that template.
GENERATING CNC PROGRAMS
Automatic and manual CNC technology creation is possible in Woodwork for Inventor. The automatic generation is available via a single click for an assembly of the furniture model. Further manipulation of CAM module parameters is available to the designer. These will naturally affect the content of the automatically generated technology and adjust operational sequencing, as you desire.
REPLICATING THE PROTOTYPE
Copying furniture designs for similar model creation is easy in order to retain the original model, and save time when creating derivatives with slightly different dimensions and configurations.Easily rename files while retaining links to components the way they are arranged in the original prototype. Simply create a new specification, adjusting the parameters you need changed and all related working drawings will be generated accordingly.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING & DATA INTEGRATION WITH AUTODESK VAULT PROFESSIONAL
For advanced manufacturing process integration, Woodwork for Inventor works seamlessly with Autodesk Vault Professional. Creating standard parts, dimensions, materials, colour codes etc will ensure that your manufacturing processes are streamlined. Design parameters from Woodwork for Inventor can be transferred to multiple designs by way of a component property to the Vault Professional data tab.
Some advantages of using Woodwork for Inventor from Micrographics
|Parameters||For designing up to 1000 parts||For designing more than 1000 parts|
|Microsoft Windows OS||Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10||Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10|
Autodesk Inventor or Autodesk Inventor Pro (2017, 2018, 2019)
Autodesk Inventor or Autodesk Inventor Pro (2017, 2018, 2019)
|Processor||64-bit Intel or AMD, 2 GHz or faster||Intel® Xeon® E3 or Core i7 or equivalent, 3.0 GHz or greater|
|RAM||8 GB RAM||20 GB RAM|
|Video card||Microsoft Direct3D 10® capable graphics card or higher||Microsoft Direct3D 11® or capable graphics card or higher|
- Autodesk Inventor software
- 15 GB free disk space for installation
- 1280 x 1024 or higher screen resolution
- Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016
- Internet connection