Review the complete overhaul to the Hole command. Sketch, linear, and place holes are all available from a single streamlined interface.
- [Narrator] One of the largest improvements in AutoInventor is the complete overhaul to the whole command. In this release there's a new UI, there's a new streamline dimensioning process, and there's also the ability to save preconfigured settings for a type of hole. Let's have a look. On the screen, you see Holes Start.ipt. This is the start file we'll be working with so just place some holes as we test out the new capabilities. We're going to go ahead and launch the hole command from the modified menu. And right out of the gate, you'll see a completely new UI.
Rather than seeing a dialogue box or heads up display, you're seeing this is a panel. The benefit of having a panel is that there's a bunch of different options around how you can dock it or position it. Right now, I've got it docked on the right, but if I left click and drag, I could float it as a dialogue box. I could dock it against the side of the browser. Because its a panel, I could even dock it in the browser next to the model panel. Or finally, I could put it up above the browser if I wanted to. I'm going to go ahead and leave mine on the right. I think it give me a good central view of the model, I still get to see the browser, and all of the hole information.
Now to begin, Inventor wants to know where you're going to place the hole. In the past, you've had to select whether or not you wanted a linear, concentric, or from the sketch holes. That's all been streamlined into a single placement capability. Here you can see that the icon is red, looking for the specific position. So I can simply hover over the top face and left click near the corners on each of these corners to locate off screw holes on that face. Now you'll notice the last one I placed has an orange dot on it.
This is the active hole. I can select the center point of any of these other holes to make them the active hole but the reason for this is so that I can actually either make it concentric or dimension it and position it properly. In this case, I want these to be concentric to the filets on the corners so I'm going to hover over that face and left click, and now you can see it's red because its fully positioned. Now I can work my way around and select each of the other corners to position those holes as well.
Now that those are all in place, we can look at the dialogue box and make sure the hole is configured properly. In this case, I want these to be counter board holes and, as you can see, I've got a counter board seat. I know I'm going to put a screw through these so I'm going to make them a clearance fit hole. I'm going to use a socket head cap screw but I could pick any and I've set it to quarter inch. It's going though all as a termination, and what's important here is none of these settings have been changed. These are all the settings that you've had in the previous versions. They're just more streamlined from a UI standpoint.
Now that I have the hole configured the way I want, I know that this is a hole that I use quite frequently. Because of that, I'm going to actually save this as a preset. And I can do that here at the top of the dialogue. If you click the dropdown, right now it's set to last use and that's the only option we have. By clicking the plus symbol next that, create new preset Inventor actually goes and gathers up all the information from this hole and it configures it and saves it as a specific type. We can then change the description if we want. In this case for example, I don't need to see counter board fully spelled out, I don't need to see socket head cap screw fully spelled out, and I don't need to see the clearance fit because I know the system selects that automatically based on the size of the screw.
So given that, I like this label. I can go ahead and click the check mark next to this and now when I hit the dropdown, I have last used plus this clearance, counter board, socket head cap screw option as well. I'm going to go ahead and select okay to place those holes. And now we can look at it one more time but lets place some linear holes this time. We're going to launch the hole command one more time. And this time, I'm going to place a couple holes near the center of the model and now I'm going to go ahead and reconfigure this to be a different type of hole.
Rather than counter board, I don't want to a seat on it. I'm going to make it a tapped hole for a quarter 20 screw. And I'm going to make sure it goes through all. Now because again, because this is something I use quite frequently, I'm going to go ahead and save that as a preset. I'm going to say tapped, in this case through, one quarter. And I'm going to go ahead and check the check mark and save that as a preset. You can see its now added to this drop down.
Now before we finish, we need to locate these holes. We can do that by simply selecting the edge on the model that we want to reference to. I can select the end and the edge on this one and then I can switch to the other hole and do the same on the other end. Now I have those holes positioned, I have my preset made, and before we finish, the last thing I want to call out is your preset settings. This is where you could delete your preset or rename a preset if you made a mistake.
Let's go ahead and select okay. And now we have those holes placed and positioned properly all from within the hole dialogue box without creating any sketches at all.