This class will be a presentation of tips, tricks, and work-arounds for the Inventor software Tube & Pipe add-in. A powerful design tool built into the Inventor software landscape, Tube & Pipe is the bread-and-butter tool for many designers. We will explore some advanced editing techniques, as well as secrets and work-arounds for successfully routing and populating pipe runs in this environment. The class will focus on rigid piping, but tips will be applicable to flexible hose and tubing design as well. This session features Inventor Professional.
- Learn about dynamic route editing techniques
- Learn how to copy and reuse pipe runs and make them adaptive
- Learn how to fill unwanted gaps in pipe routes
- Learn some advanced authoring and BOM reporting techniques
I am the CAD department supervisor at Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing in St. Louis, Michigan. I have been working as a mechanical designer and drafter for more than 20 years, using Autodesk, Inc., products for the majority of that time. For the last several years, I have been the lead CAD technician and Vault software administrator at Powell Fab. I have been implementing changes to the company’s document management procedures using Vault Professional software as the main system for life cycle and revision control, and have implimented engineering change orders to control all drawing changes. I was inducted in the first class of Autodesk Expert Elites for my activity on the Autodesk discussion forums and social media, and for my CAD Tips, Tricks & Workarounds blog. I've spoken at Autodesk University 3 times, including a trip to Moscow in 2014 to speak at AU Russia. My specialties are Inventor Tube & Pipe and Frame Generator, Content Center and Vault Professional.
I have associates degree in Mechanical Engineering and CAD/CAM and started using CAD in 1985 while in college. But my first job out of college was based on 80% board drafting and 20% CAD. I'm a self-taught Autocad user and started out in Release 9. Also I’ve been using Inventor and Vault since 2008. In addition to that I have experience in Pro/E, Smarteam, and Lean Manufacturing. I basically started out as a CAD Draftsman for a few years and finally moved over into CAD management instead of becoming a designer. Close to 15 years I supported CAD and/or document management system for a few companies. Currently I'm a Product Support Specialist/Help Desk Tech for an Autodesk reseller (www.synergis.com/cad).