Chapter 15

Automating the Design Process and Table-Driven Design

No matter how quickly or easily you can build parts and assemblies, the repetition of building designs that are essentially similar is still a drain on resources. Certain parts or products can easily be defined by tables or dimensions of rules. The Autodesk® Inventor® software works with these types of design on a few different levels.

Using iParts and iAssemblies, it’s easy to create a family of parts using a table in the part or an external spreadsheet to manage the variations on the size and features of the components. Using iAssemblies, you can configure variations on an assembly in much the same way, and the process remains manageable.

The next level uses a technology called ...

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