Our Inventor models contain all the information we need to manufacture our design. This is our end goal… except for when it isn’t!
You may want to share your design while protecting your IP. You may want a simplified version of your design for simulation or rendering.
You may want to reduce file size to speed up your large assemblies, or you may want to create a simplified version of your model for export to another format, such as BIM.
Autodesk Inventor’s simplification tool set allows you to simplify your design from the ‘top down’, algorithmically removing parts or features to meet your specification.
Autodesk Inventor 2022 brings us a new version of the simplify command, moving the user interface into a dockable property panel and providing additional functionality, like the automatic removal of embossed features.
Watch the embedded video below for a quick tour of the new simplify user interface in Inventor 2022.
Top down Vs bottom-up simplification
Inventor’s simplification toolset is great when you reach the end of your design process and you find that you need to provide a simplified version of your design.
Inventor 2022 brings us a new way to simplify – from the ‘bottom up’.
Autodesk Inventor 2022 brings us a new workflow called ‘Model states’. Model states can be used to create families of components, to show manufacturing stages or to give an alternative – simplified version of the design.
Model states in Assemblies can be linked to model states in parts, so a change to the assembly model state triggers a change to the model state in all sub-components.
This means that you can make the creation of simplified components a standard part of your design process, creating simplified version of the design as you go and rolling them up into a simplified version of your design as you complete the modelling process.
Watch this video for an example of bottom-up simplification using model states in action.