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We’re excited to announce the release of Autodesk Vault 2021.1. Did you know that many of the new features in each release of Vault data management software start as a customer suggestion? If you have an idea for a new feature or enhancement to share with our Vault team, visit the Vault Ideas Forum.

Now, let’s take a look at what’s new in Vault 2021.1. There’s a video at the end so you can see all the new productivity-boosting functionality in action.

Duplicate Search Enhancements

First seen in Vault 2020.2, the Duplicate Search feature enables you to easily run a 3D geometric search for parts, so you don’t waste time and effort documenting, releasing, and managing duplicates.

Now in Vault 2021.1, you can filter duplicate search results in the Find Duplicates panel within Inventor. Advanced filters help you identify duplicate components based on criteria such as a time period. For example, how long they have been checked into Vault or by their current release status.

After a duplicate search is run, advanced filters like same material, mirrored parts, or exact matches can be updated, and the duplicate search refreshed.

Saved Search Enhancements 

Vault 2021.1 now brings the ability to group saved searches in the Vault Client and Inventor. This allows you to organize your saved searches in a way that makes sense to you, such as by type, functionality, or category.

You also have the flexibility to rename groups and drag and drop searches into your groups as well as nest and organize them.

Vault 2021.1 also includes new custom views for saved searches so you can save settings such as fields, custom filters, and grid lines. This new functionality allows you to apply your custom views to your saved searches or create new custom views.

Show Details in the Inventor add-in

With Vault 2021.1 release, the Show Details dialog box for the Inventor add-in was vastly improved. Changes that you make in the Vault Client are immediately reflected in Inventor which saves a lot of time and streamlines the design process.

When you’re in Inventor the Show Details panel allows you to view information from Vault about your designs and perform Vault workflows – without having to leave the Inventor Interface. Also, the Show Details dialog box is now floating and dockable.

The columns shown in the Show Details dialog are configurable to show just the data you need. You can see details about your current model, such as its history, uses, where used, BOM, and ECO information.

Also, it is now possible to assign items directly from the Inventor add-in using the command in the Uses tab of the Show Details dialog. You can go to the associated item, change order and a folder location directly in the Vault Client.

Inventor Revit Interoperability 

Inventor 2021 gives building product manufacturers new tools to collaborate with architectural designers with Inventor AnyCAD for Revit models, allowing Revit project files to be referenced into Inventor assembly models for coordination of the design.

Now with Vault 2021.1, you can check in the Revit files within the Inventor assemblies, and also add the Revit file type using the Open from Vault and Place from Vault dialogs. This allows you to manage your referenced Revit models in Vault Professional for concurrent design and revision control.

Inventor Vault Add-in Dark Theme Support

The Vault ribbon and the browser inside Inventor now support the dark theme. You can easily switch between Dark and Light themes. In Inventor, go to Tools > Application Options panel > Colors tab. In the UI Theme section, click the drop-down list and select Dark.

Inventor Vault Add-In Exclude Path

A new Exclude Path option allows you to exclude files from being checked into Vault that you would like to manage separately. Excluded files will be loaded into Inventor from your local disk or network as normal but will not participate in the check in process. You can add, remove, or modify the excluded path under the Excluded Paths settings. You can also view files with excluded status in the Vault browser.

Additionally, if you are working on the data with missing files linked, you have the provision to place the missing files path in the exclude paths list, and those files will be ignored during check-in. Select Vault Options from the Autodesk Vault ribbon. Click Settings to configure exclude path settings.

Watch the video below to see Vault 2021.1 in action

For more information about what’s new in Vault 2021.1, visit the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

The Vault team values your feedback and product improvement requests. Please join the following communities to share your feedback and ideas:

Vault Feedback Community
Vault Ideas
Vault Forum

Learn More

Visit our Vault Roadmap to see a glimpse of what we’re working on for the future and how we intend to keep making Vault more modern, connected, and insightful.


Christa Prokos

Christa is a product marketing manager at Autodesk. She researches and writes about product development strategies and technologies, including data management and product lifecycle management. Outside work, you can find Christa gravitating toward engineers at social gatherings.

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