Back at the end of March 2012, Autodesk launched Inventor 2013. With that release came a more unified materials and appearance experience with other products in the Autodesk stable. At first it struggled, there were lots of bugs and it was a controversial change with many users. I personally loved the direction, but disliked the reliability and it was just clunky.
With Inventor 2014 came a large number of refinements, they were very welcome indeed and resulted in a reasonably we refined tool. BUT, users missed the ability to window select faces and edges to assign color overrides. This has frustrated a lot of users and I’ve seen a number of users asking for the Inventor development team to add the ability to do so… however, you CAN window select faces already, it’s just not immediately obvious.
Thanks to Shaan Hurley, in association with Design & Motion, I’m pleased to have the opportunity to share a video I’ve created showing you how to window select faces to apply appearance overrides en masse.
As a final note, I wouldn’t have even known about this tip if I wasn’t participating actively in the Inventor beta program. It’s thanks to Chris Mitchell, that myself and the others who read the tip in that forum, have learnt about this approach to batch applying appearances. So become a better Inventor user and contribute to the direction of your most important design tool by signing up to the Autodesk beta program at beta.autodesk.com.
If you liked this post, you may find these Design & Motion post’s helpful:
- Inventor | Creating Custom Materials & Libraries in 2014
- Inventor | Materials Editor Navigation
- Inventor | Appearance In-canvas overrides
- How do I deal with style differences in Autodesk Inventor?
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Scott Moyse, writes on Design & Motion, and MFG Technical Specialist at CADPRO Systems, is a CAD engineer specializing in manufacturing design processes, software and team management. With more than ten years of professional design experience, Scott works in a number of disciplines, including 3D CAD, PDM and PLM, CAM programming, CNC machine operation and research and development.
Thanks Scott and Design & Motion!
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