Copy and paste are certainly two of my favorite commands when using a word processing application. In fact control-C/control-V are part of most applications. Their omission from most any Windows application would raise eyebrows. People are just so used to having these capabilities. Copy/paste produces an exact duplicate. What if I want to duplicate something and then need to modify it? With a word processor, I simply copy/paste and then backspace over the part and I wish to change and enter the new text. This is not too bad. It's certainly better than typing in everything from scratch. But what if I have to do that many times? It can get tedious.
Often designs will incorporate multiple instances of a standard element that needs to be adjusted with each instance. When dealing with a large number of elements, making these adjustments manually is time-consuming and prone to error. This is where the iCopy for Inventor comes in.
iCopy for Inventor allows you to make multiple copies of an assembly that automatically resize to fit your design. Right now, it is compatible with Inventor 2010 - both 32-bit and 64-bit. If there is demand, 2009 support may come later. By capturing a few key constraints, such as connection points and paths, iCopy creates and inserts multiple instances of the assembly and automatically adjusts the size and shape of each instance based on your functional requirements. Please take this for a test drive and let us know what you think at [email protected].
Previewing technology that could make it easier to create designs is alive in the lab.