About Inventor iLogic
Add an additional layer of intelligence to your designs with the Inventor iLogic toolset. The feature will allow you to standardize and automate process designs, allowing you to reuse and capture your work in a simpler way. The product embeds a rule as an object directly into an assembly, drawing, and part documents. With inventor iLogic, users can define new templates and standards and analyze problems which would enable you to create not only 1 product, but a whole product family. The product also enables you to create a front-end form so that any input designs can be specified in a user-friendly interface, which would reduce user error.
iLogic is very user-friendly. It provides quick access to those functions when writing rules via snippets and it simplifies what might be a complex inventor API interaction via its own functions. This product also gives you a window into the inventor API which doesn’t require the use of VBA or the creation of a custom add-in. The iLogic can trigger an automatic update of a whole host of feature/component suppression, I property values, and parameters based on a variety of actions:
- Software events
- Parameter value change
- On demand by the user
- Drawing view changes or model geometry
- When a document is created
- Right before a document is saved
External rules are used as small programs or as iLogic rules that run like VBA macros manually. They are stored in VB files or text outside of any inventor document drawing, part, or assembly. You can view the external rules in the iLogic-browser, whatever document you open, the list is all the same. It is not fixed to each individual document.
iLogic offers several wizards which will allow you to create rules for specific tasks. These can be found under the wizard tab of the edit rule dialog box:
- Message box – create a rule that displays a windows message box
- Parameter limits – set maximum and minimum values for parameters
- Capture current view – capture view orientation and zoom display values
- Create a rule for a dialog – use a custom dialog box to drive parameter values
iLogic is very powerful, however, it cannot do everything. Using equations and parameters is typically the first step in automating an inventor model. If you are comfortable actively using the traditional methods of automating inventor, take a closer look at inventor iLogic and how you could expand its capabilities.