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Graham Harrison
20 years of experience boosting productivity in the Computer Aided Design world. Previous to joining Micro Concepts my role was as an Electrical Project Engineer for a German multi national leader in the building services and switchgear market. Microsoft MCP, Prince 2 practitioner and many years of experience in everything CAD and Autodesk related. The original creator of Micro Concepts Inventor Tools
Interests: Automation, Data Management, Process control, PLM, application design, progress, progress, progress.
Recent Activity
Normally it is a manual process to change Sheet sizes in Inventor - you have to swap title blocks and revision tables end up in the wrong place? Applying a sheet format to an existing sheet would be useful. While we wait for that functionality to be added here's a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Design Automation
Ever wanted to share global settings out to all your users? Well this app developed by Doug Redmond at Autodesk will do exactly that for you. Freely accessible from the Autodesk App store the app needs to be installed on all your vault clients. The administrator can then create a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at From the Vault
With Vault you will notice performance degrades once you start storing hundreds of files in a directory. Above 300 files in a directory you may notice the refresh time for the grid starts to impact your use of the vault. There are some simple tips to help overcome this. On... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at From the Vault
Need a simple method to create a single part from an assembly with no link to the original. You can easily derive an assembly and then break the link. This iLogic rule does just that for you in one function: Try Dim g_App As Inventor.InventorServer = ThisApplication Dim AssDoc as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Design Automation
Ever need to adjust the height of text in a part sketch in conjunction with a parameter value? You can set different styles to different heights but you would need a different style for each height which could become cumbersome. Below is an iLogic rule that can adjust the height... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Design Automation
The new version of Inventor Tools is now released and available to download from Tools 2016 New functionality added is a workspace checking tool for Vault, allowing you to find files that have yet been added to the vault. This works with Vault Pro, Workgroup and Basic and allows... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at From the Vault
The new version of Inventor Tools is now released and available to download from Tools 2016 New functionality added is a workspace checking tool for Vault, allowing you to find files that have yet to be added to the vault. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Design Automation
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at From the Vault
It's sometimes a requirement for a drawing that is 1:1 and sheet size matched to the view size. DXF profile outputs for example is a common scenario where we are asked for this. We can quite easily achieve this with a very simple ilogic rule: shwidth=ActiveSheet.View("VIEW1").Width shheight=ActiveSheet.View("VIEW1").Height ActiveSheet.ChangeSize(shwidth, shheight, MoveBorderItems... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Design Automation
The text styles for the AutoCAD symbols are defined in the library symbols, each in their own individual dwg file. The IEC symbols use a text style named WD_IEC pointing at an isocp2 font. If this doesn't meet your standard then rather than change each individual block, the best method... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
Quick ilogic rule for resetting the display name in a drawing: Sub Main() Dim odoc As DrawingDocument odoc = ThisApplication.ActiveDocument odoc.DisplayNameOverridden = False End Sub Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Design Automation
The 2016 version of AutoCAD Electrical has just been released. It includes some subtle but extremely productive new features, particularly in the project manager and also live linking to Inventor harnesses. There's a new location view tab that allows you to view devices in your project and directly access their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at AutoCAD Electrical
You have design review and the browser plug in installed on your client but you still see the message Autodesk® Design Review Browser Add-in is not available to display this content when you try to view a file. To enable the viewing of the dwfs in the web browser you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at From the Vault
Batch Update Out of Date Vault Visualisation Files For one reason or another it may be useful to do a batch update of Visualisation files (DWF/DWFx) inside Vault Professional. Below are steps to complete this on more of a batch level, rather than file by file, utilising the Job Server.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at From the Vault
There's a pack and go tool in Vault that is great for sharing files outside of vault, that gives options for a complete pack and go of assemblies, and all required parts or just the dwfs and sending these directly to an email. It even includes a tool for automatically... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at From the Vault
The Vault 2015 client installer doesn't include the client for Microsoft Office 2013. If this is functionality you need then it is available for download. There are separate downloads for Vault Workgroup/Professional 2015: and Vault Basic 2015: Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at From the Vault
There are occasions when we might want to pass the Bill of Material Item number in the assembly back to an iproperty in the component file. Sometimes useful on frame assemblies or where an assembly is referring to unique parts to be able to show a part item number at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Design Automation
Need to suppress a rule from another rule? Quite easy with the iLogicVb.Automation.GetRule function. Take the example where you want to easily switch off all the configuration rules in your model. You can individually suppress each rule or you can, through a rule, use a single true/false parameter to turn... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Design Automation
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Feb 4, 2015
Automatically Creating Vault Logins For Windows Active Directory Users Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at From the Vault
Often in iLogic we will update the options available for parameter values through our rules. For example, we might restrict the material finishes available to select from based on another factor such as the material. If Material = "Aluminum" Then MultiValue.SetList("Finish", ”Natural Anodised” , “Satin Brushed”) ElseIf Material = "Steel"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Design Automation
We often come across scenarios where we have a number of identical components and according to another parameter a number of these need to be active and a number of them suppressed. For example it may be number of stair treads or balustrades on a staircase. Easy to control when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Design Automation
Example iLogic rule to create Inventor Parameters, as required by Woodworking for Inventor. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Design Automation
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Oct 23, 2014