Starting the command and navigating in the program window
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The Assembly Copier command is launched based on your objectives:
1. Rename - renaming mode. Used to change file names or iProperty field values for a selected assembly.
2. Copy - copying mode. Used to copy a selected assembly to a specified location in the disc.
3. Insert - insertion mode. Used to insert a selected sub-assembly into an assembly being designed.
This mode can only be launched when the Autodesk Inventor program is running, and when no document is open. In this case, you have to select a desired assembly in the Assembly Copier and perform a renaming process. Click here for more information on how the Assembly Copier works in the renaming mode. On the other hand, the Assembly Copier command activated in this mode can be also used in the copying mode.
The Assembly Copier can be launched both from the Autodesk Inventor environment and as a separate Windows program.
The Assembly Copier is launched in the Autodesk Inventor environment from the Quick Access Toolbar.
Then the Assembly Copier opens an assembly file that is a currently active Autodesk Inventor document.
Another way to launch this program is by starting it as an independently working command. You can do this by clicking the “Assembly Copier” start button which can be found on your computer desktop.
The program launched this way does not have any content in it and it is necessary to specify a disc location as what Autodesk Inventor file needs to be opened to perform copying.
To open the command, go to:
Assembly –> Place
The Assembly Copier in the assembly insert mode is launched from the insert component in the assembly menu. Its operation is unique in that the copy of the selected assembly is inserted into the structure of the assembly already under construction. During the insertion process, names for renaming are selected based on the Tree Counter renaming scheme which is applied to File Name and Part Name fields. The initial value of the counter is set so that the item being inserted acquires a code number which follows the numeration of the existing assembly. For example, we have designed a Kitchen project which includes six cabinets:
Thus, for example, when inserting a drawer block prototype into this project, the Assembly Copier automatically scans the Kitchen project assembly and finds the first non-repetitive name value available (in this case Kitchen 07) Then the drawer block assembly is automatically numbered from the aforesaid number and is inserted in the assembly.
The user can also apply other desired schemes. The location for copying is set automatically by creating a sub-catalogue which is found in the same catalogue that contains the assembly being designed.
The figure below shows the navigation in the Assembly Copier command.
Assembly Copier window
In the program window you can see the following commands and functional areas:
1. Autodesk Inventor assembly file (*.iam) opening command.
2. Window for representing the opened assembly content.
3. Filtering option selection area for the nodes of the opened assembly.
4. Selection area for copying location and renaming methods and their options
5. Copy/rename start command.
6. Opening the copying options selection window.
7. Help button.
8. Undo and redo commands.
9. Changing assembly representation in the content window. You can switch between structural and list representations of the assembly.