What's new in v13

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The main new feature of this year’s version of Woodwork for Inventor V13 is that the system now has its own Application Programming Interface (API). This feature is important for system installers and users. It makes Woodwork for Inventor even more flexible in adapting to a company’s specific activities. Currently, API covers the following areas:



Woodwork for Inventor API
1.Allows the user to write their own applications and use some of the functionality of Woodwork for Inventor in them. Custom applications can be developed in C#, VBA and iLogic environments. This currently includes the following areas:
a.Scanning materials from the Woodwork for Inventor database.
b.Assignment of fill material to the part and cover material to the faces.
c.Deleting materials from the part.
d.Control of material textures (Grain direction).
e.Oversize control.
f.Additional functionality to automatically assemble collections of faces, which for example only contain a collection of side faces of a piece of furniture.



Post-Processor API

1. Post-Processor API allows the user to create their own Post-Processors for CNC machines. Until now, only Woodwork for Inventor developers could do this. Post-Processors are written in JavaScript, which can be edited with any text editor. MS Visual Studio Code editor can be used, which allows editing and debugging of the Post-Processor.


2.Macro functions and API. Woodwork for Inventor Macro has all the necessary functionality for creating, editing and using the Macros. In short, the Macro functionality allows creating a fragment of CNC processing program for the desired hardware. After the component has been inserted into the design context and the Sculpt operation has been performed, the program is transferred to the part context and can be interpreted as a sculpt processing operation in the Woodwork for Inventor CAM module. In this way, the user can create CNC processing fragments that are difficult to implement using the standard Woodwork for Inventor CAM tools. For example, the processing of a component such as Clamex Lamello can be created and used in the CNC build process. The Macro description is developed in JavaScript and a number of tools are provided for debugging it, including the MS Visual Studio Code editor.



Modified and extended Skeleton DressUp
1.The Panel Extend command has been introduced to extend a specified panel to a specified bounding plane. The panel can serve as a work plane or as any plane face of another panel. When traversing a plane, it is possible to specify the gap to be left between the part and the plane.


2.Modified Panel Trim command. Previously, a panel could only be trimmed by another panel or a work plane. Now any flat panel surface can be specified as a bounding plane. In addition, it is possible to specify the gap to be left between the bounding plane and the trimmed panel.


3.Modified Panel Miter command. It is now possible to specify the desired gap size between angled panels.



Work with Model State components has been introduced
1.It is now possible to create your own standard components (Hardware) based on Autodesk Inventor Model State feature. Configuration management is provided in the following areas:
a.Hardware Attachment – allows you to select the desired configuration of a component before it is placed in a design context.
b.iMatch – allows you to transfer the Model State configuration of one component to another component.
c.The BOM generator correctly responds to and interprets Model State configurations.



Material Editor – filtering of entries has been made possible to facilitate the search for entries


The {Item.Mass} keyword has been added to the Keywords system of the Specification Generator (BOM), which allows the mass of a part to be derived into a specification (BOM)


Generation of drawings (AutoPlot)

The part orientation projection settings have been extended to allow the part to be oriented according to the clamping of the part in CAM technology, which has the most operations. It is also possible to request that the surface (excluding the sides) of the part that has the smallest area is facing you.



CAM module
1.The tool length verification mechanism has been changed. It is now linked to the body of the part workpiece rather than to the inclined planes of the operations, which used to lead to an unreasonable requirement to use very long tools. The diagnostic mechanism now shows graphically where in the path the tool is damaging the workpiece due to too short a tool length.


2.The nesting operation has been supplemented with tool information.


3.Further development of the contour processing algorithms was carried out.