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    Default Single IPT vs Multiple IPTs with IAM

    HI ALL,
    With the learning of Inventor, there are many approaches to the same result.
    I mean, for example, that you can create a single IPT file when drawing a dining table or create IPT files for table legs, table top, bracket, etc. then have an IAM file at assembly level.
    My question is that which method above is the best when considering of
    1) document management;
    2) reducing drafting work load; and
    3) having better drawing presentation.

    And I think this will be the very first decision to be made when the item/equipment comes more complicate.

    Your helps are much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Single IPT vs Multiple IPTs with IAM

    Quote Originally Posted by BoKirra View Post
    1) document management;
    2) reducing drafting work load; and
    3) having better drawing presentation.
    Virtual representation of the real world equivalents.

    In the real world a part is a part. The same part might be used in several different assemblies.
    In the real world an assembly is a collection of parts. Might also be used as sub-assemblies in many different assemblies.
    In the real world a drawing is a sheet of paper. It might document a part, an assembly or a sub-assembly but it is not a part, an assembly or a sub-assembly, it is a sheet of paper.

    Set up your files as virtual representations of the real world.
    Some people are confused by this.
    Worried that they can't keep up with all of the files.

    Put them all in a project folder.
    What is the difference between a folder icon and any other file icon?
    All 1s and 0s in the computer.

    The people out on the shop floor have no difficulty in understanding parts, assemblies and drawings.

    Having said all of this, Inventor 2010 now allows multi-body solids which can really help in some design scenarios. It has an icon to push out the individual part files and the assembly.
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