It's about time - Inventor 2017 New Features

Dennis Howell

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Under the category of Part Creation, a new Feature Relationship tool is available by right-clicking on the part in the Model Tree and then selecting Relationships.
A bit of orientation on the model shown. Focus should be primarily on the Fillet1, Emboss1 and the Gold Revel. Also note, the Hole1 and Violet Revel for reference.

Right-clicking on Fillet1 gives me the menu option to select Relationships...

The Relationships Manager dialog shows that the Fillet1 has as parents (at the top of the dialog) the Trunk and the Cap.  Children are listed at the bottom of the dialog, and the two of importance for our feature highlight are Emboss1 and Gold Revel.  Notice too, that neither the Violet Revel nor the Hole1 are listed.  What we learn is that there is a parental relationship held by the Fillet1 (the actual lower edge) and the placement of the children Emboss1 and Gold Revel.

The relationship, as designed, drives the placement of the Gold Revel and Emboss1.  If the Fillet1 radius changes, the two child features will reposition accordingly.

In the following example, by changing the radius of Fillet1 from 1-inch to 2-inches, the distance from the bottom of the fillet edge remains the same to the Gold Revel and Emboss1, while the distance between the Emboss1 and the Violet Revel is shortened.

Next, the fillet radius is changed to 1/2-inch.  Once again the distance between the parent Fillet1 and the children Emboss1 and Gold Revel remains the same.  Notice too, the distance between Emboss1 and Violet Revel is more pronounced.

In the past, to determine the designer's logic on feature modeling would involve studying the modeling process via moving the End of Part in the Model Tree.  Now with the Feature Relationships Manager, understanding how a model flexes becomes easier to understand, particularly as the part becomes more complex.

Next in this series, we will explore the capabilities of the Pattern feature.