Woodwork for Inventor is an add-on for the Autodesk Inventor mechanical design software which turns this software into a work environment for computer-aided design of furniture and other wooden products. This furniture design software package enables constructors to work more efficiently and accurately, with fewer errors, allowing them more time for creative work by automating routine tasks of digital information preparation required to start the manufacturing process.
Woodwork for Inventor adds an extra feature to the Autodesk Inventor software which allows the user to easily and visually assign furniture materials (Solid wood, Board, Laminated board, Multilayer board, Rod, Desktop, Veneer/film, Edge banding, Paint) to parts using the data base which can be freely added to by the user.
AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF MORTISES AND TENONS
Woodwork for Inventor uses its own mortise cutting method which, unlike conventional systems, primarily allows you to quickly arrange hardware fittings in a model and to automatically cut required holes accordingly.
MULTIPLICATION ARRANGEMENT OF FURNITURE HARDWARE
Woodwork for Inventor uses its own method of components arrangement which utilises the design connections (iMate) pre-existing in the assembly elements. The designer simply needs to specify which load-bearing geometric elements a specified component needs to be attached to and it will automatically be multiplied in all possible position combinations based on the specified load-bearing geometric element. As compared to standard Autodesk Inventor mechanisms, this ensures a much faster arrangement of fittings in a piece of furniture.
AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF EDGE BODY
Woodwork for Inventor allows you to automatically generate edge bodies based on the assigned edge banding material with a single click of a button and to recalculate the dimensions of the part model accordingly.
SIZE CALCULATIONS OF PART AND BLANK
Woodwork for Inventor expands the range of Autodesk Inventor design capabilities by adding a feature which can really come in handy for furniture makers. The designer, using the materials assignment command of Woodwork for Inventor, can easily assign the main material to an Autodesk Inventor part from which the part will be cut, and place coatings for the surfaces of the part which are necessary to realize the furniture construction.
EXPORT TO CUTTING OPTIMISATION PROGRAM
Woodwork for Inventor has a very flexible mechanism for combining specifications. To achieve this, you simply have to change the template in MS Excel format and in this way you can generate a report of a desired form. This principle allows easy generation of reports of a desired form and preparation of reports it so that they are supported by other programs.
AUTOMATIC GENERATOR OF DRAWINGS
Woodwork for Inventor allows for automated generation of product drawing bundles by a single command. The user can open any of their designed products and generate a chosen drawing bundle. These may include production drawings or documents for printing labels, etc. There is capability to export Drawings into new additional formats – PDF, DWG, DXF and DWF.
SPECIFICATION GENERATOR (BOM)
Woodwork for Inventor uses its own specification generator which allows for automatic generation of information required for furniture production based on the designed 3D furniture model.
USE OF PROTOTYPE AND ASSEMBLY COPYING
Woodwork for Inventor allows you to make an independent copy of any existing furniture model thus the designer is able to quickly design similar furniture of the same concept having different configurations and dimensions.
Woodwork for Inventor has an optional CAM feature which, based on the geometry of furniture parts, enables easy preparation of programs for CNC machine tools. To achieve this, you simply need to specify the datum point of the part and use a required operation: drilling, milling, mortising or cutting.
Currently, Woodwork for Inventor has post-processors for the following systems:
§ BiesseWorks (.cix)
§ AlphaCAM (.dxf)
§ CNI Informatica (.cni)
§ AutoCAD (.dxf)
§ TpaCAD (.tcn)
§ EdiCAD (.tcn)
§ IMAwop (.fmc)
§ MasterWood (.tlf)
§ WoodWOP (.mpr)
§ TwinCAM (.dxf)
§ Hops (.hop)