How to Create Inventor Templates in 3 Simple Steps

How to Create Autodesk Inventor Templates in 3 Simple Steps

Inventor templates are a really useful tool to embed into your existing workflows. A properly executed template file, or series of template files, will instil standardisation increase efficiency. Standards are created and enforced because the template file comes preset with plot styles, layers, blocks, styles and more. Since these drawing attributes are preinstalled, it also creates efficiency. Drawings are created from a drawing template file. Autodesk Inventor includes standard templates (.idw.dwg) stored in the Autodesk\Inventor (version number)\Templates folder. The available templates are presented in the Create New File dialog box.

Step 1 – Drawing Templates

Drawing templates can contain sheet formats, borders, title blocks, and sketch symbols. Templates also control the default styles and standards used for the appearance of views and annotations. When you first start a drawing, the title block, border, sheet size and other elements come from the template.

Step 2 – Default styles

Secondly, The template you select to create a drawing file determines the default sheet size, title block, border, and so on. You can change the sheet size, title block, and border after you create the drawing. The template controls the default styles and standards used for the appearance of views and annotations.

Step 3 – Create Customised Templates

Finally, create customized templates and save them in the Templates folder. To set up a drawing template, open a template file from Autodesk\Inventor (version number)\Templates. Make your changes, and save the file with a new name in the Templates folder. The new template is available the next time the New File dialog box displays. Create different templates for the different sheets sizes you use, or create multiple sheet formats in a single template.

Customise a drawing sheet in a template, change the default sheet size and specify sheet orientation. Once you have done this, modify the border and title blocks to fit the sheet. You can find borders and title blocks in the Drawing Resources folder in the browser.


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