Posts Tagged ‘iPart’

Placing 2D Surface iParts into Assemblies

October 14, 2014

When you try placing a 2D surface iPart into an assembly, nothing is displayed. However, the Model Browser displays the component instances. No error messages show up. Figure 1 and 2 shown below displays the before and after of the placement.


Figure 1 Before placement

Figure 2

Figure 2 After placement

As you can see, five instances of the iPart are placed but none of them are visible.


Update: Before placing the iPart into the assembly, assign an iMate to the surface iPart. It will show up once it is placed into the assembly. Thanks for the tip, Charles Parnell!


There are a two workarounds for this problem.

  1. Give the 2D iParts a thickness (shown in Figure 3)
  2. Place the 2D surfaces as individual Parts (shown in Figure 4)

Once you give the iParts a thickness, the component instances will appear in the Model Space.


Figure 3 After adding thickness


Figure 4 Placing 2D surfaces as individual parts

I-part Table Edit with Excel in Win 7

July 27, 2011

For those of you who build and use iParts you may have noticed a problem using Win Excel on a Windows 7 platform.

The problem only appears if you attempt to edit the iPart table with Excel; it does nothing at all, and finally returns control to Inventor. This fix will allow you to edit the table with the spreadsheet or “Edit via Spreadsheet”


Autodesk has placed a support document on the Support > Knowledge Base that guides you through the process to repair this editing problem.

  • In my case it only appeared after the installation of Product Design Suite Ultimate 2012 and Office 2010. I have made the registry adjustment to correct the issue and it is now working correctly.


NOTE you MUST be very careful in making this fix; anytime you edit the system registry you can create errors in your operating system that can force you to completely rebuild your system from the ground up. Please read all the information attached to this document; DO NOT SKIP any step outlined in the Autodesk knowledge base article.

The article ID number is “TS14079866” and should look like the snapshot below. The article also includes a video file that you should review; it is NOT attached here…

Link to Autodesk Article:

The link above will take you directly to the fix. I direct you to this site for the Autodesk method to accomplish the correction. Total Cad will not repair or rebuild or take any responsibility for your system in the event this operation fails. This article is to be used at your own risk. Following the procedures in the Knowledge Base article should be conducted by someone very knowledgeable with editing the system registry, and who has administrative rights on the system to be fixed. It is recommended/required that a backup of the system and the registry be completed before going forward with this operation.

The Article includes this disclaimer, and I reference here, please read the article before proceeding with any operations

Included in the article is an additional link to the Microsoft®  Registry Editor, “TS66513”, (noted above) this should also be reviewed.

If the operation is properly completed the Edit via Spreadsheet will work correctly on the repaired system. I did on mine and it should on yours…

Good Luck,