LiveLink™ for Inventor® Updates

For users of LiveLink™ for Inventor®, COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.2a makes it possible to connect to COMSOL Server™ from within Inventor®. It is now also easier to keep track of synchronized documents. Review all of the LiveLink™ for Inventor® updates in further detail below.

Connecting to COMSOL Server™ from Within the Inventor® Interface

When you have installed COMSOL® Client, a button will be made available for connecting to COMSOL Server™ from within Inventor®. This means that you can browse and run apps from within the Inventor® interface, including those that use geometry synchronized with Inventor®.

Keeping Track of Synchronized Documents

In order to prevent synchronization with an incorrect CAD document, the LiveLink™ for Inventor® interface now keeps track of the file name and path, as well as the table record, view, position, and level of detail representations of the synchronized Inventor® design. During the first synchronization, the file name is retrieved and documented. For subsequent synchronizations, the interface automatically selects the same file in the Inventor® software, as long as the file is open there, and switches to the previously synchronized state of the design.

Parameter Selection in CAD Assembly Components

The LiveLink™ interface now automatically synchronizes parameters that are selected in component files for assemblies. Previously, the parameters in the components had to be selected from the synchronized assembly file.

Updated Support for New CAD File Format Versions

The CAD file import and export functionality has been extended to support new versions for the following file formats:

Read From File

  • Parasolid® (.x_t, .xmt_txt, .x_b, .xmt_bin) up to V28.1
  • ACIS® (.sat, .sab, .asat, .asab) up to R25, 2016 1.0
  • CATIA® V5 (.CATPart, .CATProduct) R8-R25, 2016
  • Inventor® assemblies (.iam) versions 11, 2008-2016
  • Inventor® parts (.ipt) versions 6-11, 2008-2016
  • SOLIDWORKS® (.sldprt, .sldasm) versions 98-2016
  • AutoCAD® (.dwg) versions 2.5-2016
  • AutoCAD® DXF (.dxf, 3D) versions 2.5-2016

Write to File

  • ACIS® (.sat, .sab) R4, R7, and 2016 1.0
  • Parasolid® (.x_t, x_b) V28.1

A complete list of supported CAD file formats is found in the CAD Specification Chart under the "Read from File, CAD" and "Write to File" sections.

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