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Automatic feature recognition on imported 3D models.

A - answer 3D models imported into Inventor from neutral data exchange file formats (STEP, IGES, SAT) are "dumb" models without the original design features (holes, fillets...).

In Inventor there is only a limited set of editing functions available to edit such models (right-click on the "Base1" item in the Inventor browser). But you can use the new "Feature Recognition" add-on module for Inventor 11 and 2008 - currently available as a technology preview on The Feature Recognition module performs an automatic or semi-automatic recognition of design features (hole, extrude, fillet...) in 3D models imported from exchange formats.

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applies to: Inventor 2008 · Inventor 11 ·

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