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Always print Inventor drawings with updated Mass values.

A - answer Autodesk Inventor assembly drawings often contains references to iProperties and physical properties of the model (parts). But the "mass" property may be not always updated and the printed drawing may contain inaccurate assembly mass information.

The following VBA macro ensures that printing is invoked after the mass properties are updated:

Sub PrintWithUpdateMass() 'Update mass in all referenced documents Dim drw As DrawingDocument Set drw = ThisApplication.ActiveDocument Dim doc As Document Dim mass As Double For Each doc In drw.AllReferencedDocuments mass = doc.ComponentDefinition.MassProperties.mass Next Call drw.Update 'Invoke print or other command Call ThisApplication.CommandManager.ControlDefinitions("AppFilePrintCmd").Execute End Sub

No error checking included for simplicity

You can assign this macro to a new "Print" icon on your ribbon - see the Tip 8267.

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18.10.2011    9307×  
applies to: Inventor 2012 ·

See also:
Tip 12881:How to attach multiple raster images to my DWG in one go?
Tip 12815:How to fill iProperties into Inventor files from Excel?
Tip 12627:How to override weight of an assembly component in Fusion 360?
Tip 11320:How to find volume, mass or surface area of a component in Fusion 360?
Tip 11189:Mass rename of spaces (Revit MEP) from rooms in an underlaid architecture model.

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