Working with Forgeworx Outputs
If this is your first time with Anvil Forgeworx Pro™, please see our Quickstart Documentation before proceeding.
All inputs will be made in the configurator screen; a walkthrough to this screen may be found here.
This guide will give an overview of the Anvil Forgeworx Pro™ outputs, both from inside the configurator and through the batch process. You will also be shown how to work with these outputs to get the most out of the Forgeworx experience.Available Outputs
The following outputs are available from Anvil Forgeworx Pro™:
Configurator and Batch Process (Fastforge)
- .dwg hanger sketch
- .stp solid model
- .iam native Autodesk Inventor model
- .csv BOM output (Coming soon!)
- .bomx XML file
Anvil Forgeworx Pro™ does not save drawings or models in the cloud. It saves configuration data, and the parametric system generates each output on the fly.
All Forgeworx outputs can be saved locally to the user's machine. However, this output has no associativity with Forgeworx and it will not update locally
if a change is made. It is best to make all changes in Forgeworx when possible.
.dwg and .iam files must be viewed or edited with Autodesk products 2014 and later.
Viewing the Sketch
.dwg hanger sketches generated by Forgeworx Pro are native Autodesk Inventor files. They can be opened with Autodesk Inventor or any Autocad (Autocad, AutocadLT, TrueView etc…) with a release year of 2014 or later. A free online viewer can be found here. DWG TrueView can be used as a viewer, and Autodesk C360 lets you upload and edit your drawings in the cloud.
Editing the Sketch in AutoCad
Open the sketch up in any version of Autocad 2014 or later. What you see is the layout view. To convert to model space for editing, right click on the tabs and select "Export Layout to Model":
Continue with the prompts and open the drawing. The sketch will be in three blocks:
- Hanger drawing – Includes the geometry of the hanger projected onto the sketch
- Isometric View
- Annotations, including title block
All blocks can be edited with the block editor..stp Solid Model
.stp files are generic solid model formats. They can be viewed and edited with any reader or modeler that can work with ISO 10303-21 .stp files.
.iam 3D model
The .iam is a native Autodesk Inventor assembly file. When saving an Inventor assembly locally, there are two types of files – The part files (.ipt), and the assembly files (.iam). When you click on the assembly button in Forgeworx, a .zip file containing all the part files and assembly files needed for that hanger.
To open a native inventor .iam, download and unzip the .zip folder. There will be three assembly files in the unzipped folder. Open the "Support_Assembly" file. Note that Inventor needs to be release year 2014 or later.
*Important – When the .iam is opened in Inventor, it will be zoomed in to the space at the center of the pipe. To view the support, simply zoom out or hit the "home" button in the Inventor view cube.
.bomx BOM output (Fastforge only)
.bomx output is an XML file that contains the bill of material for a single mark number. It can be renamed with a .xml file extension and be open with Internet Explorer to verify the contents of the bill of material. Multiple .bomx files will come in a zipped folder. For more details on working with .bomx please contact us.
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