Inventor 2019.3 File Naming for Frame Generator

Have you seen this yet?  Have you used it?  I’m pretty proud of this one because it was one of my first Idea Forum ideas in Inventor.  Here’s the back story:

We use Frame Generator a lot, and I mean all the time.  Our projects use a project number with a specific suffix for each discipline.  Frames are -04, so a typical name might be 21000B-04.  We like to have this as the prefix to each component generated specifically and uniquely to each project, so it can be easily copied later using a Find / Replace function.

In previous releases, these file name changes had to be done manually as the frame members were being generated.  Like in this image:


So, several years ago, I submitted an enhancement request that would allow the user to specify a prefix at the project level, which would be automatically added to the file name as the part was generated.  It took some time, but this is what they came up with, and released in 2019.3


There are several different options for each field, so that you can customize it the way that works best for you.  In my situation, I name the parent assembly with the project number-04 (21000B-04).  That is shown above as Assembly Name, and I have that set as the prefix in the example above.  For the members I added the Stock Number (from Content Center), and on all of them I tacked on a Unique Number at the end to assure that there would not be any identical file names.  This next image shows the pull down with more options.


Using this, I no longer need to modify anything, and can simply enter to accept the file names of frame members as they are being generated, confident that they follow the format I specified.  6 months from now, when I might want to make a new frame based on this one, I can use Vault’s Copy Design with  the Find/Replace to quickly set up file names for the new frame project.  This feature saves time on both the front end and the back end.  Thank you Autodesk!



CAD Department Supervisor at Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing, Inc. CAD Designer & Detailer specializing in Inventor Tube & Pipe, Frame Generator, Content Center, Vault Professional. Autodesk Expert Elite member. Blogger. Autodesk University Speaker 2014-2018. Husband and father. Photographer.

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5 comments on “Inventor 2019.3 File Naming for Frame Generator
  1. John Doe says:

    How do you get to the file naming defaults dialogue box?


    • cgbenner says:

      Application Options\Files Tab. Right at the bottom: File Naming Defaults.


      • John Doe says:

        Previously my frame generator members would default save to the folder above the ‘Frame….’ folder. Do you know how I can change this, instead of having it default into lower level folders?


      • cgbenner says:

        The last section of the file naming is for location, have you tried tweaking that to see if you can get it to go where you want? I’ve always followed the default, which is to put it under the project folder\Frame. Sounds like that is what you are getting right now.


  2. John Doe says:

    Oh geez, right in front of my face. I had been there before because I made it all screwed up messing around when we updated to 2019 haha



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