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  1. 648 votes
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      39 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Easy way to change the plane of a sketch in part mode

      Easy moving of a sketch (and associated feature if applicable) to another plane (in part mode). The need to erase and redraw wrong positionned sketches could be avoided allowing some timesaving along the design process.

      627 votes
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        30 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • More types of Assembly Constraints

        Distance limits; Angle limits; Gears; Cams etc.

        453 votes
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          45 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          There are a lot of different enhancements discussed on this ticket. Many of them (rotational mechanisms for gears, cams, 2d contact detection – to name a few) will be included in the Motion 2.0 update.

        • 419 votes
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            under review  ·  19 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Cut Feature at Top Level Assembly

            Apply extruded cut in assembly that could cut through any or all parts by selection.

            363 votes
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              20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Automatic Weld Generator

              Incude an automatic weld feature to generate welds. Solidworks has this feature. A lot of equipment is produced from weldments. This would especially be beneficial for accurate FEA stress analysis. Now, I have to physically draw every weld now and assemble it into the model while leaving one to 3 thousandths space between welded parts to accurately model a structure.

              307 votes
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              • Global Equation / Dimension / Parameter Editor

                Global parameters support built inside Alibre.

                To give possibility to change many parts and assemblies parameters from one editor. Update button to execute changes and refresh the model.

                I know there is many ways to achieve this, but spreadsheet connections get messed up with updates.

                In my opinion Alibre needs it's own simple editor for global dimensioning / parameters.

                262 votes
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                  26 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Project to Sketch enhancements

                  Project to Sketch enhancements:
                  Project silhouettes. Project Sketches to Sketch. Project 3D Sections with option to maintain associativity. Parametrically Project/Offset Figure to Sketch.

                  248 votes
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                    18 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 246 votes
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                      under review  ·  16 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Automatic gear generator

                      It would be extremely useful to have a utility whereby simple solid models of spur gears, helical gears or bevel gears can be generated given basic geometric parameters.

                      229 votes
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                      • Part organisation utility in Design Explorer

                        Move Parts to/from top level Assembly to Sub-Assembly. Break up Sub-Assembly. Group top level Parts into Sub-Assembly. etc.

                        219 votes
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                        • Collision detection in Alibre Motion

                          Alibre motion needs to have a collision detectection feature where a part in motion is arrested wehn it contacts another part. This feature should also be able to take into account a part in motion being acted upon by a return spring and being acted upon or acting upon a camming feature.

                          179 votes
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                            8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • autosnaps

                            would like to see center, midpont etc.. snaps in sketch mode (including hole creating.)

                            172 votes
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                              11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Render Standard Threads

                              Create a feature where threads are actually rendered as threads. We have many simple parts with standard ANSI/UNC/UNS screw threads. We need to see the part with the thread actually drawn around the circular diameter for both cosmetic reasons and functional checks. It gets cumbersome to have to create a "V" shaped sketch and then have to revolve-cut the sketch in order to display the real look of the part. Can't we just click a round surface, enter the thread specifications and then click OK? Our computers are fast machines with high end ATI and NVidia video cards; we have…

                              162 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Bi-Directional "To Geometry"&"To Next" option

                                The ability to Extrude, Sweep, Fillet, or Chamfer from one geometry (Solid or Reference Plane etc.) to another - the position of the defining Sketch (in the case of Extrude & Sweep) being at any point .

                                161 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Text on curved surface

                                  The ability to apply text to a curved surface, such as a tube. Many times the only place to engrave a part number is on a curved surface.

                                  159 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • DXF to Sketch & Sketch to DXF

                                    Import 2D DXF file into a sketch rather than into a drawing then copy/paste into a sketch. Also after drawing a sketch, the ability to export that sketch to DXF rather than creating a drawing and exporting the drawing. Yes, it is possible now get this functionality, No it is not easy and efficient. These features would allow me to be done with AutoCAD all together...

                                    148 votes
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                                    • isometric dimensions

                                      add capability to pull accurate dimensions off isometric views, add alignment options for resulting dimensions, i.e. with axis, plane, face, etc.

                                      127 votes
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                                      • 64 bit version of Alibre Part Library & Motion

                                        Want to know when the 64 bit version of Part Library & Motion will be available. An earlier estimated time of completion was early 2011, this didn't happen evidently. Thanks

                                        125 votes
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                                          12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Usability enhancements before feature enhancements

                                          The usabilty of Alibre in some dialogs is ugly uncomfortable, i.e. context menue or equation editor.
                                          a.) equation editor
                                          - a double click into a line should open the editor to alter a value of the parameter
                                          - a change of the parameter's name should automatically alter all the references of this parameter- after changing a parameters value, the focus should be on the OK-Button in order to close the dialog with another <Return>

                                          b.) context menue
                                          the Hotkeys in the context-menue should be made unique, until now (V11.2) they are not.
                                          look at http://www.alibre.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8886&p=50154#p50154

                                          112 votes
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