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Autodesk Inventor Macro for Automated Tank Assembly Creation, Japan

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Autodesk Inventor Macro for Automated Tank Assembly Creation, Japan

Project Overview

Client Profile
Environmental systems manufacturer
Power engineering
Custom design needs and design parameters
.ivb file integrated with assembly file, 3D CAD Models & Mfg. Drawings.
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Business Needs

Speed up engineering lead time through a customized tool to update CAD models and CAD drawings along with their model references and auto assemble sound proof tank.


  • 3-5 days of engineering lead time, affecting final product delivery
  • High possibility of errors hence risk of design flaws 
  • Time consuming repetitive tasks

Our Solutions & Approach

Developed macro using Autodesk Inventor to automate tank assembly.

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The client, a Japan based designer and manufacturer for power industry, was manufacturing a sound proof tank with lengthy design curves for tank assembly. The client approached Hitech automation teams to resolve this issue and bring down the design cycle time.

  • Automation engineers studied the scope of automation and carried out feasibility study for custom design needs.
  • Based on the study and design engineering of the tank, Hitech’s automation specialists suggested to develop an automation through for rule based entries of the panel.
  • A macro with a user interface (GUI) was developed for Autodesk Inventor models and assembly which would select the number of panels on each side of the tank. The user can also define the storage path for the assembly.
  • The user can specify the details for custom dimensions and position of panels by populating it in a standard MS Excel file format.
  • By using the user defined data in Excel spreadsheets, all technical documents, models and drawings are created.
Automated Tank Assembly Creation
Automated Tank Assembly Creation
Top Panels
Top Panels

The project involved 750 hours of dedicated efforts from Hitech engineers and .ivb file were created based on several criteria and logical-rules. It led to error-free models development as well as increased production quality and rate. Furthermore, the deployment of macros resulted in saving time for engineers.

Business Impact

Development of macros by Hitech’s design automation team led to several positive impacts for manufacturing firm which included:

Project Samples

Side Corner Panels
Side Corner Panels
Side Panels
Side Panels
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