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5 ways to get more out of MachineBuilder

5 key features of MachineBuilder have been updated to provide even more assistance and support as you design your machines.

Bre Hargreaves VP Product / May 7th, 2019

We really care about the process of designing and building industrial machines. We believe it should be as simple, easy, fast and fun as possible. That's why we recently updated 5 key features of MachineBuilder specifically intended to provide better assitance throughout the entire design process. Learn these and you will find MachineBuilder even easier to use.

1. Shortcuts

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Having already gained strong traction within the Vention community, the keyboard shortcut tab is the perfect place to learn how to complete key actions such as Grouping Parts, 3D Rotation, Zoom In and Out, etc. To access the keyboard shorcut tab, click on the question mark icon on the right side of the MachineBuilder as it is shown in the image above.

We've noticed that heavy shortcut users design three to four times faster than other users. The most used shortcuts are the "i" key which allows you to simply re-insert the last part you used and the left and right arrows which allows you to rapidly switch between part connection options. They are especially useful when building the frame and structure of your machine. Other useful shortcuts and favorites of our application engineers are the "r" and "f" keys often used in combination to recenter and reframe your design. Explore the shortcut tab and test different shortcuts, you will rapidly become a MachineBuilder expert.

2. Tutorials

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We also offer step-by-step tutorials that walk you through the different features available in the MachineBuilder. These are especially helpful when you are new to Vention and the MachineBuilder. We currently offer the MachineBuilder Tutorial and the Light-Duty Extrusion Tutorial. To try out our tutorials, click on the question mark icon on the right side of the MachineBuilder and then simply select the Tutorials tab.

3. Connection Checker

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When designing, it is important to make sure your parts are all properly connected. The 3D MachineBuilder is especially user friendly by facilitating easy connections, but just in case we also offer the Connection Checker feature which will verify the structure of your design to make sure that all parts are connected. To access this feature, simply click on the Connection Checker icon on the bottom of the screen as shown in the image above.

Our application engineers have made it a simple habit of using this feature when reviewing a design to rapidly detect any structural issues. It can be useful as you progress in your design to leverage it yourself and correct the "missed" connection before moving forward.

4. Design Review

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We offer complementary Design Reviews. This allows you to get in contact with our experienced Application Engineers in order for them to view and collaborate on your design. To submit a Design Review request, click on Vention logo icon on the right side of the screen in the MachineBuilder as it is shown in the image above.

Our application engineers have designed hundreds of machines for a broad variety of applications. They have also extensive experience in assembling Vention machines. By any standards, they are experts that anyone building on Vention should leverage. Our application engineers will help determine if your machine is structurally sound, but may also propose different design options that may make your machine simpler to operate, faster to assemble or even cheaper to purchase. This feature is available to you for free so don't hesitate to use it.

5. Live chat

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Finally, our live chat is always available to you on the lower right portion of the screen. Simply click and type your question or request and someone will quickly answer you. Our application engineers will be happy to help you with any questions you have and connect you with the right resource at Vention.

We believe these 5 tips should be useful to both experienced MachineBuilder designers and those who are new on the Vention platform. Next thing to do is to jump in MachineBuilder and start designing!

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