The browser in Inventor is ok, but is there a way to show more detail?
There sure the heck is! Thank Jim for this obscure trick. He must sit around in his free time and look this stuff up! Just go to the Tools tab, click on application options go to the part tab, and check the display extended options box as seen below. The details that are revealed can be seen in the screen capture below too. This will give your students an idea of what you did to get the part!
One way to do it, and this works especially well on older computers or ones with low end graphics, is to turn off Add-ins. Most of these are not necessary when you do most things in Inventor, so you can have Inventor start with them turned off by default. To do this just go to the Tools tab, Click on Add-Ins, and turn them all off EXCEPT for the ones in the red rectangles in the picture below. In order to turn them off, click on the ones you do not want, and uncheck the load automatically check box under load behavior. DONE! Inventor should load faster now.
So you’re having a hard time making all those train parts? Watch the tutorials below to see how Jim does them. I find some of the methods he uses makes it easier to understand, especially with the cow catcher. He also uses different techniques, so you may actually end up learning something. Thanks Jim!