Enable SimMechanics Link Inventor Plug-In

About the Plug-In

The SimMechanics™ Link plug-in provides the primary interface for exporting CAD assemblies into SimMechanics models. The plug-in is compatible with three CAD applications: Autodesk Inventor®, Creo™ Parametric, and SolidWorks®. If you use a different CAD application, you can still export CAD assemblies using the SimMechanics Import XML schema.

Enable the Plug-In

Once you have downloaded and installed the SimMechanics Link plug-in, you must enable it on your Autodesk Inventor application. To do this, at the MATLAB® command prompt, enter smlink_linkinv. A SimMechanics Link menu appears in the Inventor menu when you start or open a CAD assembly.

If your computer has more than one Inventor application, the smlink_linkinv command adds the SimMechanics Link plug-in to all installations simultaneously. However, you must select the SimMechanics Link check box in the Add-Ins dialog box individually for each installation you want to export CAD from.

Updating the Plug-In

If you are updating your SimMechanics Link version, you must disable the current version first. You do this by entering smlink_unlinkinv at the MATLAB command prompt. Then, after downloading and installing the new plug-in version, follow the procedure for enabling the plug-in on your Inventor application.

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