Blog Published: 11/03/2020

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Design Automation (iLogic Config 360 & Custom Programming)

iLogic is included within the Autodesk Inventor application and enables rules-based design, providing a simple way to capture and reuse your work. iLogic can be used to standardise and automate design processes and configure your virtual products.

iLogic embeds rules as objects directly into part, assembly, and drawing documents. The rules determine and drive parameter and attribute values for your design. By controlling these values, you can define behaviour of the attributes, features, and components of a model. Knowledge is saved and stored directly in the documents, like how geometric design elements are stored. iLogic rules can utilise custom parameter types now available in Inventor, such as text, true/false, and multi-value lists. You can use these parameter types to write rules that involve more than numeric input values. Designers and engineers can implement iLogic automation functions with little or no programming experience.

Autodesk Configurator 360
Autodesk Configurator 360 is an Autodesk hosted web-based service for product configuration.

Companies use Configurator 360 to create product configuration web applications for use by customers or clients. A simple operation converts a working design in Autodesk Inventor, to a running web-based configuration application.

The Configurator 360 add-in to Inventor provides the capability to upload designs directly from Inventor to the Configurator 360 cloud service.

As an administrator, you can brand your site with your company name and logo. Control the designs that each client sees, what outputs they generate, and customise several aspects of the system.

It is not necessary for your end user to download applications, or sign-in to access Configurator 360’s basic features. Your customers and colleagues can modify parameters, view the resulting files, and download them. Clients and end users can request more information from you providing additional lead generation for your own sales teams.

Autodesk Configurator provides the answer to such requirements associated to mass customisation. It provides the platform for end customers to define their own deliverable whilst remaining within the design boundaries set by the manufacturer.

Custom Programming
Whilst there are many off the shelf solutions to provide automation, we appreciate that customers will also want to develop their own ideas and associated applications. The Excitech team can enhance existing technologies to extend the out of the box functionality or even create bespoke custom applications from scratch.

Excitech provide both training and project support by enabling you to either automate your own designs within Autodesk Inventor utilising the iLogic technology or host your own automation projects for mass customisation. To find out more here, call 01992 807 444 or email

About the author

  • Ben Kernick

Ben Kernick

Head Of Manufacturing Sales & Business Development

Ben originally started his career within Mechanical Design Engineering and throughout this time, progressed into management providing leadership to various design teams. Whilst working within the industry, he developed a comprehensive knowledge within product design, its manufacturing practices and associated techniques. With a passion for the technology that underpinned the overall design lifecycle, his focus moved to thought leadership, becoming a technology specialist and educating the industry through the provision of specialist training and consultancy services. With over 20 years of experience, he continues to develop and expand the Excitech Manufacturing portfolio whilst also providing commercial leadership and support within sales & business development.

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