few months back I published the “Creating a Star Wars Intro Scroll in Autodesk Inventor” blog post.
This is the updated version, I’m calling it IntroScroller2.0 :
In the original post I did not share the files, which a few people have since asked me for, so I thought I would post them, but I also thought I should include some updates too.
IntroScroller2.0 now has a few iLogic tricks up it’s sleeve, but don’t worry if you are unable to code, all the hard work is done for you.
When the Assembly file is opened the form (shown on the left) is automatically fired up.
Clicking the “Pick Intro” button will shown the Input List Box (on the right), which will allow you to swap out the into text, by selecting from your favourite intro the list. The “Custom” option reads in anything that is stored in the “Custom.txt” file, meaning that you can scroll practically any text.
Changing the intro takes around 10 seconds to do, as the code is reading in the intro text from a TXT File, writing it to a parameter (in the part file), swapping out the extruded text in the part file and updating.
I have then set up a few handy buttons.
Pick Intro – Sets the Inventor model to the selected option.
Start Position – This sets the model to the correct position for the text to scroll (as in the movies)
Animate – This automatically drives a constraint, giving the illusion of animation
Full screen – This sets Inventor to Clean screen mode and will toggle it back to normal
Home View – This is an Orthographic “Home” type view, which is handy for checking the imported text.
Below is an animated GIF showing how the new IntroScroller2.0 works with Inventor 2020.
To make this work on your PC, simply download the zip file and store the .IAM, .IPT and all of the .TXT files in the same location.
May the Force be with you!