What is the best way to draw glass panels in a door using inventor. and when drawn does it show up in the drawing file?
Just change the transparency of the material, I use Alibre Design Software and if I am designing something which has glass in it I use a light blue colour and adjust the material transparency so that you can see through the material. Im sure there is a similar function in Inventor.
Try this one
Click on the view boundary.
Hit s on the keyboard.
Project Geometry the part boundary to hatch, then right mouse button Done.
Add additional sketch lines to define boundary if needed.
You can now add the hatch while in sketch mode from the Hatch tool.
Click return to exit sketch.
As Alan said just change the material and yes it will show up in the drawing file as it is just an IPT only with the material changed.
It depends on how you started working on Your project. Autodesk Inventor has more than one way, how to do it... So, if project You started in 'ipt' file (example - door), then You must create another 'ipt' file (example - glass). Assign a material.
These two files have to combine in 'iam' file. Use "Place" key to combine files. There you will have two different files. ;)
The other way, then You started in 'iam' file. Just use "Create" key for different parts. Also assign the materials.
In other cases, you can use "Component Priority" ---> RMC ---> Properties and select material from list. :)
Finally, if you are using other software for rendering, can not bother with the materials.:)
these are all great answers, but i was thinking more about after creating the .iam (assembly) file and then moving to create the .ide (drawing) file. how do i get the glass to show up in an elevation view with a glass hatch pattern.
Maybe just try to use colors in IDW file: on view ---> rmc--->edit view--->shaded.
Maybe I will not understand the problem :)