Inventor - Essentials

Category: Computer Aided Design (CAD), Inventor

Part 1:   Part & Assembly Design – (2 Days)

Parametric Part Design Basics

  • Guidelines for capturing design intent
  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of a parametric part model
  • Use sketch tools to create 2D sketch geometry
  • Use geometric constraints to control sketch geometry
  • Apply parametric dimensions to you sketch geometry

Basic Shape Design

  • Create features using the Extrude and Revolve tools
  • Use reference and construction geometry
  • Use the browser and shortcut menus to edit parametric parts
  • Create, locate, and utilise work features to perform modelling tasks
  • Create swept shapes by sweeping a profile along a 2D or 3D path
  • Blend shapes between dissimilar profiles using the Loft tool

Detailed Shape Design

  • Create both chambers and fillets on a part
  • Use the Hole and Thread tools to place hole and thread features on your part model
  • Create rectangular and circular patterns and mirror existing features
  • Create thin-walled parts using the Shell tool
  • Strengthen your designs by using the Rib tool to create ribs and webs

Using Project Files in Your Assembly Design

Designing Assemblies

  • Describe assembly modelling and the procedures you use to create an assembly model
  • Describe the basic approaches to assembly modelling
  • Identify the key interface elements of the assembly design environment
  • State the recommended assembly design workflow 

Placing, Creating & Constraining Components

  • Place parts in an assembly
  • Accurately position assembly components and define their relationship to other components
  • Save time by using industry standard components in Inventor’s Content Centre
  • Speed up design by duplicating components in predictable patterns
  • Create new geometry and validate design intent in the context of your assembly

Making Complex Assemblies Simpler

  • Identify specific components in a complex assembly using location and selection tools
  • Set component priority for easy selection
  • Turn off visibility of all but selected components
  • Streamline assembly information using browser filters
  • Create section views of your assembly

Analysis and Motion

  • Use Inventor to understand how differences in material and analysis tolerances affect your model
  • Check your assembly for interference between assembled components
  • Simulate motion of components in an assembly
  • Record drive constraints & save to animation file 

Part 2: Creating Production Ready Drawings - (1 Day)

Creating and Editing Drawing Sheets

  • Create drawing views and annotations to communicate design requirements for manufacturing
  • Create base and projected views of your part
  • Create section views for internal details
  • Understanding viewing scale
  • Create detail and broken views
  • Move, align, and edit views to improve the quality of production-ready drawings

Dimensions, Annotations, Tables

  • Place dimensions both automatically and manually
  • Create associative hole and thread notes
  • Use hole tables for efficient annotation
  • Add centrelines, centre marks, symbols and leaders
  • Use revision tables, revision tags and custom tables in your drawings

Drawing Standards and Resources

  • Control the appearance of your drawings and define your company standards using styles
  • Work with the styles and standards editor
  • Create drawing sheets
  • Create custom borders and title blocks Use layers to logically organise 2D drawing information

Part 3: Creating Assembly Drawings - (1 Day)

Preparing Assemblies for Drawings

  • Configure assembly views to control the amount of information you want to display
  • Visualise your assembly design in different orientations

Creating Assembly Drawing Views

  • Edit component and edge visibility
  • Make your drawings more organised and easier to view by cutting a view window into the part or assembly
  • Represent different positions of an assembly in a single view to represent the full range of motion or capabilities for an assembly
  • Explain and visualise components in the assembly by creating an exploded view
  • Document the assembly or disassembly process by creating animations of exploded views

Annotating Assembly Drawings

  • Automatically generate bill of materials from the component properties in your assembly
  • Generate parts lists from bill of materials database
  • Edit the parts list to meet your specifications
  • Add balloons to your assembly drawing using properties specified in your parts list Automatically balloon all components contained in a view

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