Introduction Autodesk Inventor 2012 TutorialWelcome to Autodesk Inventor and Inventor LT Essentials. This book is intended to be a direct, hands-on guide to learning Inventor by using Inventor. The book includes lessons for absolute beginners, but experienced users can also find exercises to show them how tools they’re not familiar with work. Nearly all of the 200 exercises can be started from an existing file, so you need to do only those exercises that will help you most.
Who Should Read This Book
Autodesk Inventor and Inventor LT Essentials is designed to meet the needs of the following groups of users:
Professionals who use 2D or 3D design systems and want to learn Autodesk Inventor at their own pace
Professionals attending instructor-led Inventor training at an Autodesk Authorized Training Center
Engineering and design students who need to learn Inventor to support their education and career
What You Will Learn in Autodesk Inventor 2012 TutorialInventor Essentials covers the most common uses of the tools in Autodesk Inventor and Inventor LT. Not every option is covered, but as you will learn, you will easily understand the options once you learn to use the primary tool.
The first eight chapters cover the core of Inventor in a way that steps the reader through creating drawings, parts, and assemblies in phases so there is a better opportunity to absorb the concepts.
The second portion of the book consists of seven chapters that focus on tools and workflows specific to types of design and on reusing data and automating the design process. I recommend readers complete the work in these chapters to learn alternative workflows that may not be an obvious fit for their design needs but may help them
What You Need in Autodesk Inventor 2012 Tutorials
To perform the exercises in this book, you must have Autodesk Inventor 2012 or Inventor LT 2012. Note that some features are not available in Inventor LT. Inventor LT is focused on translation, part modeling, and drawings and is a robust tool that can be made more effective by understanding its capabilities.
To make sure that your computer is compatible with Autodesk Inventor 2012, check the latest hardware requirements at www.autodesk.com/inventor.
What Is Covered in Autodesk Inventor 2012 Tutorial
Autodesk Inventor and Inventor LT Essentials pdf is organized to provide you with the knowledge needed to master the basics of Inventor.
Chapter 1: Connecting to Inventor’s Interface This chapter presents the interface, the basics of working with Inventor, and how to become productive with Inventor.
Chapter 2: Creating 2D Drawings from 3D Data Creating 2D documentation of your designs is critical. This chapter presents the basic tools for placing views and dimensions in your drawings.
Chapter 3: Learning the Essentials of Part Modeling Building parametric solid models is essential to the effective use of Inventor. This chapter will introduce the tools you need to build basic parts in Inventor.
Chapter 4: Putting Things in Place with Assemblies Most products are made of many parts. Assembly tools help you control the position of the components relative to one another.
Chapter 5: Customizing Styles and Templates Using standards in manufacturing improves quality and efficiency. The same is true for Inventor. This chapter helps you understand the options that are available for building your own design standard.
Chapter 6: Creating Advanced Drawings and Detailing This chapter focuses on creating and editing more complex drawing views and adding finishing touches to your drawings.
Chapter 7: Advanced Part Modeling Features Advanced geometry requires more advanced modeling tools. Learn the use of advanced fillets, lofts, and other tools that create the complex shapes you need.
Chapter 8: Advanced Assembly and Engineering Tools An assembly is more than a group of parts. Inventor features many engineering-based tools that work in the assembly. This chapter also describes tools to help you control complex assemblies.
Chapter 9: Creating Plastic Parts Plastics have a number of common features that make them easier to assemble. These features are developed using specialized tools in Inventor.
Chapter 10: Working with Sheet Metal Parts The process of manufacturing sheet metal parts heavily influences how they are designed in Inventor. Creating material styles makes it easy for you to change the components by changing the style.
Chapter 11: Building with the Frame Generator Using traditional solid modeling tools to build metal frames is arduous and time-consuming. The Frame Generator tools shortcut the process and make even complex frames easy to design.
Chapter 12: The Weldment Environment A weldment is a combination of an assembly and a part model. Inventor puts the needs of manufacturing first when defining a weldment, saving you time
Chapter 13: Creating Images and Animation from Your Design Data Sharing images and animations made from your designs can help others understand how your designs are created and understand their value. This chapter guides you through tools for sharing your work with others.
Chapter 14: Working with Non-Inventor Data Inventor has the ability to import and export data to and from nearly any other design system. This chapter helps you understand what options you have in working with that data.
Chapter 15: Automating the Design Process and Table-Driven Design If you have repeatable design processes and products that share a lot of component families, this chapter can help you see opportunities to greatly increase your efficiency.
Appendix: Inventor Certification Show the world that you know Autodesk Inventor by becoming an Autodesk Certified User, Associate, or Expert. This appendix will help you find the resources in the book to get certified.
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