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Creating a threaded hole


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Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor

with John Helfen

Video: Creating a threaded hole

To create the final hole, we'll begin the same way we did in the previous holes, by right-clicking and selecting Hole from the Marking menu. Rather than using the Linear Placement option that has defaulted in the dialog box, we're going to return to our Concentric option. It automatically jumps forward and asks us what Plane we want to place the hole on, and I'll select the top of this boss. Now you notice it has picked up the previous diameter so that when I'm asked to select the Concentric reference I can't select the top of this hole or the face of this boss. Typically we would just simply change the diameter to a smaller size so that it fits on that face, but in this case we're using a threaded hole.
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  1. 1m 28s
    1. Welcome
      41s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 8m 3s
    1. Exploring major workflow steps
      2m 19s
    2. Reviewing different file types
      4m 43s
    3. Exploring essential settings
      1m 1s
  3. 21m 39s
    1. Navigating using the ViewCube
      3m 26s
    2. Navigating using the navigation tools
      5m 36s
    3. Using the browser
      3m 17s
    4. Using the ribbon bar
      2m 10s
    5. Using the Quick Access Toolbar
      1m 4s
    6. Customizing the toolbars
      3m 7s
    7. Using the Marking menu
      2m 59s
  4. 48m 42s
    1. Introducing sketching
      3m 18s
    2. Working with origin geometry
      3m 47s
    3. Understanding constraints
      8m 43s
    4. Drawing with the Line tool
      8m 8s
    5. Dimensioning a part
      5m 0s
    6. Creating parameters
      8m 50s
    7. Creating circles and rectangles
      10m 56s
  5. 38m 31s
    1. Introducing part modeling
      2m 34s
    2. Creating a base extrusion
      5m 12s
    3. Creating multiple extrusions
      7m 35s
    4. Creating a cone by revolving
      6m 12s
    5. Creating holes
      6m 12s
    6. Creating a threaded hole
      3m 3s
    7. Using placed features
      2m 33s
    8. Editing part features
      5m 10s
  6. 25m 52s
    1. Introducing assemblies
      54s
    2. Placing components
      6m 29s
    3. Creating and managing constraints
      7m 50s
    4. Assembling parts
      7m 16s
    5. Understanding the Insert constraint
      3m 23s
  7. 25m 12s
    1. Exploring initial drawing creation
      4m 43s
    2. Placing views
      6m 11s
    3. Creating section and detail views
      5m 10s
    4. Setting basic dimensions
      2m 43s
    5. Changing dimension precision
      1m 24s
    6. Creating baseline dimensions
      1m 52s
    7. Creating center lines, center marks, and hole notes
      3m 9s
  8. 1m 20s
    1. Next steps
      1m 20s

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Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor
2h 50m Beginner Nov 14, 2012

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This course introduces you to the interface and key processes of Inventor, the parametric design system from Autodesk. Author John Helfen covers sketching, part modeling, assemblies, and drawings. These tasks work in conjunction, allowing you to create parts and assemblies and document them in a way so that the manufacturing process proceeds faster and more efficiently.

Topics include:
  • Navigating drawings with the View Cube and other navigation tools
  • Sketching geometry
  • Dimensioning parts
  • Creating parameters
  • Drawing circles, squares, and other shapes
  • Creating extrusions
  • Creating and managing constraints in assemblies
  • Setting basic drawing dimensions
Subjects:
Prototyping Product Design CAD 2D Drawing 3D Drawing
Software:
Inventor
Author:
John Helfen

Creating a threaded hole

To create the final hole, we'll begin the same way we did in the previous holes, by right-clicking and selecting Hole from the Marking menu. Rather than using the Linear Placement option that has defaulted in the dialog box, we're going to return to our Concentric option. It automatically jumps forward and asks us what Plane we want to place the hole on, and I'll select the top of this boss. Now you notice it has picked up the previous diameter so that when I'm asked to select the Concentric reference I can't select the top of this hole or the face of this boss. Typically we would just simply change the diameter to a smaller size so that it fits on that face, but in this case we're using a threaded hole.

So what I am going to do is move to the bottom of the dialog box where we can define what type of hole is being created. By default, it starts with a Simple Hole, you also have the option for Clearance Holes, Tapped Holes, or Tapered Tapped Holes. For this design we need to create a Tapped Hole. By selecting this option an entirely new section of the dialog box has been enabled. Below you can see Threads, these are the Threads listed in the engineering handbook so that you don't have to look this up. We know that the size of the hole that we're creating is going to be drilled with a number eight drill type.

By selecting that the Designation for the Threads automatically changes to 8-32 UNC which is appropriate for our design. We also have other options, but because the default is what we need, we'll leave it as it is. Now that we've set this option you'll notice that we have the ability to select that Concentric Reference. But because we had to move to this section, we do have to tell the dialog box we're ready to make that selection. You'll notice that the plane has already been selected, and because that's the case the icon has changed to a white.

Anything red in the dialog box indicates that there is input required still, so by clicking on the Concentric Reference icon I am telling the system I'm ready to make that selection. I can then hover over the cylindrical face or edge to walk that hole into position. Now we are almost ready to continue. The one remaining component that we haven't talked about was the type of termination. As I mentioned when we were starting this hole, this hole does not go all the way through the part. But if we rotate a bit you can see from the preview that in its current state it's expected to run all the way through the part.

The way we can fix this is through the Termination options. We've used Distance already, we know this isn't a Through All hole, and we're going to use the To option. What this allows me to do is select a specific face that I want that hole to terminate on. By selecting that face, you'll notice that this hole does not continue all the way through the part, and we can click OK to apply these settings. If we rotate back to a Home view and zoom in a bit you can actually see this hole has thread representations built-in to indicate that it is a threaded hole.

As we rotate around you can see that the hole extends through to the first face, but it does not continue through the entire part. At this point you've seen a few different ways to create holes and should have a solid foundation of how to create them and why the dialog box adds so much intelligence when creating holes.

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