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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.
Now that we know how to create parts and assemblies, it's time to talk about how to document your designs. In order to get a part or an assembly manufactured, you're almost always going to be required to create a drawing for manufacturing. To create a drawing, we're going to start by hitting the New button found in the Getting Started tab under the Launch panel. Because IDWs are the default drawing format in Inventor, we'll select the standard.idw file type, and Inventor will configure our initial drawing for us. Here on the screen you can see our initial drawing sheet.
This represents the piece of paper that your views are going to be printed on. On that sheet you can see a border has been added, and also a title block, and just like parts and assemblies, the browser represents what you are seeing on the screen. On the left you can see that Sheet 1 has been created for us, we have a default border that has been added, and a default title block. Above that in the browser you have a folder called Drawing Resources. This is where Inventor stores all of the things that you can add to the sheet and also some preconfigured sheet formats that could help speed the drawing creation process.
Sheet formats are preconfigured layouts for drawings. For example, if you're going to create parts that are very similar all the time and that require the same types of views, you can lay out all your drawing views, select the sheet size, lay out the title block and border information, and save that configuration to the sheet format. That way the next time you go to create a drawing you can use a sheet format to automatically pre-configure all that information. Next we have Borders. As I mentioned, when you create a new drawing, Inventor is going to configure a border for you based on the sheet size.
If you don't like the default border that is being used, you can create your own, or in this case I'm going to just delete the one we have, and it's removed from the Graphics window. If I simply want to replace the drawing border and have Inventor preconfigured for me, I can double-click the default border in the browser. It preconfigures everything and replaces that drawing. I'm going to go ahead and remove that border one more time and show you another way to insert a border. Rather than just double-clicking, you can right- click on the default border and insert a drawing border.
This allows you to configure the zones that are laid out in your border to meet your design needs. I'm going to go ahead and leave the default settings, and hit OK, but I want to point out where the zones are. For example, if I'm working on a complex drawing, and I wanted to have somebody review a specific piece of information on the drawing sheet, I can help them locate the piece of information I'm looking for by telling them to look in zone D4, for example. You can see here D represents the rows, and 4 represents the columns. If I tell somebody to look in zone D4, they're going to look in this area of the drawing for the information we're discussing.
If the default borders don't work for you, you can right-click on the folder and select to define a new border. In most cases you're not going to do that, and if you do, I would highly recommend speaking with your CAD Manager because often companies have predefined borders, predefined title blocks, and predefined sheet layouts that are used on a regular basis in the company. Next, we have Title Blocks. By default, Inventor creates a couple of different title blocks for you based on the standard you select during install. In this case, we selected ANSI and two default title blocks were created for us.
I'm going to circle back to title blocks in just one minute. Before I do that, I'm going to talk about how to edit the sheet. One of the things you might need to change with the sheet is the sheet size, and this is where the title blocks and sheets are connected. If I hover over the sheet in a browser and right-click, I have the option to edit this sheet. I can change the name of the sheet, perhaps I want to name it to reflect the information that's on the sheet, or I could change the sheet size. Say, for example, I wanted to print this on an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper, which is represented by the A sheet size.
I could select A from the list and hit OK and my sheet size changes and my title block is updated to indicate the new sheet size. The one thing that didn't change was the physical size of the title block in the drawing sheet space itself. We have the ANSI-Large title block listed, and it's physically a little bit larger for larger sheets. I'm going to go ahead and remove that from the drawing, and I can return to the Title Blocks folder and double-click my ANSI A to insert the smaller title block, and you can see that it now takes up less space on the sheet.
Again, just like Borders, Title Blocks can be configured as well, but I highly recommend talking to your CAD Manager to make sure that you are following common standards for your company.
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