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Already up and running? This course is the next step in building your Autodesk Inventor skillset. Author John Helfen takes you through the interface and key processes of this parametric design system, including sketching, part modeling, assemblies, and drawings. Each process works in conjunction with the rest, allowing you to create parts and assemblies and document them in a way that they can be manufactured. Learn how to set up your project file; create and modify geometry; create extrusions, sweeps, and lofts; build parts with placed features and patterns of features; and create iParts and iFeatures. John also covers assembly visualization techniques, drawing views, and balloons and parts lists.
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Now that we've seen how to create project files and some frequently used subfolders, let's go ahead and create a project that we can use for the remainder of this course. We're going to return to the Projects dialog box by clicking Projects in the toolbar, under the Launch panel. And you can see here that my active test is inv_test, which is Inventor test. It's the project we just created in the previous movie. Now, between this movie and the previous movie, I deleted my Inventor Essentials project, so that we can create it from scratch.
And you can follow along and create a project that you can use throughout the rest of the course. So again, to get started we're going to click New. We're going to go ahead and select Single User Project. And click Next as well. And, here's where things are going to be a little different than what we saw in the previous movie. Rather than using the default location for the project, I'm going to select the location where I extracted my exercise files. And you should do the same. If you haven't done so at this point, you should download the exercise files and extract them to a location on your hard drive.
And remember where you put them on the hard drive, because you're going to need to browse to them in just a second. And what I'm going to do here is set the project name to Inventor Essentials. And this is just a name. It could be anything. You don't have to call it this. It's the one I'm going to use just because it allows me to quickly identify the project. Here you can see that Inventor's gone ahead and taken the location from our application options. And again, appended the project name to it, but what I'm going to do is actually change this location in this folder.
I'm going to hit the Browse button to the right, and I'm going to browse to my exercise file location, and that's in my Lynda folder here in my file storage directory. So let me browse out to my Inventor Essentials course, to my exercise file. And I'm going to select on the Exercise Files folder. And that's going to become the root of my project. Not only that, it's not located in my default location. So, now rather than C:\File Storage\Autodesk Inventor Projects, it's in Lynda\Inventor Essentials and its location.
So it is perfectly okay to select a different folder name and a different location. If you notice here, I still am selecting the Exercise files folder, even though I've changed the name to Inventor Essentials. I'm going to go ahead and click Next. I'm not going to add a library folder. And I'm going to click Finish. Now you can see I have Inventor Essentials. And the location is defined here in the top half of the window. Let's go ahead and hit Done. And click the Open button just to see that everything worked.
What you should see is what's on the screen, which is, that you're looking in the exercise folder that you browsed to, and here's the list of all the folders that are in this project or that are in the exercise files. Now the one thing that we can do to make this even a little more helpful is to create some frequently used subfolders that match these folder names. And the reason for that is simply so that if I'm looking in a specific project folder and I need to switch, I can use the browser on the left to quickly switch between chapters.
So, I'm going to go ahead and cancel this and return to the Project dialog again by clicking the Projects button. And I'm going to look at Frequently Used Subfolders in the bottom portion of the window. And what I'm going to do is right-click, and this time, rather than add an individual path, because we'd have to do that for every single one of the chapters, I'm going to use Add Paths From Directory. And by doing that, I can then browse back to the location of my exercise files. And select the exercise files folder, so that I can use that directory to define all the shortcuts to my frequently used subfolders.
So here, I'm going to, again, just like we did in the previous step, select the exercise folder. And this time, when we click OK, you'll see that Inventor has gone through and looked at every folder in that exercise folder, and created a frequently used subfolder for it. So, without having to manually add it over and over and over again, Inventor's done it in one quick action. I'm going to go ahead and click Save to save the changes we made to this project. It's going to give me a warning that it's going to update and migrate and just make sure it's current.
And then I'm going to hit Done. Now, when you click Open you should have the ability to see a list of the projects folders and shortcuts to those project folders as well, under the Frequently Used Subfolders section. You now have a project on your system that will allow you to continue through this course easily switching between the chapters as needed.
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