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Mirroring part features

From: Inventor 2014 Essential Training

Video: Mirroring part features

We're now ready to look at the Mirror feature. The other thing we're going to look at here is, something Let's start by looking at the feature selection mode.

Mirroring part features

We're now ready to look at the Mirror feature. And what you'll find is it's very similar to the Rectangular and Circular Pattern, with a few minor differences, obviously. The other thing we're going to look at here is, something slightly different than what we saw in the previous items. In the previous movies, we skipped the ability to pattern a solid. It's not something that I think, everybody's going to use in an essentials course. However, when we're looking at the mirror feature, I do think that mirroring a solid can be an efficient way to do design. So, we'll look at that during this movie.

On the screen, you see our sample file. And what our sample file is representing, is a one quarter of what our final model will look like. Because the part I put together here is symmetric. We're going to use the mirror feature, to mirror the other half of the part, and then we're going to mirror the mirror to make the part complete. Let's take a look. You can find the mirror command in the pattern panel, on the 3D model tab here on the bottom. And when we bring up the dialog box, things should look fairly familiar at this point.

We have the ability to pattern individual features. Or the entire solid. And we're automatically placed in the feature selection mode. Let's start by looking at the feature selection mode. It, it's very similar to what we just saw in the circular pattern, where Inventor is looking for us to select the features we want to mirror. If I start by hovering over the model, I can left click on the feature I want to mirror. And you'll see extrusion one is selected in the browser. I can then continue and select additional things, like the work plane, the fillets, or this hall. I'm going to leave those off for now, just so you can see obviously what the result will be.

I'm going to select the mirror plane option. And I'm going to rotate to the opposite side of the model. And I'm going to select this plane, on the back side of the model. And if I select okay, you can see that we've mirrored a single feature. And in some cases, mirroring in a single feature, is going to be what you want to do. So, I did want to show that you can do that. And if you change your mind, you can go back, edit the mirror feature, and add additional features to that mirror. Let's go ahead and do that, so that you can see how we can make that change. I'm going to go back to my home view. I'm going to the double click on the mirror feature in the browser to edit it, and we can always go back to this feature selection mode, and simply add additional features.

By left clicking, on the feature on the right side fo the model, you can see that the fillets are added on the left. When I select this hole by left clicking on it, the preview adds it to the, this side as well. Selecting OK, and you can see that those have been added to the mirror. I'm going to go ahead and delete that mirror feature by right clicking, on it in the browser and selecting Delete. We're now going to look at how we can mirror this entire part, using the solid mirror option. I'm going to go back into the mirror command. And, this time instead of doing individual features, I'm going to select mirror the solid.

And, when I do that, the dialog box updates with new option and different setting that you can use the mirror this. And the reason I want to show it here, is that I do think that in many cases, even in an essentials level course. People will use this option because, often you want to mirror a large number of features at once. And using the solid option, is a great way to select all those features at once and, and make the design a little bit quicker to implement. So, Inventor's already selected the one solid we have in this model, which takes care of the selection option.

It's now looking for the mirror plane. I'm going to go ahead and rotate to the other side of the model, and select that same plane we used in the previous option. And the preview looks different this time. Since it's mirroring the solid, you already see the hole, the fillets, and the main base component that we mirrored before. And then finally, one of the additional options we can do, is includes specific work features or surface features. I'm going to go ahead and select that option. And then select this work plane, and you can see that is mirrored as well. By selecting OK, we've created.

A perfect mirror of that part so far, including some of the work planes that were available. Finally, it's important to know that, you can mirror mirror features. For example, now what you see, is only one half of our part, where when we started you only saw on quarter of the part. If we go back into the mirror command again. Select the solid option one more time, you'll notice that the entire solid is selected again. I'm going to go ahead and include my work features, and then select my mirror plane, but this time I'm going to select the top of this model.

And you can see, if we zoom out a little bit, that the preview shows all of the information that's going to be mirrored. And when we select OK, you can now see we have a complete part with work plains included. And we are ready to make any additional modifications to this model now that everything is mirrored.

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Inventor 2014 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 6m 20s
    1. Exploring major workflow steps
      2m 19s
    2. Reviewing different file types
      4m 1s
  3. 22m 3s
    1. Navigating using the ViewCube
      4m 56s
    2. Navigating using the navigation tools
      5m 31s
    3. Using the browser
      3m 34s
    4. Using the ribbon bar
      2m 47s
    5. Using the Quick Access Toolbar
      42s
    6. Using the Marking menu
      4m 33s
  4. 22m 6s
    1. Basic menu customization
      6m 40s
    2. Custom ribbon bar panels
      6m 22s
    3. Keyboard
      5m 9s
    4. Marking menu customization
      3m 55s
  5. 20m 24s
    1. Project file introduction
      3m 54s
    2. The project file: .ipj
      4m 4s
    3. Setting up the project file for this course
      7m 11s
    4. Frequently used subfolders
      5m 15s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Introducing sketching
      4m 55s
    2. Working with origin geometry
      4m 46s
    3. Understanding constraints
      7m 39s
    4. Application options
      5m 11s
  7. 50m 43s
    1. Drawing lines
      6m 29s
    2. Creating rectangles and arcs
      9m 26s
    3. Creating splines
      6m 35s
    4. Creating slots
      5m 43s
    5. Construction geometry
      6m 18s
    6. Dimensioning
      9m 34s
    7. Parameters
      6m 38s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Move, copy, and rotate sketch geometry
      7m 43s
    2. Trim, extend, and split sketch geometry
      6m 20s
    3. Scale, stretch, and offset geometry
      7m 47s
    4. Creating rectangular, circular, and mirrored sketch patterns
      8m 43s
  9. 19m 27s
    1. Understanding work features
      3m 58s
    2. Creating offset work planes
      4m 17s
    3. Creating work planes
      6m 59s
    4. Creating work axes and points
      4m 13s
  10. 16m 50s
    1. Projecting geometry
      7m 7s
    2. Importing AutoCAD data
      9m 43s
  11. 54m 31s
    1. Part feature introduction
      5m 14s
    2. Creating a base extrusion feature
      8m 46s
    3. Keeping extrusions connected with the To next face/body option
      4m 29s
    4. Creating revolves
      7m 42s
    5. Creating complex shapes with the Loft tool
      8m 50s
    6. Adding control to a loft by creating rails
      8m 40s
    7. Creating a sweep feature
      6m 16s
    8. Creating a sweep feature with model edges
      4m 34s
  12. 24m 44s
    1. Adding holes to a part model
      10m 10s
    2. Modifying edges with fillets and chamfers
      4m 18s
    3. Hollowing parts with the shell feature
      10m 16s
  13. 25m 37s
    1. Creating rectangular feature patterns
      9m 23s
    2. Adding intelligence to a rectangular pattern
      5m 45s
    3. Creating rectangular feature patterns along a path
      2m 22s
    4. Creating circular feature patterns
      3m 11s
    5. Mirroring part features
      4m 56s
  14. 31m 30s
    1. Understanding iParts and iFeatures
      3m 19s
    2. Creating an iPart from an existing part
      11m 0s
    3. Changing between versions inside an iPart
      5m 50s
    4. Extracting iFeatures for use in other parts
      5m 11s
    5. Inserting iFeatures into a part
      6m 10s
  15. 26m 23s
    1. Introduction to assemblies
      1m 59s
    2. Placing components
      7m 40s
    3. Creating components in the context of an assembly
      8m 9s
    4. Placing fasteners from the Content Center
      8m 35s
  16. 46m 14s
    1. The Mate/Flush constraint
      9m 42s
    2. The Angle constraint
      5m 34s
    3. The Insert constraint
      3m 55s
    4. Driving constraints
      10m 0s
    5. The Transitional tab
      3m 50s
    6. The Motion tab
      9m 18s
    7. Contact sets
      3m 55s
  17. 18m 38s
    1. Adding materials to parts in an assembly
      4m 3s
    2. Visual styles
      4m 52s
    3. Enhancing the design experience with shadows
      2m 9s
    4. Adding a ground plane, reflections, and perspective to a design
      3m 34s
    5. Changing the lighting style to match a design
      4m 0s
  18. 39m 11s
    1. Exploring initial drawing creation
      5m 6s
    2. Placing base and projected views
      9m 31s
    3. Creating section views
      8m 0s
    4. Creating detail views
      3m 56s
    5. Creating a breakout view
      5m 41s
    6. Creating auxiliary and cropped views
      6m 57s
  19. 25m 57s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      9m 20s
    2. Changing dimension precision
      4m 21s
    3. Creating baseline, ordinate, and chain dimensions
      5m 51s
    4. Creating baseline, ordinate, and chain dimension sets
      6m 25s
  20. 10m 43s
    1. Creating individual balloons
      4m 34s
    2. Creating a group of balloons with automatic ballooning
      3m 40s
    3. Adding a parts list to the drawing
      2m 29s
  21. 30s
    1. Next steps
      30s

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