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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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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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