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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.
At this point you should have a solid understanding of the major components needed to get started building your own models. From here I would recommend exploring a few different web resources. The first would be my YouTube channel which can be found at www.youtube.com/johnhelfen. On this channel I have videos that further explore things like part modeling, and there are also videos that discuss more advanced topics like finite element analysis and dynamic simulation in Inventor. There are also videos of other products that are commonly used in conjunction with Inventor like Inventor Publisher and Autodesk Showcase.
Another web resource worth exploring is Autodesk WikiHelp, which can be found at wikihelp.autodesk.com. The WikiHelp is an open community where people using Inventor everyday are compiling their collective knowledge on the product. And finally, I would recommend you check out autodesk.com Digital STEAM. This is a free educational site that contains everything from basic information on design principles like color, scale, proportion, and balance, to projects that range from 90 minutes to several days.
As we wrap up, I want to remind everyone that Autodesk Inventor is an exciting product to learn because it allows you to explore your ideas without bounds. Not everyone has the ability to manufacture parts, but with Autodesk Inventor everyone can explore and share their ideas in a digital world.
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