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Inventor 2014 Essential Training
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Reviewing different file types


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Inventor 2014 Essential Training

with John Helfen

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Just like Microsoft Office has different file formats This dialog box is separated into a few In the center, we have the different types of files.
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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 NEW
      1m 59s
    2. Placing components NEW
      7m 40s
    3. Creating components in the context of an assembly NEW
      8m 9s
    4. Placing fasteners from the Content Center NEW
      8m 35s
  16. 46m 14s
    1. The Mate/Flush constraint NEW
      9m 42s
    2. The Angle constraint NEW
      5m 34s
    3. The Insert constraint NEW
      3m 55s
    4. Driving constraints NEW
      10m 0s
    5. The Transitional tab NEW
      3m 50s
    6. The Motion tab NEW
      9m 18s
    7. Contact sets NEW
      3m 55s
  17. 18m 38s
    1. Adding materials to parts in an assembly NEW
      4m 3s
    2. Visual styles NEW
      4m 52s
    3. Enhancing the design experience with shadows NEW
      2m 9s
    4. Adding a ground plane, reflections, and perspective to a design NEW
      3m 34s
    5. Changing the lighting style to match a design NEW
      4m 0s
  18. 39m 11s
    1. Exploring initial drawing creation NEW
      5m 6s
    2. Placing base and projected views NEW
      9m 31s
    3. Creating section views NEW
      8m 0s
    4. Creating detail views NEW
      3m 56s
    5. Creating a breakout view NEW
      5m 41s
    6. Creating auxiliary and cropped views NEW
      6m 57s
  19. 25m 57s
    1. Creating general dimensions NEW
      9m 20s
    2. Changing dimension precision NEW
      4m 21s
    3. Creating baseline, ordinate, and chain dimensions NEW
      5m 51s
    4. Creating baseline, ordinate, and chain dimension sets NEW
      6m 25s
  20. 10m 43s
    1. Creating individual balloons NEW
      4m 34s
    2. Creating a group of balloons with automatic ballooning NEW
      3m 40s
    3. Adding a parts list to the drawing NEW
      2m 29s
  21. 30s
    1. Next steps
      30s

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Inventor 2014 Essential Training
8h 36m Beginner Apr 17, 2014 Updated May 19, 2014

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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.

The course was created and produced by John Helfen. We're honored to host this training in our library.

Topics include:
  • Customizing Inventor's menus
  • Drawing rectangles, arcs, splines, and slots
  • Moving, copying, and rotating geometry
  • Trimming, splitting, scaling, and stretching geometry
  • Creating work planes
  • Projecting and importing geometry
  • Creating extrusions, revolves, sweeps, and lofts
  • Adding holes to a part model
  • Creating rectangular feature patterns
  • Creating iParts and iFeatures
  • Using constraints to position parts
  • Creating drawing views
  • Setting dimensions
Subjects:
Prototyping Product Design CAD 3D Drawing
Software:
Inventor
Author:
John Helfen

Reviewing different file types

Just like Microsoft Office has different file formats for Word docs, Excel files and Powerpoint, Autodesk Inventor provides several different file formats, depending on the type of thing you're creating within the product. To see the different types of files that can be created within Autodesk Inventor, you can go to the Getting Started tab. To the Launch panel and select New. This will bring up our Create New File dialog box. This dialog box is separated into a few different sections that'll help you when selecting a file.

On the left, is the template section. Depending on the settings that were selected during installation, the units you're using and the standard you're following, will be reflected within this folder. The templates folder actually holds the default options that you selected during the installation. If at any point you need to do something outside of those options, you can use the folders in the template section to select different file templates. For example, if we select the metric folder, you can see that we have a standard.iam in millimeters, we have a standard.iam with the DIN standard and so on.

Depending on your needs, you can go back and change these templates. But in most cases, the templates listed in the templates folder, or the ones that were default based on your settings during installation, will be sufficient for most design. In the center, we have the different types of files. We have part files, which represent a single thing or a single object. For example, it could be a pen cap. It could be a tire rim for a car. But the key here is part files, indicated by the .ipt extension, are single items, that represent one part.

The other type of file within the part section is a sheet metal file. It also represents a single item. But, if you select on it, you can see the type of file that, is created. There are going to be special tool within this environment that allow you to create unique items specific to sheet metal creation. Things like bends, folds, and flat patterns. Next we have assembly files. The standard.iam file is an assembly file with an inventor.

And it is essentially a wrapper or a container, that can hold other part files, or a group of part files, or even other assemblies. It allows you to take the parts that you've created in ipt format, place them into assemblies, and create connections between those parts to show how they function in the real world. Just like in the parts section, assembly's also have an alternate file type. This is the weldment.iam. It works just like an assembly file. But just like the sheet metal environment, it will include or provide, additional tools and functionality that allow you to not only show how the parts are connected within the assembly, but also how they're welded and connected together, physical.

Next we have drawing files. Drawing files come in two different file formats. .idw is the standard Inventor drawing file. And standard.dwg, is the standard AutoCAD file format. Depending on your need within your environment, you may choose to set either of these as your default. Because Autodesk creates AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor, creating a DWG from within Inventor, is as if you've created the file natively in AutoCAD. Finally, we have presentation files.

Presentation files, are exploded views of an assembly. It allows you to take in an assembly, and show how those parts are connected, so that they can be documented properly within a drawing. Within this course, we'll be focusing on the standard.ipt, the standard.iam, and standard.idw

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