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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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