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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.
Now that we have our initial views placed, we're ready to begin annotating our design. To start the process, we're going to select the Annotate tab in the Ribbon bar. Within the Annotation tab, you have all the tools you are going to need to document your design for manufacturing, things like dimensions and hole notes, center marks, and even symbols for welding operations and surface finishes. Now to be honest, documenting a design for manufacture takes a lot of work, a lot of time, and a lot of practice. The purpose of this movie is to provide a basic foundation of the general tools you can use to get started with the process.
We're going to start with the general Dimension tool. I'm going to zoom in on my Detail view to begin this process. The general Dimension tool can be found on the Annotate tab in the Dimension panel, and it works in a very similar fashion to the dimensioning command in sketches. There are some slight differences that I want to call out, though. We're going to start by dimensioning the overall height of this lip. I'll click on the lip to select it, and as I drag my dimension out to the left, you'll notice that it changes styles at specific increments. This is an organization tool.
It allows you to organize your dimensions so that while manufacturing, there is no confusion. I still left-click to place the dimension just like I did before. But you will notice the dimensions are actually disconnected from the endpoints a bit. This is standard drawing practice as you know why your dimension lines to interfere with the actual part edges. The next dimension we're going to add is to dimension the horizontal line at the bottom of the lip. I'm going to drag down to the bottom here and place my dimension, and you'll notice that we're running into a couple of different problems. First, the Detail label is interfering with our dimension.
I'm going to right-click and select OK to get out of the Dimension command, and I can simply left-click and drag my Detail label out of the way a bit. If the part changes, you can move that detail label at any point. The other problem we have, if we select this dimension is you will notice because we selected the horizontal line like we might when we are sketching, it locked the dimension to the endpoints of that line. The problem is is it's hard to tell the difference between the part edge and the dimension. To fix this, we can simply grab the green dot at the endpoint, left-click and drag, and lock it to the endpoint of our drawing view.
The still creates the exact same dimension, but, as you can see, there's now a break between the part edge and the dimension. We're going to get back into the Dimension command again. This time, I'm going to show you how to create that dimension without having to fix the dimension after the fact. Rather than selecting the horizontal line here at the top, I'm going to select its endpoint, and then I'm going to select the endpoint of the part edge. Now, when I place the dimension, you'll see that I don't have to go back and correct that. Based on where I selected, I've already solved the problem before it actually happened.
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