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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 you have an understanding of the Ribbon bar, I want to talk a little bit about the Quick Access Toolbar. It's a simple toolbar that can be very useful as you begin your design process. It's located directly above the Ribbon bar in the Application Title bar. What used to be blue empty title bar space now has useful tools in it, and it can be very handy as you become more proficient with the product. The one unique thing about the Quick Access Toolbar is it's taking tools that are not specific to a tab, whether it's the Assemble tab, or the 3D Model tab.
Here, we are storing application items like the Application menu, the File > New button, the Open or Save button, and the Undo and Redo. But we go beyond that and even put the materials and appearance options on the Quick Access Toolbar. The other nice thing about the Quick Access Toolbar is as you become more familiar with the features of the product and commands in the product, you can actually customize that, which we'll cover in another movie. But the nice thing is because the tabs don't switch, you can easily place commands there, and get to them as needed without having to switch tabs frequently.
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