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Using the ribbon bar

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Video: Using the ribbon bar

Now that we have an understanding of the navigation tools and browser, we can look at the Ribbon bar. For those who have used the Microsoft Office applications, the Ribbon bar should become immediately familiar to you. You may also recognize it if you've used AutoCAD or Revit because like the navigation tools, they're part of a common interface. This may help you become more familiar as you switch between applications as well. Like the browser, the Ribbon bar is very context-sensitive. Right now, we're looking at an assembly, therefore we see the Assemble tab. But if we were to switch and view a part file by double-clicking on an item in the graphics window, you'll notice that the Assemble tab becomes invisible or is removed from the Ribbon bar, and it's replaced with tools that are more likely to be used in part modeling.

Using the ribbon bar

Now that we have an understanding of the navigation tools and browser, we can look at the Ribbon bar. For those who have used the Microsoft Office applications, the Ribbon bar should become immediately familiar to you. You may also recognize it if you've used AutoCAD or Revit because like the navigation tools, they're part of a common interface. This may help you become more familiar as you switch between applications as well. Like the browser, the Ribbon bar is very context-sensitive. Right now, we're looking at an assembly, therefore we see the Assemble tab. But if we were to switch and view a part file by double-clicking on an item in the graphics window, you'll notice that the Assemble tab becomes invisible or is removed from the Ribbon bar, and it's replaced with tools that are more likely to be used in part modeling.

In this case, we've been moved to the 3D Model tab, and we have things like Extrude and Revolve and features that we'll cover later in the course. Like the Microsoft Office applications, there are certain times when the Ribbon bar will present new tabs based on the actions you're taking in the application itself. For example, in the part modeling environment, if we were to create a new sketch, you'll notice that a new tab is presented. It's highlighted in green to indicate it that it is a temporary tab and will only be visible when you're doing a specific action related to sketching.

It will automatically be turned off by the system when we are finished. If I were to hit Finish Sketch, you'll notice that the tab is removed and replaced back into the part modeling environment. I am going to use the Undo button on the Quick Access Toolbar to remove that sketch from the model. We don't really need it in this case, and I am going to go ahead and return to the Assembly. Within an each of these tabs that you see on the screen, tools are gathered in an organized fashion within panels on each of the tabs. In the Assemble tab, you have the Component panel, Position panel, iParts and Assemblies, things like that.

Under the Inspection tab, we have Interference and Measure, things you might use to inspect. So just like the Office applications, the tools are both gathered by tab and are gathered with similar tools within that panel.

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Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor

40 video lessons · 7787 viewers

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  1. 1m 28s
    1. Welcome
      41s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 8m 3s
    1. Exploring major workflow steps
      2m 19s
    2. Reviewing different file types
      4m 43s
    3. Exploring essential settings
      1m 1s
  3. 21m 39s
    1. Navigating using the ViewCube
      3m 26s
    2. Navigating using the navigation tools
      5m 36s
    3. Using the browser
      3m 17s
    4. Using the ribbon bar
      2m 10s
    5. Using the Quick Access Toolbar
      1m 4s
    6. Customizing the toolbars
      3m 7s
    7. Using the Marking menu
      2m 59s
  4. 48m 42s
    1. Introducing sketching
      3m 18s
    2. Working with origin geometry
      3m 47s
    3. Understanding constraints
      8m 43s
    4. Drawing with the Line tool
      8m 8s
    5. Dimensioning a part
      5m 0s
    6. Creating parameters
      8m 50s
    7. Creating circles and rectangles
      10m 56s
  5. 38m 31s
    1. Introducing part modeling
      2m 34s
    2. Creating a base extrusion
      5m 12s
    3. Creating multiple extrusions
      7m 35s
    4. Creating a cone by revolving
      6m 12s
    5. Creating holes
      6m 12s
    6. Creating a threaded hole
      3m 3s
    7. Using placed features
      2m 33s
    8. Editing part features
      5m 10s
  6. 25m 52s
    1. Introducing assemblies
      54s
    2. Placing components
      6m 29s
    3. Creating and managing constraints
      7m 50s
    4. Assembling parts
      7m 16s
    5. Understanding the Insert constraint
      3m 23s
  7. 25m 12s
    1. Exploring initial drawing creation
      4m 43s
    2. Placing views
      6m 11s
    3. Creating section and detail views
      5m 10s
    4. Setting basic dimensions
      2m 43s
    5. Changing dimension precision
      1m 24s
    6. Creating baseline dimensions
      1m 52s
    7. Creating center lines, center marks, and hole notes
      3m 9s
  8. 1m 20s
    1. Next steps
      1m 20s

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