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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 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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