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Inventor 2014 Essential Training
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The project file: .ipj


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Inventor 2014 Essential Training

with John Helfen

Video: The project file: .ipj

Now that you have a basic understanding of what a project file is and what it does, I Now if your dialog box opens and you're not on the Now on the File tab, this is essentially Here you can see, is the location that we saw for most of the projects in my window, If you want to change this location you can use the
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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 6m 20s
    1. Exploring major workflow steps
      2m 19s
    2. Reviewing different file types
      4m 1s
  3. 22m 3s
    1. Navigating using the ViewCube
      4m 56s
    2. Navigating using the navigation tools
      5m 31s
    3. Using the browser
      3m 34s
    4. Using the ribbon bar
      2m 47s
    5. Using the Quick Access Toolbar
      42s
    6. Using the Marking menu
      4m 33s
  4. 22m 6s
    1. Basic menu customization
      6m 40s
    2. Custom ribbon bar panels
      6m 22s
    3. Keyboard
      5m 9s
    4. Marking menu customization
      3m 55s
  5. 20m 24s
    1. Project file introduction
      3m 54s
    2. The project file: .ipj
      4m 4s
    3. Setting up the project file for this course
      7m 11s
    4. Frequently used subfolders
      5m 15s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Introducing sketching
      4m 55s
    2. Working with origin geometry
      4m 46s
    3. Understanding constraints
      7m 39s
    4. Application options
      5m 11s
  7. 50m 43s
    1. Drawing lines
      6m 29s
    2. Creating rectangles and arcs
      9m 26s
    3. Creating splines
      6m 35s
    4. Creating slots
      5m 43s
    5. Construction geometry
      6m 18s
    6. Dimensioning
      9m 34s
    7. Parameters
      6m 38s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Move, copy, and rotate sketch geometry
      7m 43s
    2. Trim, extend, and split sketch geometry
      6m 20s
    3. Scale, stretch, and offset geometry
      7m 47s
    4. Creating rectangular, circular, and mirrored sketch patterns
      8m 43s
  9. 19m 27s
    1. Understanding work features
      3m 58s
    2. Creating offset work planes
      4m 17s
    3. Creating work planes
      6m 59s
    4. Creating work axes and points
      4m 13s
  10. 16m 50s
    1. Projecting geometry
      7m 7s
    2. Importing AutoCAD data
      9m 43s
  11. 54m 31s
    1. Part feature introduction
      5m 14s
    2. Creating a base extrusion feature
      8m 46s
    3. Keeping extrusions connected with the To next face/body option
      4m 29s
    4. Creating revolves
      7m 42s
    5. Creating complex shapes with the Loft tool
      8m 50s
    6. Adding control to a loft by creating rails
      8m 40s
    7. Creating a sweep feature
      6m 16s
    8. Creating a sweep feature with model edges
      4m 34s
  12. 24m 44s
    1. Adding holes to a part model
      10m 10s
    2. Modifying edges with fillets and chamfers
      4m 18s
    3. Hollowing parts with the shell feature
      10m 16s
  13. 25m 37s
    1. Creating rectangular feature patterns
      9m 23s
    2. Adding intelligence to a rectangular pattern
      5m 45s
    3. Creating rectangular feature patterns along a path
      2m 22s
    4. Creating circular feature patterns
      3m 11s
    5. Mirroring part features
      4m 56s
  14. 31m 30s
    1. Understanding iParts and iFeatures
      3m 19s
    2. Creating an iPart from an existing part
      11m 0s
    3. Changing between versions inside an iPart
      5m 50s
    4. Extracting iFeatures for use in other parts
      5m 11s
    5. Inserting iFeatures into a part
      6m 10s
  15. 26m 23s
    1. Introduction to assemblies NEW
      1m 59s
    2. Placing components NEW
      7m 40s
    3. Creating components in the context of an assembly NEW
      8m 9s
    4. Placing fasteners from the Content Center NEW
      8m 35s
  16. 46m 14s
    1. The Mate/Flush constraint NEW
      9m 42s
    2. The Angle constraint NEW
      5m 34s
    3. The Insert constraint NEW
      3m 55s
    4. Driving constraints NEW
      10m 0s
    5. The Transitional tab NEW
      3m 50s
    6. The Motion tab NEW
      9m 18s
    7. Contact sets NEW
      3m 55s
  17. 18m 38s
    1. Adding materials to parts in an assembly NEW
      4m 3s
    2. Visual styles NEW
      4m 52s
    3. Enhancing the design experience with shadows NEW
      2m 9s
    4. Adding a ground plane, reflections, and perspective to a design NEW
      3m 34s
    5. Changing the lighting style to match a design NEW
      4m 0s
  18. 39m 11s
    1. Exploring initial drawing creation NEW
      5m 6s
    2. Placing base and projected views NEW
      9m 31s
    3. Creating section views NEW
      8m 0s
    4. Creating detail views NEW
      3m 56s
    5. Creating a breakout view NEW
      5m 41s
    6. Creating auxiliary and cropped views NEW
      6m 57s
  19. 25m 57s
    1. Creating general dimensions NEW
      9m 20s
    2. Changing dimension precision NEW
      4m 21s
    3. Creating baseline, ordinate, and chain dimensions NEW
      5m 51s
    4. Creating baseline, ordinate, and chain dimension sets NEW
      6m 25s
  20. 10m 43s
    1. Creating individual balloons NEW
      4m 34s
    2. Creating a group of balloons with automatic ballooning NEW
      3m 40s
    3. Adding a parts list to the drawing NEW
      2m 29s
  21. 30s
    1. Next steps
      30s

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Inventor 2014 Essential Training
8h 36m Beginner Apr 17, 2014 Updated May 19, 2014

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Already up and running? This course is the next step in building your Autodesk Inventor skillset. Author John Helfen takes you through the interface and key processes of this parametric design system, including sketching, part modeling, assemblies, and drawings. Each process works in conjunction with the rest, allowing you to create parts and assemblies and document them in a way that they can be manufactured. Learn how to set up your project file; create and modify geometry; create extrusions, sweeps, and lofts; build parts with placed features and patterns of features; and create iParts and iFeatures. John also covers assembly visualization techniques, drawing views, and balloons and parts lists.

The course was created and produced by John Helfen. We're honored to host this training in our library.

Topics include:
  • Customizing Inventor's menus
  • Drawing rectangles, arcs, splines, and slots
  • Moving, copying, and rotating geometry
  • Trimming, splitting, scaling, and stretching geometry
  • Creating work planes
  • Projecting and importing geometry
  • Creating extrusions, revolves, sweeps, and lofts
  • Adding holes to a part model
  • Creating rectangular feature patterns
  • Creating iParts and iFeatures
  • Using constraints to position parts
  • Creating drawing views
  • Setting dimensions
Subjects:
Prototyping Product Design CAD 3D Drawing
Software:
Inventor
Author:
John Helfen

The project file: .ipj

Now that you have a basic understanding of what a project file is and what it does, I want to look at some of the settings that you can use to control where these project files are created. Let's first open up the Projects dialog box again. Under the Launch panel on the Getting Started tab you can select Projects and it brings the Project dialog box up again. And the reason I wanted to bring this up is so that you can see what we're about to change. You'll notice from my screen that I list of a bunch of projects that I've created.

Now, your screen might not look like this. It probably won't, actually. Because if you just getting started with Inventor, you may not have created any projects yet. This list will get populated as you create new projects. But, for this example, we'll use what I have on my screen just so you can see where these settings are and what are changed. And then you can make the adjustments as you see fit for your learning experience. On the top section of this dialog box we have a list of the projects. And you'll notice something in common between all of them, or at least most of them.

And that's the location where the project file, or the folder for those files, is actually located. You'll notice that my Inventor Essentials project, which I have active, is located at C File Storage Lynda Inventor Essentials, Inventor Essentials exercise files. Now the rest of the projects, the ones that I use on a daily basis for work, for practice, and, and my own learning, are found in C, File Storage, Autodesk, Inventor projects.

Now, what's important about what we're going to cover here is the location where project files are stored. By default, it is not this location. It's your user profile, and we'll look at that in a second. But what I've done, is actually changed this for a very specific reason. I know that my file storage folder is backed up on a regular basis. So I've changed my settings to be located in a safe location. And I recommend that you do the same. Now you don't have to for this course, by any means. But in a commercial environment, and just for general good practice, I highly recommend trying to locate the general project files in a backed up location.

That doesn't mean that you can't create a project that's outside of that location. It just means that in general the majority of your stuff is going to be safe and it, it's just a wise tip. So I'm going to click Done and then we are going to look at where we can change that setting. If you go to the Application menu in the upper right hand corner and left-click. You can select Options down at the bottom. Now if your dialog box opens and you're not on the File tab, there's a good chance that you're on the General tab. Simply select the File tab to view what you see on the screen.

Now on the File tab, this is essentially where Inventor defines locations for files it needs. Not just project files but design files, undo files, template files, things like that, and the one we want to focus on here is the Project folder. Here you can see, is the location that we saw for most of the projects in my window, and that's C File Storage Autodesk Inventor projects, and that's just a folder I created and that I defined. Now by default you're probably going to see something like this Public Documents/Autodesk/Inventor 2014/Projects or something to that effect.

That location's perfectly fine and you can use that still to create multiple projects in that location. But it's just wise that you understand where those files are being placed, again so that you can properly back them up. And that you, so that you just generally understand where the files are located in your system. If you want to change this location you can use the button to the right, and it brings up a basic browse dialog. It allows you to select a different location on the network or on your hard drive or create a new folder if you need to. Now, I'm going to go ahead and click Cancel.

And next we can actually look at creating projects themselves.

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