Join John Helfen for an in-depth discussion in this video Create a project, part of Autodesk Inventor 2018 Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Now let's look at how we can create our own project file. This won't be the project file for the course with the exercise files. Instead, let's go ahead and create a project that you can use for practice files. When you're not working on the course, you're going to want to practice. So let's create a project that allows you to store those files in a separate location from your exercise files. As mentioned earlier, in the dashboard, you can't create or delete projects. In order to do that, you need to go to the Getting Started tab under the Launch panel, and select Projects.
To create the new project, simply begin by clicking the New button at the bottom of the dialog box. This will bring up the Inventor project wizard. The first step is to select the type of project you're going to create. Depending on the settings you used during the install, you may not see this New Vault Project option. That's fine. Everybody should see the New Single User Project, and that's what we're going to focus on. Go ahead and make sure that's selected and click Next. On this step of the process, we can actually provide a name for the project, define where the files are going to be located, and see where Inventor's going to create the .ipj file.
I'm going to go ahead and name this My Practice Files. As I do that, you can see that the project folder is also updated to indicate My Practice Files. The problem I have here is, by default, it's using what was in the application options. It's taking the user profile, the user is John Helfen, and then it's placing it in Documents/Inventor and then a folder called My Practice Files. Now I don't want to store it in its default location. I'm going to go ahead and create a folder on my desktop to store my practice files.
I'm going to click the Browse button at the right of the dialog. I'm going to select my desktop, and then I'm going to click Make New Folder. And I'm going to call this My Practice Files as well. Now, while I'm naming this folder My Practice Files, you don't have to. You can name the project something completely different than the folder that the files are being stored in. I just use it for consistency's sake. With that done, make sure you select My Practice Files and click OK. Now you can see that the name stayed the same, but the location has been updated to be the desktop folder.
Go ahead and click Next, and you have the option to set up libraries. Now we're going to do that in this course, and in most cases you're going to click Finish here. But I do want to take a minute to explain what a library file is. Essentially, a library file is a special location in a project, where files that can't be modified are stored. For example, if you buy a motor or a gear or something of that nature from an outside source, chances are you're not going to be modifying that in Inventor. And just to protect that file, you can place it in a library folder.
If you attempt to edit a file from a library folder in Inventor, it will tell you the file is read-only, which is exactly what you want, because you don't want to modify a standard component by mistake, costing more money or more time, when you know that it can't be edited. In order to edit library files, you do have to set up a separate project that specifically points to those files to edit them. It's one extra step, but it sure saves a lot of time and effort and prevents you from overwriting standard components. Now that you know what they are, let's go ahead and skip it by clicking Finish.
By doing that, we now have a My Practice Files project that's located in a folder called My Practice Files on our desktop. And we have an .ipj file that has been stored in the folder on the desktop where the practice files are stored. Let's take a quick look at that so you can see. If we bring up the file explorer, you can see here I'm looking at the exercise files on my desktop, and there's a project file here. Let's go ahead and go up one level and look at the My Practice Files folder.
And you can see here, there's also a project file in that location as well. This is the folder where files will be stored, and this is the .ipj file that was just created. But as I mentioned, even though these exercise files and practice files can be stored on the desktop or on a network or other locations, Inventor also creates a shortcut in a centralized location, and that is in the Documents folder under Inventor. Remember, that location is stored in the application options, and it's not something you change all the time.
But now, if we look at that, you can see we have one, two, three, four, five projects. Even though they're located in different locations on the hard drive, all the shortcuts are in one location. We're now ready to go back to Inventor, save our changes, and go ahead and close. Now at any point moving forward, when you're practicing on files outside of the coursework, you can activate this project to store those files.
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