Join John Helfen for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring initial drawing creation, part of Autodesk Inventor 2018 Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Now that you know how to create parts and assemblies, you even know how to make those assemblies look beautiful with visualization techniques, it's time talk about drawings. If you've designed something, there's probably a good chance that you're going to want to have it manufactured. If you're going to have it manufactured, I almost guarantee they're going to want a drawing file. On the screen, you can see a drawing file that I've created in Inventor and it's currently configured with all of the defaults. If you don't have one, go ahead and create a new drawing, and you should see what I see on the screen here. Let's take a minute to explore what's going on here and what options we have available to us.
First of all, you'll see that we have a sheet and on that sheet we have a border and a title block. In the browser, just like in the part and assembly world, the browser reflects what the graphics window is showing. If we look in the browser, you can see Sheet1 and in that you see Default Border and you see Ansi-Large which is the title block. Above that, we have a series of drawing resources in a folder. If you click the plus symbol, that will expand, and we can look at what's available. The first item is Sheet Format.
Once you've configured a drawing to a way you like, including views, borders, title blocks, things of that nature, you can save that sheet format into this folder so that if you're going to repeat that same process creating maybe a drawing that has a top, front, and right side view, in a specific orientation, you can save that so that the next time you can use that format in order to get to creating drawings quickly. Below that you have Borders, and we only have one border but it's pretty unique.
In order to show you, I'm going to delete the border that we have in the drawing by right clicking on it and selecting Delete. Now, if for example, you deleted your border by mistake and you simply just needed to replace the original, all you have to do is double click on Default Border in the Borders folder and Inventor will take all the default settings and regenerate a new border based on those settings and place it in the drawing. Let's go ahead and delete that one more time. I'm going to right click and select Delete. This time, rather than double click the default border, I'm going to right click and you have an option to insert drawing border.
If you use this method, you actually get some information that you can configure the border that's going to be created. These are the values that Inventor uses by default. We have horizontal zones and we have vertical zones. By default, the horizontal zone is numeric, and the vertical zones are alphabetical. We're going to go ahead and change this to six zones on the horizontal and six zones on the vertical. We'll leave the other settings the same. By doing this, if we click Ok, we now have a new border that's been configured for us and we have six zones along the top, and six zones along the side.
That way, if you knew you wanted somebody to look at something for example, in zone F6, they'd come to the drawing and look at this section of the drawing sheet. Let's go ahead and double click the middle mouse button to zoom everything out. Next we'll look at title blocks. Right now, we have Ansi-Large placed into this drawing. We're going to go ahead and right click this and select Delete. This is a little bit different than borders. Rather than being able to configure a title block, you simply select the title block from the list and insert it into the drawing. If I were to double click on Ansi-Large again, you would get the same title block we had previously.
Let's go ahead and right click and select Delete on that. The other option is Ansi-A. You can double click that and this is the same title block, just in a smaller format. You can see here, it takes up much less space in the drawing sheet. Now the one thing I want to mention about title blocks and borders is that if you're creating them, I want to make sure you talk to either your teacher, your professor, your CAD manager, or your boss, whoever you're working with, maybe your peers, and make sure you discuss what formats and what standards you're following, because in most cases those have already been defined for an entire organization or an entire team.
Below that in the browser, we have sketch symbols. Now we don't have any created, but if you created a sketch symbol in Inventor, this is where it would store it. A sketch symbol is very similar to an AutoCAD block. It's just a group of sketch geometry that has been gathered together to represent something. It could be a stamp, it could be a symbol, it could be anything you need to quickly apply to a drawing, can be created as a sketch symbol. Just below that, we have AutoCAD blocks, and it works the same way, except it represents things that you've imported from AutoCAD as blocks.
Hopefully this gives you a basic overview of what you get when you start a default blank drawing file.
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