Join John Helfen for an in-depth discussion in this video Home dashboard, part of Autodesk Inventor 2018 Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] When you first launch your Autodesk Inventor, you're presented with the homepage, or your dashboard. This brings together all the things that you're going to most likely do when you don't have a file open in Autodesk Inventor. Things like: create new files, explore the projects that you have, or review recent documents you've been working on. This is just a window, like any other window in Inventor. In the upper right-hand corner, there's a minimize, restore, and a close button that will allow you to make adjustments as needed. The reason I bring this up is there are going to be cases where you may have closed this window and may need to return to it.
For example, if I double-click on Engine.iam and open that, you'll see that we have the engine open on one tab, down here at the bottom of the screen, and we have my home tab set as another tab. If, for some reason, you were to close this tab, you could still continue working on your designs. But once you close this assembly file, you're back to your original starting page, but your dashboard isn't open. You can always get back to your dashboard by going to the Getting Started tab, to the My Home Panel, and clicking Home.
This will relaunch the window and you can simply maximize it to return to your default settings. Now let's look at each of the sections within the dashboard. In the New section, you have a list of the different types of files that you can create: Parts, Assemblies, Drawings, or Presentations. When you were installing Autodesk Inventor, you had to make some decisions. Are you going to use inch or are you going to use metric, for example? Depending on what you selected, these buttons will actually launch the default option. If you installed with inch, you'll get the default inch part template.
If, however, you selected metric, you'll get the default metric part template. The same is true for the remaining items as well. There are going to be times during the design process where you want to use a format or different type of file that isn't listed here. And that's where the advanced tab comes in. By clicking on the advanced tab, the new section converts over to a folder structure that lets you access more templates than just the defaults. For example, if you needed to access any of your metric templates, you could click the arrow next to the metric folder, and access any of those just from this window.
In most cases, the items that you find on the Basic tab are what you'll use most frequently. To the right of that is the projects section. This gives you a view into the projects you've created in Autodesk Inventor. Right now, we have the default template and several others that were set up when we installed. We'll explore these a little more as we go through the course. Within the Projects tab, you also have an option for shortcuts. This allows you to quickly create shortcuts to folders on your hard drive or other items in this project that you might use frequently.
You also have the ability to create hyperlinks to other websites that might also be useful. For example, you may want to see a page that defines information about a standard part you're using. These can be added or removed at any time during the design process. And finally, we have the File Details. File Details will allow you to select something in the Recent Files menu and see information about the part that's selected. Where the file is located, the last date it was modified, how large it is, who the author is, and many other items as well.
Finally, you have Recent Documents down at the bottom. In this section, you'll see files that you've opened throughout your design process. If, for example, one of those files is something you're going to be working on quite a bit in the near term, you can use the pin in the upper right-hand corner to pin the file so that it's always available at the top of the list. When you're done with that you can always unpin as well by clicking that same icon again. Last but not least, there's a way to configure the dashboard to your liking. In the upper right-hand corner you have Flip, Reset, and Maximize Recent.
You may find that you want to flip the orientation of the screen. The flip button is simply a toggle that does that. By clicking on it once, you'll move recent documents to the top section, and the New and Project sections are moved to the bottom. You can always return to the default settings by clicking Reset. The other option is Maximize Recent. As you're working on a specific project you're not going to need to look at other projects as frequently and therefore you may find that maximizing the Recent screen by clicking on the Maximize Recent button is more appropriate for your work environment.
Again, you can always Reset by clicking the Reset button to return to the defaults if you ever want to return to the original settings.
- Reviewing interface changes
- Projecting and importing geometry
- Working with Autodesk AnyCAD
- Understanding part modeling
- Building parts with placed features
- Working with partial chamfers