Join Jana Schmidt for an in-depth discussion in this video Modeling the caddy arm using the Mirror command, part of Autodesk Inventor: Product Design Workflow.
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- So we're back, and we're looking at…the final caddy part that needs to be drawn.…That's five of five parts.…It's a fun one to draw.…What we're going to actually use is mirror,…we'll focus on just drawing one half of the caddy arm…and then we'll use mirror, since this is a symetrical part…to generate the second half of the caddy arm.…For this particular part of the drawing…we're going to ignore this handle portion…and we're going to do that a little bit down the road…so yours will just have a flat surface…going all the way across.…
A couple of notes about the shape…we have a one inch bracket…it's one inch by one inch…and the material thickness is 0.1.…The portion that bows kind of out and over the tumblers…has a radius of 3 and the distance is 2.5…of the thickness of the band on the caddy arm.…So let's take a look at how to draw it.…We'll select a new part,…start a 2D sketch…and before I jump to that let me go ahead…and save as and this is going to be caddy arm.…
Alright so we have caddy arm.…We're going to do start a new sketch…
Jana reviews techniques such as setting up your project file; creating and modifying geometry; creating extrusions, sweeps, and lofts; and working with Inventor's freeform tools. She also shows how to combine your parts in an assembly, create presentation-quality animations and still renders of the design, and document the product design with working 2D drawings.
- Modeling the caddy base with the Extrude and Hole commands
- Modeling a caddy foot with Revolve
- Modeling ring supports using the Pattern command
- Placing and constraining the model parts in a caddy assembly
- Adjusting materials and appearance
- Adding a handle with the freeform tools
- Creating an exploded view, a technical drawing, and an animation