Join Thom Tremblay for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of project files, part of Cert Prep: Autodesk Inventor Certified Professional.
- [Voiceover] This certification objective is project files. Project files are a critical element in Autodesk Inventor. Helping inventor understand where to locate data, and where to place data. To work with a project file inside of Autodesk Inventor, go to the Projects tool, in the launch panel on the ribbon. If the project file that you're look for is not listed, you can either create a new project file, whether it be a stand-alone project file, or a vault project file, or you can browse to locate a project file.
I will browse to the desktop, to where my exercise files are, and select the Inventor Certification.ipj file. A double-click will active the certification project file, and then I'll take a closer look at the elements that are contained within it. Within the project file, we have different categorizations. We can select what appearance libraries are standard, we can validate what workspace we're working in, we can add items, such as frequently used sub-folders, or I can seek out a path, such as chapter seven, and give it an alias.
Inside of Autodesk Inventor, when we go to open a file, or to save a file, we'll now have a shortcut directly to that path. More commonly used, are the folder options. Folder options will allow you to point to a separate location for templates, or other design data. In this case, I've defined the location of my content center files, to not go to my documents, but to go a folder under our workspace, which is represented by a period. I can also control what standards are available in the content library, by deselecting or selecting any of the libraries.
So, if I go to grab a bolt, I don't have to search through a million fasteners. I can only search through a few hundred thousand. After I've set up my project file, I can save any changes I've made, or I can select done, and go back to working in Inventor. Now, when I go to open a file, it will go directly to the exercise files folder on my desktop, and be ready to start working.
- Certification tips
- Working with project files
- Modeling parts
- Advanced modeling features
- Designing with sheet metal
- Controlling assemblies
- Applying weldments
- Building presentation files
- Editing drawings and views