Join Jana Schmidt for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up the project file (.IPJ), part of Autodesk Inventor: Product Design Workflow.
- One additional File type I didn't mention…in prior video is a Project File.…The Project File has a .ipj file extension.…And it is created to serve as a bookmark file…that will help you quickly access…the Directories that are referenced by your model.…The biggest advantage…of setting up a Project file…is that Inventor will default…to the Project File location…to save your files.…And as you move to using…more advanced features of Inventor…you'll find that settings such as…Materials and Styles and Appearances and Libraries…that follow those can also be set…or bookmarked in the Project File.…
A really important note on creating Project Files…is to only do so when all…other Project Files are closed.…My friend equates this to changing a belt…while an engine is running.…It's not just generally a good practice.…So that it's best to set up a Project File…at the start of a new project when you begin.…So to create our Caddy Project File…initially we need to set up a folder…in or outside of the software.…You can navigate however you would like to…
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
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Inventor UI and File Management
2. Creating and Modifying the Beverage Caddy Parts
3. Assembling the Beverage Caddy
4. Creating a Rendered Image and Animation of the Caddy Project
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