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Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2014 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2014: Autodesk Official Press

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An Autodesk Official Press guide to the powerful mechanical design software

Autodesk Inventor has been used to design everything from cars and airplanes to appliances and furniture. This comprehensive guide to Inventor and Inventor LT features real-world workflows and work environments, and is packed with practical tutorials that focus on teaching Inventor tips, tricks, and techniques. Additionally, you can download datasets to jump in and practice on any exercise.

This reference and tutorial explains key interface conventions, capabilities, tools, and techniques, including design concepts and application, parts design, assemblies and subassemblies, weldment design, and the use of Design Accelerators and Design Calculators. There's also detailed coverage of design tactics for large assemblies, effective model design for various industries, strategies for effective data and asset sharing, using 2D and 3D data from other CAD systems, and improving designs by incorporating engineering principles.

  • Uses real-world sample projects so you can quickly grasp the interface, tools, and processes

  • Features detailed documentation on everything from project set up to simple animations and documentation for exploded views, sheet metal flat patterns, plastic part design, and more

  • Covers crucial productivity-boosting tools, iLogic, data exchange, the Frame Generator, Inventor Studio visualization tools, dynamic simulation and stress analysis features, and routed systems features

  • Downloadable datasets let you jump into the step-by-step tutorials anywhere

Mastering Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Inventor LT is the essential, comprehensive training guide for this powerful software.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Publisher's Note
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Author
  8. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. The Mastering Series
    3. What Is Covered in This Book
    4. Autodesk Inventor LT, Autodesk Inventor, and Autodesk Inventor Professional
    5. How to Contact the Author
  9. Chapter 1: Getting Started with Autodesk® Inventor®
    1. Understanding Parametric Design
    2. Understanding the “Feel” of Inventor
    3. Using the Graphical Interface
    4. Learning the File Types in Inventor
    5. What Is an Inventor Project?
    6. Exploring Project File Types
    7. Creating the Project File
    8. Understanding Inventor Templates
    9. Working with Styles, Style Libraries, and Company Standards
    10. The Bottom Line
  10. Chapter 2: A Hands-on Test Drive of the Workflow
    1. Creating a Part Model
    2. Creating and Detailing Drawings of Part Models
    3. Putting Part Models Together in Assembly Files
    4. Creating and Detailing Drawings of Assembly Models
    5. The Bottom Line
  11. Chapter 3: Sketch Techniques
    1. Exploring the Options and Settings for Sketches
    2. Sketching Basics
    3. Creating a Sketch in a New Part
    4. Taking a Closer Look at Sketch Constraints
    5. Gaining More Sketch Skills
    6. Creating Sketches from AutoCAD Geometry
    7. Creating and Using 3D Sketches
    8. Best Practices for Working with Sketches
    9. The Bottom Line
  12. Chapter 4: Basic Modeling Techniques
    1. Exploring Application Options and Settings for Part Modeling
    2. Key Concepts for Creating Basic Part Features
    3. Exploring the Extrude Tool
    4. Creating Revolved Parts
    5. Creating Work Features
    6. Creating Fillets
    7. Creating Threaded Features
    8. Hole Features
    9. Bend Parts
    10. Part Modeling Exercise
    11. The Bottom Line
  13. Chapter 5: Advanced Modeling Techniques
    1. Creating Complex Sweeps and Lofts
    2. Creating Multi-Body Parts
    3. Creating Derived Parts and Assemblies
    4. Working with Patterns
    5. Setting iProperties and Parameters
    6. Adding Part Tolerances
    7. Troubleshooting Failures with the End-of-Part Marker
    8. The Bottom Line
  14. Chapter 6: Sheet Metal
    1. Understanding Sheet-Metal Parts
    2. Getting to Know the Features
    3. Using Sheet-Metal Templates and Rules
    4. Working with the Flat Pattern
    5. Using Sheet-Metal iPart Factories
    6. Modeling with Non-Sheet-Metal Features
    7. Working with Imported Parts
    8. Annotating Your Sheet-Metal Design
    9. The Bottom Line
  15. Chapter 7: Reusing Parts and Features
    1. Working with iParts
    2. Working with iFeatures
    3. Reusing Existing Geometry
    4. Introducing Content Center
    5. The Bottom Line
  16. Chapter 8: Assembly Design Workflows
    1. Assembly Relationships
    2. Understanding Subassemblies
    3. Top-Down Design
    4. Adaptivity
    5. Assembly Features
    6. Managing the Bill of Materials
    7. Assembly Reuse and Configurations
    8. Use Assembly Design Accelerators
    9. The Bottom Line
  17. Chapter 9: Large Assembly Strategies
    1. Selecting a Workstation
    2. Working with Performance Settings
    3. Large Assembly Best Practices
    4. Managing Assembly Detail
    5. Simplifying Parts
    6. The Bottom Line
  18. Chapter 10: Weldment Design
    1. Exploring Weldment Design Methodologies
    2. Modeling Preparations
    3. Exploring Cosmetic Welds
    4. Creating Weld Beads
    5. Creating Fillet Welds
    6. Creating Groove Welds
    7. Performing Machining Operations
    8. Exploring Weld Properties and Combinations
    9. Using the Weld Symbol
    10. Understanding Bead Property Report and Mass Properties
    11. Creating Drawing Documentation
    12. Generating a Bill of Materials and Parts List
    13. The Bottom Line
  19. Chapter 11: Presentations and Exploded Views
    1. Working in the Presentation Environment
    2. Creating Advanced Presentations
    3. Creating and Sharing Assembly Instructions
    4. The Bottom Line
  20. Chapter 12: Documentation
    1. Using the Drawing Manager
    2. Creating Templates and Styles
    3. Utilizing Drawing Resources
    4. Editing Styles and Standards
    5. Creating Drawing Views
    6. Annotating Part Drawings
    7. Annotating Assembly Drawings
    8. Working with Sheet-Metal Drawings
    9. Working with Weldment Views
    10. Working with iParts and iAssembly Drawings
    11. Sharing Your Drawings outside Your Workgroup
    12. The Bottom Line
  21. Chapter 13: Tools Overview
    1. Exploring the BIM Exchange
    2. Using AutoLimits
    3. Using the Design Assistant
    4. Using the Drawing Resource Transfer Wizard
    5. Using the Style Library Manager
    6. Using the Task Scheduler
    7. Using iProperties
    8. Using the Measure Tools
    9. Participating in the CIP and CER
    10. Using Miscellaneous Tools
    11. The Bottom Line
  22. Chapter 14: Exchanging Data with Other Systems
    1. Importing and Exporting Geometry
    2. Using Inventor File Translators
    3. Working with Imported Data and Using Inventor Fusion
    4. Viewing DWF Markup
    5. The Bottom Line
  23. Chapter 15: Frame Generator
    1. Accessing Frame Generator Tools
    2. Exploring the Frame Generator File Structure
    3. Exploring the Anatomy of a Frame Member
    4. Inserting Frame Members
    5. Adding End Treatments
    6. Maintaining Frames
    7. Performing Calculations and Analysis
    8. Publishing Frame Members
    9. Frame Assemblies and BOMs
    10. The Bottom Line
  24. Chapter 16: Inventor Studio
    1. Exploring the Inventor Studio Environment
    2. Creating and Managing Styles
    3. Animating with Inventor Studio
    4. The Bottom Line
  25. Chapter 17: Stress Analysis and Dynamic Simulation
    1. Introduction to Analysis
    2. Conducting Stress Analysis Simulations
    3. Conducting Dynamic Simulations
    4. Exporting to FEA
    5. Using the Dynamic Simulation Information in Stress Analysis
    6. The Bottom Line
  26. Chapter 18: Routed Systems
    1. Tube and Pipe
    2. Cable and Harness
    3. The Bottom Line
  27. Chapter 19: Plastics Design Features
    1. Creating Thicken/Offset Features
    2. Creating Shell Features
    3. Creating Split Features
    4. Creating Grill Features
    5. Creating Rule Fillet Features
    6. Creating Rest Features
    7. Creating Boss Features
    8. Creating Lip and Groove Features
    9. Creating Snap Fit Features
    10. Creating Rib and Web Features
    11. Creating Draft Features
    12. Mold Design Overview
    13. The Bottom Line
  28. Chapter 20: iLogic
    1. What Is iLogic?
    2. Understanding the iLogic Elements and Interface
    3. Creating iLogic Parameters, Rules, and Forms
    4. The Bottom Line
  29. Appendix A: The Bottom Line
    1. Chapter 1: Getting Started with Autodesk Inventor
    2. Chapter 2: A Hands-on Test Drive of the Workflow
    3. Chapter 3: Sketch Techniques
    4. Chapter 4: Basic Modeling Techniques
    5. Chapter 5: Advanced Modeling Techniques
    6. Chapter 6: Sheet Metal
    7. Chapter 7: Reusing Parts and Features
    8. Chapter 8: Assembly Design Workflows
    9. Chapter 9: Large Assembly Strategies
    10. Chapter 10: Weldment Design
    11. Chapter 11: Presentations and Exploded Views
    12. Chapter 12: Documentation
    13. Chapter 13: Tools Overview
    14. Chapter 14: Exchanging Data with Other Systems
    15. Chapter 15: Frame Generator
    16. Chapter 16: Inventor Studio
    17. Chapter 17: Stress Analysis and Dynamic Simulation
    18. Chapter 18: Routed Systems
    19. Chapter 19: Plastics Design Features
    20. Chapter 20: iLogic
  30. Appendix B: Autodesk Inventor Certification