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Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2015 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2015: Autodesk Official Press

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A comprehensive guide to Autodesk Inventor and Inventor LT

This detailed reference and tutorial provides straightforward explanations, real-world examples, and practical tutorials that focus squarely on teaching Autodesk Inventor tips, tricks, and techniques. The book also includes a project at the beginning to help those new to Inventor quickly understand key interface conventions and capabilities.

In addition, there is more information on Inventor LT, new practice drawings at the end of each chapter to reinforce lessons learned, and thorough coverage of all of Inventor's new features. The author's extensive experience across industries and his expertise enables him to teach the software in the context of real-world workflows and work environments.

Mastering Inventor explores all aspects of part design, including sketching, basic and advanced modeling techniques, working with sheet metal, and part editing. Here are just a few of the key topics covered:

  • Assemblies and subassemblies

  • Real-world workflows and offering extensive detail on working with large assemblies

  • Weldment design

  • Functional design using Design Accelerators and Design Calculators

  • Everything from presentation files to simple animations to documentation for exploded views

  • Frame Generator

  • Inventor Studio visualization tools

  • Inventor Professional's dynamic simulation and stress analysis features

  • Routed systems features (piping, tubing, cabling, and harnesses)

  • The book's detailed discussions are reinforced with step-by-step tutorials, and readers can compare their work to the downloadable before-and-after tutorial files. In addition, you'll find an hour of instructional videos with tips and techniques to help you master the software.

    Mastering Inventor is the ultimate resource for those who want to quickly become proficient with Autodesk's 3D manufacturing software and prepare for the Inventor certification exams.

    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
      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 a 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. Working with Free-Form Modeling and Direct Editing Tools
      8. Troubleshooting Failures with the End-of-Part Marker
      9. 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. Creating Drawing Views
      5. Annotating Part Drawings
      6. Annotating Assembly Drawings
      7. Working with Sheet-Metal Drawings
      8. Working with Weldment Views
      9. Working with iParts and iAssembly Drawings
      10. Sharing Your Drawings Outside Your Workgroup
      11. 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
      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
      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 2015 Certification
    31. End User License Agreement