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Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2016 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2016: Autodesk Official Press by Paul Normand, Paul Munford

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Chapter 8 Assembly Design Workflows

A typical assembly file is composed of links to the included components and assembly relationships (constraints). The components are parts or subassemblies that exist as separate files. When components are placed into an assembly file, links to those individual files are created in the assembly file. Initially a component is free-floating and can be moved and rotated in any direction unless it’s grounded in place or constrained to other components.

For example, if you were to create an assembly of a simple drilled base plate and a bolt to be inserted in the hole, you would have three files.

  • The assembly file (with a filename extension of .iam)
  • The base plate part file (with a filename extension of .ipt ...

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