Chapter 1 - Delmar

Autodesk Inventor 11
Essentials Plus
Instructor’s Name
Course Objectives
• Create, Constrain, Dimension and
Modify Sketches
• Create and Edit Part Features
• Create, Constrain and Analyze
• Create and Edit Drawing Views of Parts
and Assemblies
• Utilize Design Automation Techniques
• Create Sheet Metal Parts
Chapter 1
Getting Started
Chapter 1 - Objectives
• In this chapter, you will gain an understanding
The Getting Started screen
Reasons for which a project file is used
How to create a project file for a single user
Autodesk Vault
Different file types used in Autodesk Inventor
Application options
The Help system
The user interface
How to issue commands
Different viewing tools
Getting Started Screen
• Welcome
– What is new in
the current release
– Learning options
• Expand Your
– Information about
functionality in
How to Create and Open Files
• New
–Template for a new part, assembly, presentation
file, sheet metal part, or drawing
• Open
–Open an existing Autodesk Inventor file
• Projects
–Create a new project
–Make an existing
project current
Projects in Autodesk Inventor
• Projects Overview
– Most designs involve more than a single
file: parts, subassembly, top level assembly,
presentation, and drawings
– Projects are files that contain search paths to
find files that are required for a project
– Autodesk Inventor always has a project
named Default. The default projects’s path is
located relative to the folder that the
referencing file is in
Projects in Autodesk Inventor
•Project Setup
–Plan your project folder structure
•Project File Search Options
–Inventor stores cross-file reference information
–Resolves information
to find referenced file
Projects in Autodesk Inventor
•Project File Search Options
–Included File, Workspace & Local Search Paths
–Workgroup Search Paths
• More file management sophistication
–Library Search Paths
• Store standard company and third-party models
–Project File Search Order
Library Paths
Local Search Paths in the order listed in the project file
Workgroup Search Paths in the order listed in the project file
Folder containing the parent document
Projects in Autodesk Inventor
• File Resolution
– Resolve Link
Projects in Autodesk Inventor
• Creating Projects
– .ipj file extension
– Types of project
• Single User
• Vault Project
– Available only if
Vault is installed
Projects in Autodesk Inventor
• Project wizard
– Project Name
– Location
– Libraries
• Editing Projects
Autodesk Vault
• Available on the Autodesk Inventor CD
• Autodesk Vault enhances the datamanagement process by
File check in / out
Manage any electronic file
Track file versions
Track team member access
Copy designs
Enhanced search capabilities
• Projects
Exercise 1-1
File Information
• File Types
– Part .ipt
• 2D or 3D
– Assembly .iam
• Consist of single part, multiple parts, or
– Presentation .ipn
• Shows parts of an assembly, exploded in
different states
– Sheet Metal .ipt
• Part files that have sheet metal environment
File Information
• File Types
– Drawing .idw
• Contain 2D projected drawing views of parts, assemblies
and/or presentation files
– Project .ipj
• ASCII-based text files, contain search paths to locations of
all files in project
– iFeature .ide
• Contains complete parts, 3D features, or 2D sketches, that
inserted into a part file
– Design Views (.idv)
• Private Design Views are configuration files in which saves
component visibility, component selection status, color
settings, zoom magnification, and viewing angle of an
Application Options
• Customized to your preferences
Design Support System
• Help system in Autodesk Inventor
Help Topics
Visual Syllabus
What's New
Design Doctor
Sketch Doctor
User Interface
User Interface
• Toolbars and Panel Bar Tools
Command Entry
Toolbars and Panel Bar
Shortcut Menus
Windows Shortcuts
Hot Keys
Rollup Command
– Undo & Redo
Hot Keys
• Hot Keys
Customizing Hotkeys
• Customize command shortcuts by
clicking Customize on the Tools
Viewing Tools
• Viewing Models From Different
Isometric View
Camera Views
View Tools
Exercise 1-2
• Viewing a model
Do This
Create a project
Select Projects from either the Autodesk
Inventor File menu or from the What To Do
area of the Getting Started page
Save the active document
Click Save on the File menu or on the
Standard toolbar
Save a copy of the active
document with a new name
Click Save Copy As on the File menu
Save the active document and
all of its dependents
Click Save All on the File menu
Set Autodesk Inventor
Click Application Options on the Tools
Get help
Press the F1 key, click one of the options on
the Help menu,or click the Help Topics or
Visual Syllabus icon on the Main menu bar
Do This
Undo or redo a command
Click the Undo or Redo icon on the
Standard toolbar
Change the current viewpoint to
an isometric viewpoint
Right-click in the graphics window, and
select Isometric View from the menu
Zoom or pan
On the Standard toolbar, click one of the
Zoom or Pan tools, or use the wheel on a
wheel mouse
Dynamically rotate a part
Click the Dynamic Rotate tool on the
Standard toolbar, or use the F4 key
Change the display
Click the Shaded Display, Hidden Edge
Display, or Wireframe Display icon on the
Standard toolbar
Customize Hotkeys
Customize command shortcuts by clicking
Customize on the Tools menu.
Project Exercise Overview