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Autodesk Inventor 2023 Cookbook

By : Alexander Bordino
Book Image

Autodesk Inventor 2023 Cookbook

By: Alexander Bordino

Overview of this book

Autodesk Inventor is an industry-leading, computer-aided design application for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualization, and documentation. This book will help to bridge the gap between the fundamentals of this software and the more advanced features, workflows, and environments it has to offer. Using cookbook-style recipes, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding and practical experience in creating dynamic 3D parts, assemblies, and complete designs. You’ll also explore a variety of topics, including automation and parametric techniques, collaboration tools, creating sheet metal designs, and design accelerators such as frame generators. As you progress, the chapters will guide you through surface modeling tools, advanced assembly, and simplification tools, along with covering iLogic, Finite Element Analysis, and more. By the end of this book, you’ll not only be able to use the advanced functionality within Autodesk Inventor but also have the practical experience you need to deploy specific techniques in your own projects and workflows.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

2D sketch design – Best practices

Successful sketch design underpins the entire design. It is the foundation of nearly everything you do in CAD, so reviewing best practices and techniques, even at an advanced level, is worthwhile. We will now begin to focus on some of the important theory behind this before embarking on the recipes.

Here are the best practices you should follow when creating sketches in Inventor.

Start at the origin

Start your initial sketch from the origin or, if not possible, create a dimension from one sketch entity to the origin. In any new Inventor file, the only point of reference that is known to Inventor is the origin. By creating your sketch using the origin, you will need to give Inventor less information about your sketch, as it is already working from a known point in time and space.

In Figure 1.4, two identical sketches are shown. The right sketch was defined from the origin, while the left was dimensioned to the origin: