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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)

Creating parameters and driving a model

In this recipe, you will use the Parameters panel to create equations and user-defined parameters. You will learn how to rename and organize parameters within a model and drive dimensions with them. You will also learn how to export parameters for use in another model as a reference parameter.

Getting ready

For this recipe, you will need to open the Heatsink.ipt file from Chapter 3 of the Inventor 2023 Cookbook project folder.

How to do it…

To start, we will examine an existing model that has no defined equations or parameters. The first task will be to access the Parameters panel and create these. To do this, take the following steps:

  1. Open Heatsink.ipt in Inventor. This part has been created and currently has no equations or user-defined parameters.
  2. Select Parameters from the Manage tab.

Here, we will now rename some of the existing parameters. You can also do this upon placing the dimension in the model...