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40 tutorials x inventor

Introduction to 3D Sketches (1.3MB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Nov 11, 2002
In this lesson we explore the use of 3D Sketches and their use in creating hoses and wiring. In this tutorial we also look at both adaptive and non-adaptive 3D sketches. With adaptive sketches you can change the positon of other assembly elements and the hose/wire will update automatically.

Introduction to iParts (1.5MB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 6, 2002
iParts are a big mystery for most users. This tutorial steps you through the basics fo creating a simple iPart. We discuss how to format the table, set the properties and organize the iPart keys.
Download the Data Set (21kB XLS)

Using Threads iParts (889kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 6, 2002
Controlling threads in iParts can be a bit confusing. This tutorial walks you through the fundamentals of how to add threads to your iParts.
Download the Data Set (21kB ZIP)

Using Colors & Materials in iParts (931kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 6, 2002
You will be able to control the color of both the base part and part features after reading this tutorial.

Custom Parameters in iParts (aka Custom iParts) (519kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 7, 2002
This tutorial discusses the use of iParts that can have a user entered value. Useful for parts that have a standard cross section but very in length (e.g. steel section, extrusions etc.)

How to Set Up Your Project to Use iParts (259kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Oct 7, 2002
iParts require special attention to your project files. In this tutorial I explain the differences between "global" and "project specific" setups and the use of the proxy path.

Introduction to iFeatures (259kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 6, 2002
This tutorial explains the basic of creating an iFeature (aka Design Elements). While it does not cover the advanced features of table driven iFeatures, it will give oyu enough information to get a start.

Derived Parts - Part One (Weldments) (742kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 6, 2002
While R6 introduced Weldments many users choose to represent weldments in a derived part format. This tutorial describes how to take an assembly and derive it into one single part.

Derived Parts - Part Two (Scaling & Mirroring) (460kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 6, 2002
Derived parts allows you the ability to mirror and scale parts. This tutorial walks you through the procedure.

Derived Parts - Part Three (Mold Creation) (579kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 6, 2002
While there are add-on packages to help with mold creation, this tutorial walks the user through the process of using derived parts to create a negative of a part. The basics of mold creation.

Tips for Assemblies (465kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Apr 28, 2003
This tutorial is a collection of 10 tips that I have found in my experience to help new (and experienced) users to effectively handle assemblies.

Advanced Motion Part One (575kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 6, 2002
This tutorial describes the process of making one part move in multiple directions. In our example we push a blokc around in a few different directions with some air cylinders. You should first familiarize youself with the various Inventor functions that are available.
This tutorial is also available in German translated by Jörg Weber.
Download the Data Set (201kB ZIP) | View the Animation (204kB AVI) | Download CODEC to view AVI (EXE)

Advanced Motion Part Two (348kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 14, 2002
This tutorial explains how to get motion of multiple parts in one assembly. It describes the formulas and equations required to do very complex animations. Be sure to read Part One first. Also be sure to check out Animator for an easier way to do all of this.
This tutorial is also available in German translated by Jörg Weber.
Download the Data Set (354kB ZIP) | View the Animation (764kB AVI) | Download CODEC to view AVI (EXE)

Adaptivity 101 (497kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Jan 1, 2003
This is the first in a series of tutorials on basic adaptivity. In this lesson we create a part then make it adaptive in an assembly. We size the part with adaptivity based on the position of the other linkages in the assembly.
Download the Data Set (1.14MB ZIP)

Adaptivity 102 (677kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Jan 7, 2003
This second installment in the Adaptivity series covers multiple feature adaptivity in one part. The part is constructed outside the assembly and then made adaptive in the assembly. Be sure to read Adaptivity 101 before attempting this tutorial.
Download the Data Set (397kB ZIP)

Adaptivity 103 (826kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Jan 15, 2003
The third installment in the Adaptivity series covers the creation of an adaptive part in the context of an assembly. By creating the part within the context of the assembly cross part association is used to make features adaptive. Be sure to read Adaptivity 101 & 102 before attempting this tutorial.
Download the Data Set (531kB ZIP)

Adaptivity 104 (527kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Feb 12, 2003
The forth and last installment in the Adaptivity series covers the creation of flexible and deformable objects using adaptivity. In this lesson we construct a hose that shrinks and grows as the rest of the assembly moves. Be sure to read Adaptivity 101, 102 & 103 before attempting this tutorial.
Download the Data Set (527kB ZIP)

Parts List Rollup Options (860kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Dec 29, 2003
New to R8 are some enhancements to the Parts List. Among these is the ability to rollup similar values. In other words you now have the ability (like in MDT) to sum the values of a column and group similar parts together. This tutorial will give you some guidelines on how to do a very basic BOM rollup and summation.

Creating Broken Out Section Views (628kB PDF)
by Bill Bogan - May 17, 2003
Bill Bogan of B2 Design (and formerly of Autodesk) has written a tutorial on the creation and secrest to a successful break out view creation. He includes undocumented features as well as some potential pitfalls.

Sketched Symbols Primer (627kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 22, 2002
Sketched symbols are reuseable sketches that allow users to place items such as revision blocks, delta symbols, notes etc. in drawing views. This tutorial describes how to create them.

Basic Titleblock Creation (630kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - July 14, 2002
A titleblock is one of the first things all users need. This tutorial describes the process of creating a new titleblock and how to get model and drawing properties into the titleblock.

Creating Partial Views (663kB PDF)
by Bill Bogan - Jan 9, 2003
Bill Bogan of B2 Design (and formerly of Autodesk) has written a tutorial on the creation of partial views utilizing the break out view function.

Linked & Embedded Parameters - Part One (890kB ZIP)
by Sean Dotson - Sep 16, 2002
The first in a series explains how to embed an Excel spreadsheet into an Inventor part or assembly. This allows the user to control several aspects of the part by placinf parameters in the embedded Excel document. Within Excel the user can then utilize pulldown selections, If.Then conditional statements and various other Excel functions. A working understanding of Excel is assumed.

Linked & Embedded Parameters - Part Two (890kB ZIP)
by Sean Dotson - Sep 25, 2002
In the second part of this series we look at linking an Excel spreadsheet to several parts and to an assembly. In this manner the user can change several parts and the associated assembly by editing the single Excel file.

Linked & Embedded Parameters - Part Three (906kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Dec 12, 2002
In the third part of this series we examine how to use the derived part engine to link multiple files to one another. This allows the user to control several files from one master file without the need for external spreadsheets.


Control Your Inventor Models with External Linked & Embedded Parameters (700kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Dec 16, 2003
This is the handout I used at Autodesk University 2003 for course MA43-2. It is a 20 page summary of the 4 most popular ways to control models from Excel spreadsheets, derived parameters and external text files.

A Muscualr Modeling - A New Take on Skeletal Modeling (PDF)
by Sean Dotson - July 12, 2005
This tutorial discusses a new concept in skeletal modeling called "muscular modeling" where you use derived solids to link assemblies.

A Non-Programmers Guide to Macros (PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Jan 19, 2004
This tutorial discusses ways to download, load, and run macro files. It also illustrates how to assign custom toolbar buttons to macros for easy access.
This tutorial is also available in German translated by Jörg Weber.

Demystifying Project Files (PDF)
by Dennis Jeffrey - Dec 3, 2002
This tutorial is from Dennis Jeffrey and was part of his course at Autodesk University 2002. He explains the ins and outs of Project files.

AUGI Course on VBA ( 1.4MB ZIP)
by Joe Sutphin
This is a collection of documents that was part of the AUGI course of VBA for Inventor. It explains the basics of VBA programming in Inventor.

VBA Functions in Parts - Part 1 (693kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Mar 7, 2003
This tutorial illustrates how simple VBA functions can be used in Part files. VBA functions allow the user to utilize simple If.Then and DO.While statemenst to make conditional decisions based on other part parameters.
Download the Data Set (257kB ZIP)

VBA Functions in Parts - Part 2 (589kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Mar 7, 2003
The second part of this tutorial series takes the conecpts in the first tutorial and then uses these functions to link data to an Excel spreadsheet. By doing this, users can accomplish a very limited type of "configurations" or table driven parts. Be sure to read Part 1 tutorial first.
Download the Data Set (170kB ZIP)

Introduction to Skeletal Modeling (1.26MB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 15, 2002
Skeletal Modeling is a technique that involves creating all assembly data in one master sketch and deriving the parts into individula parts. The assembly requires no constraints as all positional data is derived off the master sketch. This tutorial is also available in German translated by Jörg Weber.
Download the Data Set (64kB ZIP)

A Lesson in Skeletal Modeling (HTML Link)
by Kent Keller
Kent Keller (one of the Skeletal Modeling masters) has a web page that explains Skeletal Modeling from his point of view. An excellent read.

Introduction to Inventor Functions (497kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - May 6, 2002
This short tutorial describes the various functions that are available in Inventor.
This tutorial is also available in German translated by Jörg Weber.

Reserved Parameter Names (119kB PDF)
by Sean Dotson - July 9, 2002
This short tutorial lists the reserved parameter names (one you cannot use as a user parameter)

Tips & Tricks (Updated Frequently) - Updated 9/5/03 (PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Sep 5, 2003
This tutorial is a colection of various tips & tricks for Inventor that I have collected over the years. Be sure to check back frequently as I update this tutorial often.

What's New in R8 - (PDF)
by Sean Dotson - Nov 7, 2003
This is a "tutorial" with a bit more info than in the official Autodesk PDF. Look for tutorials on these subjects in the weeks and months to come.

Large Assembly Performance Troubleshooting - (DWF 1.15MB)
by Richard Ranking (Autodesk) - Nov 25, 2003
An excellent document discussing tips and techniques to optimize you system and Inventor install for large assembly performance. Click on the link then allow several seconds for the download to begin. It may ask you to install Autodesk Express Viewer if you currently don't have the ability to view DWF files.

File Management White Paper - (PDF 707kB)
by Autodesk - Nov 25, 2003
This document is located on the CD1 of the AIS and AIP install CDs. It is the best reference to date on how project files work and how to use them.
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