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Title: Your First Parametric Designs in Autodesk® Inventor® 2020
Author: Fabian Stasiak

Publication Date: 2019-04-04
ISBN/EAN13: 9781092333269
Page Count: 228
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8" x 10"
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Computers / CAD-CAM / General



Description of the book
This manual is intended for people for whom this is the first contact with Autodesk Inventor software. However, individuals who are familiar with the program will find here useful information. The Autodesk Inventor software is ready for operation immediately after installation and is pre-configured to create designs in line with the general guidelines of the ANSI standard, allowing you to immediately start creating 3D models and associated documentation 2D. The following three examples are proposed in this book:

Example No 1: Designing a complete product
The best way to get to know Autodesk® Inventor® is to make a design of any simple device, which will shown all the main steps of creating and editing a design. In the first example you will learn how to work in Inventor, from the scratch. You will create a project of a simple drill vise, on which you will learn the basic operations of modeling and creating drawing documentation. This example emphasizes the principles of project management, from a single part through designing parts in the context of the assembly, checking the basic kinematics of the product, and further creating a complete drawing documentation containing item numbers and a parts list, as well as an exploding view of the product, rendered illustration and video to be both used for marketing this product.
Then, thanks to the program parameterization and skillful file management, you will quickly create a new version of the drill vise with a complete set of drawing documentation as well as a rendered illustration and video of the new version of the product. The approach proposed in this example will facilitate the application of Inventor parameterization and file management in designing varieties of products of similar design, which use many common components and it will accelerate obtaining flawless drawing documentation of the new version of the product.
Example No 2: Component libraries
Most of the products being designed use components purchased from external suppliers. For this reason, parametric 3D models of purchased components, which can be quickly inserted into the project instead of modeling each time from scratch, offers greatest possible convenience for the constructor. In addition, component library files should be properly described, so that they are correctly presented in the bill of materials and also it should be placed in the library resources area, which will protect them from accidental editing.
In this example, you will create two parts purchased from suppliers: a rubber foot with fixed dimensions and a metal handle that is available in several sizes. The examples presented here will teach you how to prepare your own parametric libraries of purchased components.

Example No 3: Parametric generator of product versions
In the third example, you will create a parametric generator for making a simple metal casing that allows you to obtain a model of any size, with or without handles and pre-prepared drawing documentation for each version of the casing. The generated version of the casing can be further modified in order to obtain the final appearance.
In this example, you will learn the basics of designing sheet metal parts, the use of parameters in parts and in the assembly, and you will learn the basics of programming using iLogic. The approach presented here will teach you how to create and use iLogic parametric version generators.

And…
No additional files are required to complete the design described - all files will be created using the exercises in sequence. Exercises presented in this manual have been implemented in Autodesk Inventor 2020; however, most of this manual is also compatible with previous versions of Autodesk Inventor software.
Selected illustrations from the textbook
What you'll learn from this book
If you correctly follow all the exercises contained in this manual, you will know how to:
  • Modeling simple singular mechanical parts in a separate part file or in the context of an assembly.
  • Compose parts in the assembly and control their mutual position.
  • Insert standard parts from the Content Center and create bolted connections.
  • Drive the assembly constraints to verify the kinematics of the assembly model.
  • Prepare a basic visual presentation of designed product containing rendered illustrations and the video animation .
  • Prepare an exploded presentation of the product.
  • Create a technical drawings of the project, including the basic views, dimensions, descriptions, parts list.
  • Create drawings with exploded views for presentations or assemble instructions.
  • Cerate a new product design based on an existing design with associated drawings, rendered illustrations and presentations video.
  • Carry out basic administrative operations on files with maintaining files relationships.
  • Create single version library components and correctly describe them for the BOM.
  • Create parametric iParts components, specify key parameters, descriptions and create a version table.
  • Model simple sheet metal parts using basic tools and create flat patterns.
  • Control dimensions and features of part in part files using simple iLogic functions.
  • Define global parameters in the main assembly file and transfer their values to related part files using the iLogic function.
  • Control the use of iParts in an assembly using the iLogic function.
  • Control such features like holes and assembly constraints across all parts using the iLogic function.
  • Create a dialog box to conveniently control the parameters and options of the variant.
  • Design a generator of versions of the product containing associated drawing documentation.
  • Generate many versions of a simple subassembly using the variant generator, which contain correctly named 3D models and related drawing.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION
Example No 1: Designing a complete product
Example No 2: Component libraries
Example No 3: Parametric generator of product versions
PREPARATION FOR EXERCISES
Creating a main project file
Adjusting the title block in the template file of drawing
EXAMPLE NO 1. DESIGNING A COMPLETE PRODUCT
Exercise 1 Modeling of parts. Movable jaw of the vise
Exercise 2 The technical drawing of the part. The jaw drawing
Exercise 3 Part–modeling in the assembly file. Corps of the vise
Exercise 4 Inserting and positioning parts in the assembly
Exercise 5 Part-modeling in cross section of the assembly. Clamping screw
Exercise 6 Modeling of the adaptive parts in assembly. Screw support     
Exercise 7 Inserting standard parts and creating bolted connection
Exercise 8 Assembly kinematics. Drive constraints  
Exercise 9 Organize content of a bill of material
Exercise 10 The visual presentation of the project on the screen
Exercise 11 Rendered picture and the video of a vise
Exercise 12 Creating a presentation file
Exercise 13 Technical drawing of the assembly. List of parts and numbering
Exercise 14 Technical assembly drawing with exploded view
Exercise 15 2D drawings of parts. Break out, breaking and detail views
Exercise 16 Creating a new version of the vise based on the current version
Exercise 17 A taks to do yourself
Summary of Example No 1                         
EXAMPLE NO 2. LIBRARY OF COMPONENTS
Exercise 18 Supplementing the configuration of the project file
Exercise 19 Library component as a single part. Footer
Exercise 20 Library component as iPart. Handle
Exercise 21 Test of inserting library parts into the assembly
Summary of Example No 2    
EXAMPLE NO 3. PARAMETRIC GENERATOR
The initial conditions
Exercise 22 Create a project file and version generator assembly. Parameters
Exercise 23 Modeling of the sheet metal bottom of the case
Exercise 24 Modeling the cover of the metal case
Exercise 25 Modeling of the front plate
Exercise 26 Inserting handles and footers. Dimensions correction
Exercise 27 Creating an iLogic rule controlling the versions
Exercise 28 Creating a control form
Exercise 29 Creating 2D drawings for the version generator
Exercise 30 Generating of metal cases variants
Summary of Example No 3
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