Autodesk Inventor, Assembly techniques for woodworkers: The ‘Top Down’ or ‘In Place’ modelling technique.
This post follows on from my previous post on ‘Assembly Techniques for Woodworkers’.
I have written this tutorial to demonstrate the Top Down or In Place modelling technique. To help help woodworkers visualize this technique, I have based it on a familiar item in any workshop – a shooting board.
This tutorial will show you how to create a simple assembly model with Autodesk Inventor, using the ‘In place’ modelling technique.
Using the in place technique, we will start with an assembly file and then build each part inside the assembly. This tutorial also demonstrates how to use ‘Adaptive’ parts to control the size of an assembly model from one base part.
This article is aimed at novice users. However I am assuming that you are familiar with the concepts of parametric modelling, and that you’ve had some time to explore the Inventor user interface.
In this tutorial we will use the following workflow:
· Create an Assembly
· Create a new Part ‘In place’
· Add parameters
· Create a sketch
· Constrain the sketch
· Add a sketch based feature (an extrusion)
· Change the look of a part
· Create the next part
· Link the parts together to create an adaptive Assembly
Bonus – you can now watch these tutorials on Video as part of Autodesk University Virtual 2012 (may require a free login). Here’s the link: