Book Review: Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012 By Curtis Waguespack
Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012
An Autodesk Certified Official Training Guide
By Curtis Waguespack
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Just feeling the weight of this book lets you know it’s serious! ‘Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012’ by Curtis Waguespack is a welcome update to the ‘Mastering Inventor’ series published by Sybex.
Whether you are brand new to Inventor, an advanced user or a CAD instructor looking for material there is something here for you. Mastering Inventor takes you from the basic principles of 3D parametric design to advanced subjects such as Stress analysis and iLogic.
This comprehensive tome features tutorials on Inventor’s Design Accelerators (Bolted Connections, Frame Generator etc) Sheet Metal, Weldments, Plastic design and Routed systems. There are also tutorials on more mundane (but still important!) subjects such as Data Management and File Exchange.
If you are an intermediate user looking for that extra edge then there are some ‘must read’ chapters in this Book for you on Assembly Modelling techniques, Functional Design and Large Assembly management.
Sybex have provided a full set of tutorial files to compliment this book. I recommend that you download and refer to the tutorial files as you go along because the images in this book are black and white and rather sparse.
This book is large, heavy and comprehensive. There is an awful lot in this book that won’t relate to Inventor LT. If you are stuck with learning Inventor LT you might find this book a bit overwhelming.
What this book is not…
The Mastering Autodesk Inventor series of books are a great source of reference, but they are no substitute for classroom training. You may find a training session with your local College, AUGI chapter or Autodesk reseller to be a good way to start learning Autodesk Inventor.
Once you have the basics, ‘Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012’ could provide you with the continued support that you need to truly Master Autodesk Inventor 2012.
About the Author
Curtis Waguespack is an Inventor Certified Expert and an Autodesk Manufacturing Implementation Certified Expert who has trained, consulted, and supported manufacturing and design firms in industries ranging from aerospace to consumer products to industrial machinery.
Curtis uses Inventor daily in a real-world design environment, where he works on new designs and maintains existing design documentation in stride.
Using Inventor to design and properly document construction equipment, industrial machinery, food service equipment, and electronic devices has given him a broad and deep understanding of how Inventor is used in real-world environments across different industries.
You can read more from Curtis Waguespack (and pick up some excellent iLogic programming tips on the way) at http://inventortrenches.blogspot.com/
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Disclosure: Curtis Waguespack provided me with a complimentary copy of Mastering Inventor 2012 to read for this. review. Would you like to have it?
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