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Autodesk Inventor – How it is used?

By Kimberly Smith Subscribe to RSS | June 25th 2012 | Views:

Autodesk Inventor is 3D solid modeling software used for creation of 3D mechanical design models along with proper visualization and stimulation. Autodesk Inventor is far ahead and advanced in technology than 2D, 3D AutoCAD software of Autodesk. Autodesk Inventor can be directly compared with 3D mechanical softwares like Solid edge and Solid works.

Types of Engineering Design:

Autodesk Inventor is capable of creating following types of mechanical engineering design:

Assembly Design:

One can create 3D mechanical models of different types of complex assemblies in Autodesk Inventor. With the help of design accelerators we can easily check that each and every assembly perfectly fits or not. Thus by using Autodesk inventor we can obtain 3D assembly models with high accuracy and quality without interferences. One can also control, edit and manage the data obtained from large complex assembly drawing using various tools provided by Autodesk inventor. There are number of features available for assembly design which are as follows:

1. Frame Generator

2. Interference Analysis

3. Contact Detection

4. Content Centre Manager

5. Configuration of Assembly

6. Assembly snap tool Manager

Design of Plastic sub components or parts:

Inventor provides high flexibility to engineers by matching Inventor geometry with actual exterior models designed in any other industrial software. Thus by defining the external geometry of plastic product, mechanical engineers start incorporating the changes in the product quickly without any waste of time. Designing of plastic components in inventor provides following special features:

1. Surface Quality Analysis

2. Shape description

3. Fillets

4. Molded part definition

Metal Parts and Sheet Designing:

We can use Autodesk inventor for designing of sheet metal parts along with its 3D modeling of a prototype. Manufacturing details can also be added and thus an accurate 3D model of sheet folding can be created using inventor. Major features included in metal sheet design are:

1. Metal styles for sheets

2. Metal fasteners

3. Punch libraries

4. Metal sheet shapes

5. Metal sheet drawing

Cable Design:

Every electrical component design requires accurate cable design thus we can create 3D prototype model of cable paths and also can calculate cable lengths, void diameters etc. One of the special feature of Autodesk inventor for cable design is Automatic wire routing.

Molds Design:

One can easily create 3D models for design of injection plastic molds which are further used by plastic parts manufacturing industries. Thus quick and accurate creation of injection molds helps in increasing overall productivity.

Cad Transferability and Data Exchange Flexibility:

One can import and export dwg or dwf AutoCAD files easily using Autodesk inventor. Inventor can also exchange data accurately with software’s like Catia, AutoCAD, Pro E, Solid works etc. and thus provides high flexibility of data transferability. We can perform following operations easily for an imported AutoCAD file in inventor:

1. Opening CAD file

2. Saving DWG file

3. Import AutoCAD templates and hatch patterns

4. AutoCAD block browser with material properties

Autodesk Inventor Special Features:

1. High level of Rendering and Animation of models

2. High quality of visuality of materials

3. Advanced options for controlling shades, lighting as well as material properties

4. Flexibility in importing CAD files

Kimberly Smith - About Author:
Tesla Outsourcing is a CAD Specialist firm provides CAD Services includes Architectural Services, Structural, Mechanical Design Services and BIM Services at competitive rates across the globe.

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