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AUTODESK ® INVENTOR ® 2010

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Thom Tremblay

AUTODESK ® INVENTOR ® 2010 NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED Thom Tremblay

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would first and foremost like to thank my wife Nancy and our children: Chris,

Kyle, Logan, and Sydney for putting up with another book. Her support has

been invaluable.

I’d like to thank tech editor Dan Hunsucker for all his hard work, expertise, and

extraordinary ability to decipher what I was writing. Thanks to Willem Knibbe, David Clark, Pete Gaughan, Christine O’Connor, Tiffany Taylor, and the others whose names I don’t know but who worked very hard to try to make me look smart. I also want to extend my sincere thanks to Lynn Allen, Alan Jacobs, Joe Astroth, Denise Harvey, and all of the Autodesk family who supported and encouraged me during this effort.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

T hom Tremblay is a Subject Matter Expert on the Autodesk Strategic Universities team. He’s been work- ing with Inventor for 10 years and is an Inventor Certified Professional. He has used it to design every- thing from cabinets and castings to ships and video monitors. He has close ties to the Inventor

community; is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and training centers; and presents annually at

Autodesk University.

CONTENTS AT A GLANCE

 

Introduction

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CHAPTER

1

Finding Your Way in the Inventor Interface

1

CHAPTER

2

Building the Foundation of the Design

51

CHAPTER

3

Moving into the Assembly World

111

CHAPTER

4

Working with Solid Models and Weldments

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CHAPTER

5

Working with the Frame Generator

217

CHAPTER

6

Working with Purchased and Multipurpose Parts

257

CHAPTER

7

Functional Design Using Design Accelerators

309

CHAPTER

8

Creating Contoured and Plastic Parts

365

CHAPTER

9

Communicating Your Design

429

APPENDIX

A

Keyboard Shortcut Guide

485

APPENDIX

B

Import and Export File Formats

493

 

Index

497

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1

Introduction

Finding Your Way in the Inventor Interface

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Other Controls Opening a File

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The Browser

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Revisiting the Quick Access Tools

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Working in the Design Window

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View Tab

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Contents

 

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Creating a New Work Environment

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