Chapter 7. Functional Design Using Design Accelerators

  • Selecting bearings based on needs

  • Designing shafts

  • Creating V-belts

  • Editing components created by design accelerators

  • Modifying sheet metal parts

Design Accelerators

The design accelerators exist for one reason: design. As powerful as Inventor is, most of what you've been doing to this point is modeling, and any 3D system should be able to model parts. Design is a different issue. Design means using engineering calculations to determine the correct component for the job rather than hoping you have it right.

The geometry of a part is the solution, not the question; so although tools like finite element analysis are still the best solution for creating custom parts, using time-tested data to find which ...

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