Chapter 3

Learning the Essentials of Part Modeling

Part modeling is typically the primary focus when beginning to learn Autodesk Inventor 2013. The tools involved are the ones you will spend a majority of your time using, but they are pretty straightforward.

In this chapter, you will look at the most commonly used tools and understand how to construct one of the most challenging things you can do with Inventor, the parametric sketch. It is challenging because, unlike most features, there aren’t many limitations. You will have to use your judgment about what to include and exclude from the sketch. As you gain experience with your designs, this will become second nature.

Here is the process of beginning a new part, in shorthand: create a sketch ...

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