Chapter 1. Inventor Design Philosophy

In this chapter, we will introduce the concept of design the "Inventor way," recognizing that many users of Autodesk Inventor are transitioning from the 2D world of AutoCAD or from one of the many other 3D modeling packages available today.

The change is not painful, provided you fully understand the concepts and workflows in creating efficient, accurate models and drawings.

In this chapter, you'll learn to:

  • Use the Ribbon bar in Autodesk Inventor

  • Utilize the Inventor Model browser

  • Understand the various file types used in Inventor

  • Understand basic principles of parametric design

  • Understand the differences between solid and surface modeling

  • Develop best practices for using Autodesk Inventor

Moving from the AutoCAD ...

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