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Mastering Autodesk® Inventor® 2012 and Autodesk® Inventor LT™ 2012 by Curtis Waguespack

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Understanding Functional Design

Part of creating a fully functioning 3D virtual prototype is using the functional-design tools. Functional design is an Autodesk term for a knowledge content tool that moves the user from creating geometrical descriptions (mere 3D modeling) to capturing knowledge. For instance, if you had the need to create a spring, what tools would you use? You could use the coil tool and develop a nice spring-shaped model. However, if the actual goal were to determine what size spring you needed for a particular set of load inputs, then you'd want to use the Compression Spring generator. You can use the functional-design tools to analyze the function (load of a spring) and solve the design problems (what size spring is required) ...

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