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

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Top-Down Design

Inventor allows you to approach the creation of parts and assemblies in three basic ways. Figure 8.17 shows these three distinctive workflows for assembly design.

FIGURE 8.17: Design workflows

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The first of these methods is called top-down design. In the purest sense, top-down design is performed completely within the top-level assembly of a machine or device. Parts and subassemblies are created from within the uppermost assembly, as opposed to creating components outside the top-level assembly and then placing these components later. Using this approach, you can reference and project geometry from other parts within the assembly ...

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