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

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Modeling Preparations

Imagine that you've created the weldment assembly for a boxed container and want to add weld beads. Before adding the weld beads, the assembly needs weld preparations to create space for the weld bead to be placed. You can model a variety of preparation features to mill or remove material. Note that preparations are assembly features only, meaning that these features exist only in the assembly and not at the part level. Here are the most common preparation features:

  • Extrude
  • Revolve
  • Hole
  • Sweep
  • Chamfer
  • Move Face

Figure 10.5 shows the preparation environment and the relevant tools. To create the features in the previous list, you use the same set of steps that you used in part (Chapter 4) or assembly modeling (Chapter 8

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