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

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Geometric Modeling vs. Functional Design

In most industries, product requirements and design criteria drive the engineering process. As its name implies, functional design favors function over geometry. Rather than modeling geometry first and then hoping that the form satisfies all the design criteria, in the functional-design method the designer or engineer makes sure the product operates correctly given the design criteria prior to finalizing the product's shape. If functional design is done well, the geometry will be the result of the design process rather than the input to it.

This chapter will concentrate on the Design Accelerator tools that Inventor offers to mechanical and electrical engineers so they can concentrate on the product requirements ...

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