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

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Creating Split Features

Often when designing plastic parts, it is useful to create mating parts within the same file. To do this, you can use the Split tool to divide a single body into two mating bodies. You can also use the Split tool to split the surfaces on a solid so that they can be manipulated individually. To see how the Split tool is used, open the file named mi_19a_026.ipt in the Chapter 19 directory of the Mastering Inventor 2012 folder, and then follow these steps:

  1. Expand the Solid Bodies folder in the browser, and notice there is currently only a single solid listed in the folder. You will use the Split tool to divide this into two separate solids.
  2. On the Model tab's Modify panel, select the Split tool.
  3. For the Split tool selection, ...

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