Sheet Metal AutoDesk Inventor Tutorials – getting started (part 2)
Sheet Metal AutoDesk Inventor Tutorials by Video-Tutorials.Net. THIS ARTICLE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION…. This article supplements our video training material on Sheet Metal. This is part 2 of the introduction. We had just created a part document in the imperial template for sheet metal, and ended up with a new active sketch. We were also going to talk about how to convert units to metric even though our part document was set up in imperial units.
So, there is a reason we have a sketch created automatically for us; we have chosen an option that creates a sketch upon new document creation. Let’s see where this is at by going to the Tools tab, then click Application Options.
Go to the Part tab of this dialog window. On Sketch on new part creation, sketch on x-y plane is selected. We can opt for none to have no sketch created automatically, or we can choose a different plane for the default sketch.
I’ll just close this window and get back to our sheet metal design…
Let’s see how to switch to the metric environment. Back to the Tools tab, then click Document Settings.
Go the Units tab of this dialog window. And here under units, select millimeters. Now our units are in millimeters, but they show translated into inches here:
But our grid is still in inches. Let’s go to the sketch tab. Under snap spacing, enter 1mm. and here under y, 1mm also. Change the grid display as well. 1 and 10 for the major snaps. Apply and close.
Sheet Metal AutoDesk Inventor Tutorials
Let’s create a line now. Dimension it. As you see, our units now display in millimeters.
And let’s finish the sketch by clicking Finish. As you see, even though we started with an imperial template, we can still work in millimeters. Now let’s go to the create new file command. Select a sheel metal template in millimeters. Then click OK. Now, let’s activate the Rectangle tool and drop a rectangle in the graphic area, placing dimensions of 25 millimeters by 20 millimeters. Click accept. And Finish.
Now we’ve left the sketch environment and we’ve returned to the Sheet Metal tab. But, let’s go to a different tab: 3D model. From the surface panel, select boundary patch. I’ll select my sketch in the graphic area and click OK.
This concludes our second article; we’ll see you back in a minute to conclude this series. Don’t forget, this course is eligible for our 20% “july” discount!
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