Sheet Metal AutoDesk Inventor Video Tutorials – Getting Started (part 1)
Sheet Metal AutoDesk Inventor Video Tutorials by Video-Tutorials.Net. This article supplements our video training material on Sheet Metal. Sheet Metal design is an extension of the part modeling environment; in this course I presume you undertand the material I covered in the Inventor fundamentals course on sketching, part design and assembly design. In sheet metal design, I prefer to work in the metric environment, so just bear with, you Americans & Brits! hee hee :)
If you haven’t yet created a project, now is a good time to do so. Click the Projects button on the Get Started tab.
I created a sheet metal project already (creatively entitling it SheetMetal) but if you don’t have one, click the New button at the bottom of the window.
Type of project? Single user project. Then click the Next button.
Here you specify the project name and presto, below appears the project file, as you named it. You also choose your project folder. If the folder doesn’t exist, Inventor will create a folder at whatever path you specify. Then, you’re ready to click Next.
On this last page of the Projects wizard, you assign libraries to your project. But, you don’t have to do this now–you can do it anytime, actually. So, I’ll just leave that for now and click Finish.
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Take a look again at the main projects window. In the top pane of the Projects window, our Sheet Metal project is marked with a check mark, meaning it’s the active project. In the panel below, many of its properties are listed, and we can also update these properties right from this window by right-clicking on each field, and then selecting the additional options from the contextual menu.
So, the first property displayed is Type. We opted for a single user project. We can change to Vault with a right click. Next property is the file path. Down below we have a number of options:number of back ups, for example. I’ll leave it at 1. To delete your project, just double click a different project in the top pane of the window. When your project is no longer active, you won’t see a check mark next to it, and then you’ll be able to delete it. Inventor doesn’t let you delete the active project.
So, that’s how we get started! For more info about how to set up a project, take a look at our Inventor Fundamentals course.
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Now that we’ve created a project, let’s create a new part document; just click New on the Get Started tab:
As I mentioned before, we’re going to work in the metric environment. But for now, let’s select the imperial sheet metal template. Inventor creates the part document and opens the sketch. Once gain there is a reason we have a sketch created automatically for us, and I’ll explain why this is, and how to work in metric even though we created an imperial template. We’ll see you back in part two of this tutorial.
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