If you’re an Inventor software user interested in learning how to automate your design process using the Inventor software API (application programming interface), this class is designed specifically for you. The class will act as a guide, giving those with no programming or automation experience a road map to success for working with the Inventor software API. For simplicity, this class will focus on programming with the Inventor software API directly in the iLogic interface, and we will identify the resources available for new users to develop their programming skills. The course will provide students with the tools to learn, including how to program in VB.NET, how to use the API and API Help, where to find sample programs, how to debug API programs within the iLogic interface, and where to seek individual help. The course will give students the information and confidence they need to develop the skills necessary to quickly begin programming their own Inventor software customizations. This session features Inventor Professional and Inventor Professional.
Inventor Users, interested in learning to use the Inventor API, who desire taking the automation of their models beyond the limited capabilities of iLogic.
Nathan Bowser is a mechanical designer for MESA, Inc. (an Autodesk Silver Partner and an Autodesk Authorized Training Center). He is an Inventor Certified Professional with 2 years of experience training students in Inventor software’s Sheet Metal feature and iLogic functionality. Bowser’s industry experience comes from over 3 years of service in the manufacturing sector. Bowser has been using Inventor software since 2011, and he works hands on with the software every day as a mechanical designer, designing and drafting. Bowser has been using iLogic and the Inventor API since Inventor 2011 software, and has been consulting with customers in their use of these automation techniques for 3 years. Bowser has presented Inventor software and Inventor automation-related topics at Western Pennsylvania Inventor User Group Meetings, Northeast Ohio Inventor User Group Meetings, MESA U, and other MESA-sponsored events.
This class will touch on the engineering/design practice of tolerancing parts/drawings using Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T). The practice has been used in the manufacturing industry for generations, but people tend to shy away from it due to the confusion and rumors that surround it. This class will discuss what GD&T really is and how it can greatly help in making your designs more accurate-and, in turn, save on production waste by way of rejection of far fewer parts that are actually within tolerance.
3D car modeling is quite a complex process and difficult to learn. This class will be a great opportunity for you to study the theory of 3D car modeling technique from Giichi Endo, a real car designer from Nichinan Corporation. Through this class, you'll be able to see and learn secret sculpt modeling techniques that Giichi has developed throughout his carrier. Giichi is a former Nissan car design director and his sculpt modeling technique is quite superb. He has more than 4 years of experience in sculpt modeling, plus more than 20 years of experience in Alias software.
This class will be a beginner's guide to using the Inventor software Styles Editor. Styles Editor is like your one-stop shop for controlling the way things appear in your Inventor Parts, Assemblies, and Drawings. We'll discuss text styles and dimensions to lighting and scenes, and everything in between. The Styles Editor gives you great "out of the box" functionality, and the ability to create your own unique styles. A basic understanding of this tool can greatly improve your modeling and drawing productivity.
In this instructional demo, we'll design frames in an Inventor assembly environment. We'll perform calculations related to frame designing. We'll then apply the fasteners in assembly as required. We'll insert the power transmission components and springs in the frame. Finally, we'll perform frame analysis to test the frame strength. We'll take an example of a real-world model and help you understand how the products are developed from 0-100%.
Adding intelligence to your Inventor software designs is necessary when trying to speed up your design workflows. Inventor models don't have to be passive; they can have "intellect." Ask yourself these questions: Why should you always redo all the work every time you create a similar model? Do you find that you're creating similar models with only slight differences in size or configuration? Do you wish you could make your parts change when your layout changes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this class is for you. We'll explore 4 different techniques to make your models work harder for you, covering the power of user parameters and functions, adaptive design, simplification, and iLogic. We'll learn how to use and apply these techniques to generate intelligent designs, improving the efficiency of design workflows.
Do you think your products are too simple or too old for simulation? Do you think simulation is expensive? Do you think simulation is difficult to learn? Do you think simulation is only for predicting failure? If you agree with any of these, then this class is for you. In this class, you'll see how far simulation technology has advanced and been made accessible to engineers and designers like yourself. As a result, more and more companies are adopting simulation early in the design process to help engineers and designers make better-informed decisions earlier. You will also learn how other companies have successfully used upfront simulation in their workplaces. This session will cover workflows, including some guidance and tips, of Inventor Simulation software and Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software, both of which work inside the familiar interface of Inventor software. This class is a must if you want to reduce your stress levels (and maybe blood pressure).
This popular class returns with an updated look at the essential skills needed to model motion in Inventor software. The class will run through Inventor software's assembly tools to simulate constrained motion between parts and assemblies. First, we'll look at constraints and joints and how each can be used to control motion. From there, we'll look at some of the more advanced types of constraints, including motion and transitional constraints that are often used to model threaded parts, gears, slotted components, or cam followers. Finally, we'll put it all together and use the contact solver and drive tool to visualize a system's moving components. Take this class for a starting look at Inventor software's fundamental tools for modeling dynamic moving assemblies.
Come and discover what the Inventor Product Development Team is working on for future releases of Inventor software and related offerings to help you in the future of making things. This session will feature Inventor Professional software.
Reality capture techniques are becoming commonplace in many aspects of design. The factory layout process is no different. From the clean up and orientation of the point cloud to the possibility of using point clouds as factory assets, when it comes to utilizing point clouds with Factory Design Suite software, there is a lot to consider. Join us in this class as we focus on the various techniques and workflows for capitalizing on point clouds captures in the factory layout process. This session features the Factory Design Utilities, Autodesk Inventor, and ReCap.
To obtain better simulation results, a systematic and powerful mesh is key. While some finite element analysis (FEA) software products have advanced meshing tools to help obtain a superior analytical model, applying these tools can be complicated. Using the guidelines and tricks taught in this session upfront, during your CAD modeling for simulation with Autodesk software, you can develop a better mesh more efficiently and obtain accurate and precise results. This class will explain first how to recognize mesh qualities, then how to use CAD modeling techniques to obtain a refined mesh more efficiently, saving time and money in your analysis efforts.
Standards! You need standards! Every company needs structure. But what about 3D standards? If you're using Inventor software, AutoCAD Mechanical design software, AutoCAD Electrical software, AutoCAD P&ID software, and/or Vault data management software, standards are a must. Inventor has the intelligence of 3D modeling, assembling, and drawing creation-come and see what we can standardize and incorporate to make the design modeling and assembly creations consistent. It's not just about 2D layers and dimension styles with a drawing, it's about iProperties, intelligence (iLogic), libraries, bills of material (BOM), analytical data, and much more. Inventor 3D design tools are incredible and can be structured so that you're not continually duplicating the same task over and over again, and so that the information instilled in the design(s) is captured properly. Structure repetitive steps with iLogic, maintain the digital BOM, format the parts list, and systematically build standards in a database library. Understand how to incorporate data management into a project's workflow. 3D standards will reach not just into the Inventor modeling world, but further into the intelligence that must stream throughout the lifecycle of a project. See how to capture all 3D CAD standards, and be able to consistently sustain them from release to release, from user to user within your company. See examples of people and companies that didn't have 3D standards and then built those standards into their design workflows. Standards-2D or 3D-are an ongoing sustaining process that can and will benefit all aspects of the design processes. There are challenges in starting the standards, because everyone wants what they feel is correct; therefore, it is good practice to form a CAD committee. The CAD committee is a structures entity and can agree on the proper pieces of standards to incorporate.
In this class, you'll learn how to quickly troubleshoot Vault data management software and minimize downtime. Learn troubleshooting techniques targeted to the Vault environment that will help Vault administrators resolve the most common Vault issues. Based on real-world product-support experience, these practices and techniques will empower Vault administrators to optimize and successfully maintain the Vault ecosystem.