Autodesk Inventor 2010: No Experience Required

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 25, 2011 - Computers - 528 pages

The only continuous, step-by-step tutorial on the essentials of this manufacturing software

If you want to get up and running quickly on the industry-leading 3D mechanical design software, Autodesk Inventor 2010: No Experience Required is your perfect resource. It quickly teaches the essential skills and demonstrates the software using a continuous, real-world tutorial project.

Once you understand the interface and how to use Inventor conventions, you'll begin actually designing and modeling a project from start to finish. Along the way, you'll learn the "why" behind each step.

  • Learn to use the interface and Inventor conventions
  • Understand sketching commands and best practices, then move into both regular and sheet metal specific part modeling
  • Understand how to join parts into assemblies to create a single, digital prototype of a box fan
  • Create and distribute accruate part and assembly drawings, learn about functional design concepts, and use Inventor's Design Accelerator features
  • Discover how to work with Inventor weldments and create, render, and distribute compelling visualizations of the final design using Inventor Studio
  • The companion website provides "before and after" tutorial files, enabling you to jump in at any point and compare your work with the author's results

Autodesk Inventor 2010: No Experience Required gives you all the instruction you need to begin using this powerful 3D mechanical design tool.


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Tremblay is not new to the Autodesk world, having written an excellent book Introducing Autodesk Inventor 2009 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2009 on the previous edition of Inventor. I am not new to the field, as I've consulted to various manufacturing and Engineering companies and Engineering Software companies of the past 30 years. However, I still have an eye for those coming up the ranks in the field and their issues.
While the title boldly states no experience required, it refers to Inventor Experience. If you do not have a mechanical design background or some similar design engineering background, the book will be well beyond the average person's ability to use Inventor effectively. This is not Visio flowcharting or PowerPoint on steroids. This is a serious engineering application.
Those ground rules understood, Thom jumps straight into how Inventor is laid out. If you expect a slow meander and the typical two or three chapters before you really get into hold onto your hat. You're not in Kansas anymore Dorothy. From the get go, the book gives you a firm grasp on how the User interface is laid out and proceeds to go through almost step by step with major design activities and features which are so rich in Inventor. By the end of the book you'll have a working knowledge of how to not only create a 3D model with multiple views correctly, you'll have an understanding of working with Purchased & Multipurpose Parts and of real importance today Assemblies.
If you're entering into the Mechanical Design Field or would like a refresher on using Inventor to its best advantage I would strongly recommend Autodesk Inventor 2010: No Experience Required



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Thom Tremblay is a mechanical design solutions specialist on the Autodesk Global Strategic Universities Education team, an Autodesk Inventor 2009 and 2010 Certified Professional, and an Autodesk Authorized Author. He's been working with Inventor for more than 10 years and has used Autodesk software to design everything from centrifugal compressors, cabinets, and castings to ships and video monitors. He has close ties to the Inventor community; is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and training centers; and presents at Autodesk University.

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