Learning Autodesk Inventor 2013

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SDC Publications, Jun 4, 2012 - Computers - 488 pages
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This book will teach you everything you need to know to start using Autodesk Inventor 2013 with easy to understand, step-by-step tutorials. This book features a simple robot design used as a project throughout the book. You will learn to model parts, create assemblies, run simulations and even create animations of your robot design. An unassembled version of the same robot used throughout the book can be bundled with the book.

No previous experience with Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) is needed since this book starts at an introductory level. The author begins by getting you familiar with the Inventor interface and its basic tools. You will start by learning to model simple robot parts and before long you will graduate to creating more complex parts and multi-view drawings.

Along the way you will learn the fundamentals of parametric modeling through the use of geometric constraints and relationships. You will also become familiar with many of Inventor's powerful tools and commands that enable you to easily construct complex features in your models. Also included is coverage of gears, gear trains and spur gear creation using Autodesk Inventor.

This book continues by examining the different mechanisms commonly used in walking robots. You will learn the basic types of planar four-bar linkages commonly used in mechanical designs and how to use the GeoGebra Dynamic Geometry software to simulate and analyze 2D linkages. Using the knowledge you gained about linkages and mechanism, you will learn how to modify your robot and change its behavior by modifying or creating new parts.

In the final chapter of this book you learn how to combine all the robot parts into assemblies and then run motion analysis. You will finish off your project by creating 3D animations of your robot in action.

There are many books that show you how to perform individual tasks with Autodesk Inventor, but this book takes you through an entire project and shows you the complete engineering process. By the end of this book you will have modeled and assembled nearly all the parts that make up the TAMIYA® Mechanical Tiger and can start building your own robot.

 

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Contents

The Content of an Inventor Project File 119
2-1
ApplyModify Constraints and Dimensions
2-11
Using the 3Point Arc Command
2-17
Viewing Tools Standard Toolbar
2-23
Adding an Extruded Feature
2-29
Adding Additional Features
2-37
Save the Model
2-43
Chapter 1
3-1
Autodesk Inventor Orthographic vs Perspective
5-13
Chapter 7
7-2
Create an Offset Work Plane 711
7-11
Create a 2D Sketch on Work Plane3 717
7-17
The Hex Shaft with Collar Part 729
7-33
The Inventor Spur Gear Generator 810
8-10
Create the G3Spur Gear Part 823
8-23
Inventor Content Center 841
8-41

Binary Tree
3-3
Add the Second Solid Feature
3-12
HistoryBased Part Modifications
3-18
Add another Hole Feature
3-24
Exercises
3-30
Parametric Constraints Fundamentals
4-1
OverConstraining and Driven Dimensions
4-10
Constraint and Sketch Settings
4-16
Parametric Relations
4-22
Modify the Profile
4-30
Add a Feature using Existing Geometry
4-36
The Boot Part
4-42
Chapter 5
5-1
Isometric Sketching
5-7
Chapter 10
10-1
Hide the Display of Objects 1014
10-14
Tracking the Path of a Point on the Coupler 1020
10-20
Chapter 11
11-1
Adding a Slider Control 1114
11-14
Using the Animate Option 1120
11-20
Chapter 12
12-1
Apply a Second MATE Constraint 1214
12-14
Use the Content Center and Assemble Two Screws 1227
12-27
Animation with the Inventor Drive Constraint Tool 1240
12-40
Assemble the LinkageRods 1253
12-53
Exercises
12-60
Index
12-73
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