Thursday, July 7, 2016

Autodesk Inventor Basic Tutorial || Surfaces

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This tutorial covers the basics of surface modelling concepts in ‘Autodesk Inventor’ and provides information about additional detailed learning resources.

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Transcription of Video

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This ‘Inventor Tutorial’ demonstrates how to utilize surface modelling capabilities of the software. Creating models with surfaces is convenient and the result of subsequent features to be created is easy to guess.

Many a time you will find, that the same type of work can be done with the help of solid modelling tools also, but surface modelling has its own importance and benefit.

In this example two closed sketch profiles are visible, that were drawn previously on two different ‘Work Planes’.

Now we will see how to use ‘Boundary Patch Tool’ along with ‘Surface Loft Tool’ to create closed surface bodies.

Later we will see how to join and convert the surface bodies into a solid body by using ‘Sculpt Tool’.

So let us start the tutorial.

Note:-

The video has a little caption assistance, but I have given sufficient amount of pause over the tool and their tip, so that they can be read easily. In addition this, annotations are also applied over important places…. so please focus on them to understand what is being done and how….

  1. From the Surface Panel activate Boundary Patch Tool.
  2. Create the two surfaces using the displayed closed sketch profiles.
  3. Expand this node in the ‘Browser Bar’, here we can see, the software indicates us, that we just created two surface bodies.
  4. Activate Loft tool and select the ‘Surface’ in the ‘Output type’ settings, so that we can generate another surface body.
  5. So now we have three surface bodies.
  6. Next activate Sculpt tool to combine all the three surface, as a result we will get a solid body.
  7. On a solid body, we can apply solid modelling features like Fillet, Shell etc., see how…
  8. Now activate ‘Half Section View’ to examine the finished component.
  9. Our model is complete, see how it would look like, after applying some setting related to lightning and colours which is called rendering.

To learn and practise more about Surface Modelling in Autodesk Inventor please visit the following YouTube Playlist which is updated time to time …..

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKWX3xUP3pPr3uAtDu_Hc70NZzq8RJkxh

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Some other links mentioned in the video….

Please visit the following link to know how sketches profiles were create….

https://youtu.be/Po8e8RHXt1I?t=1m5s

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Visit the following link to watch basic tutorial on Autodesk Inventor by us

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb-IhKRMYSERYpB48aY-sZ10fN6CfXIL4

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To watch detailed tutorials on the same software visit the following link

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL74BDF7431ED13443

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