Sunday, May 18, 2014

Autodesk Inventor Tutorial--‘Photo Frame→Design-1’ (with caption and audio narration)

Photo Frame (Design-1)_1

Photo Frame (Design-1)_2

Serial No. 206

Autodesk Inventor Tutorial--‘Photo Frame→Design-1’ (with caption and audio narration)

This video tutorial features the designing process of a Photo Frame with the aid of Autodesk Inventor's part and assembly modelling functionality. The highlight of the video is application of 'Copy Components’ feature that is quite a time saving utility available in the Assembly modeling environment.


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Transcription of Video

  1. Create a new Part file with an English template.
  2. Create a new sketch on the XY Plane.
  3. Create the base sketch of photo frame with the given dimensions and by utilizing line tool.
  4. The sketch is complete.
  5. Exit from the sketching environment.
  6. Activate the Extrude command from the marking menu.
  7. In the Extrude dialogue box, select ‘Symmetric’ option for the direction.
  8. Enter the value in the distance field and execute the command.
  9. Change the model colour to Flaked Reflective Beige.
  10. Pick the ‘Angle to Plane around Edge’ tool.
  11. Click the left vertical edge of the model and then select front face of the model.
  12. Enter the angle in the edit box.
  13. Click the green check mark to create a work plane for the new location.
  14. Create a new sketch on this plane.
  15. Use the Projected cut Edges tool to get the projected edges of the model.
  16. Finish the 2D Sketch.
  17. Activate the Extrude command to remove the side portion of the model.
  18. Close the visibility of this work plane.
  19. Apply the same type of cut feature on the opposite side of the model by using Mirror tool.
  20. Activate the Mirror tool and select Extrusion1 from browser bar.
  21. Select XY Plane of the model as a reference plane for the mirror.
  22. Click OK to create the mirror feature.
  23. Save the part file with its default name.
  24. Close the part file.
  25. Create a new Assembly file with an English template.
  26. Place the Part1 file by utilizing ‘Place Component’ tool.
  27. Save the assembly file with the name ‘Photo Frame (Design-1)’.
  28. Activate the ‘Copy Components’ tool.
  29. Copy Components dialogue box is displayed in the graphics window.
  30. Select the Part1 file in the graphics window.
  31. Blue double plus status button is selected by default.
  32. This button indicates; the newly generated component will be saved in a separate part file that will not be associative to the source part file.
  33. Click Next button.
  34. Uncheck the ‘Suffix’ option in the Naming Scheme section and apply it.
  35. Change the name of file Part2.
  36. Click OK to close the dialogue box.
  37. Edit the Part2 to resize the model.
  38. Unground the Part2 to apply the constraints.
  39. Rotate the Part2 by using Rotate Component tool.
  40. Apply Mate constrain between side faces of both parts.
  41. Apply another Mate constrain between two vertical edges of both parts.
  42. Apply Flush Mate between top faces of both parts.
  43. Check the interface between two parts.
  44. Activate the ‘Copy Components’ tool again.
  45. Activate the ‘Suffix’ option in the Naming Scheme section and apply it.
  46. Change the grounded position of the newly created copy of the Part 1.
  47. Rotate the component to properly position it for applying new mates.
  48. Apply the same set of mates as shown earlier.
  49. Now create a copy of Part 2 in the assembly and properly position it.
  50. Apply mates between the components to complete the model.