Sunday, May 18, 2014

Autodesk Inventor Tutorial--‘Photo Frame→Design-2’ (with caption and audio narration)

Photo Frame (Design-2)_1

Photo Frame (Design-2)_2

Serial No. 207

Autodesk Inventor Tutorial--‘Photo Frame→Design-2’ (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. Start a new sketch over XY plane.
  3. Draw a sketch with the help of Line tool and apply the dimensions as displayed.
  4. Use constraints to position properly and fully constrain the sketch.
  5. The sketch is complete, hence finish it.
  6. Activate the Extrude command and set the direction arrow to ‘Symmetric’ option.
  7. Enter the Extrude length and execute the command.
  8. Change the colour of model as your wish, so that it can be seen clearly in the design window.
  9. Save the file with the name Part1.
  10. Create a Plane at an angle with respect to this edge.
  11. Start a new sketch over this Plane.
  12. Use Project Cut Edges command to convert the edges of the model as sketches.
  13. Exit the sketch and activate the Extrude command to remove the excess material from the model.
  14. Create the same type of cut on the other side of the model, by utilizing the Mirror Tool.
  15. Activate the Mirror Tool and select the Extrusion2 feature from the browser bar.
  16. Define the XY plane of the model as mirroring plane and execute the command.
  17. Save the file and close it.
  18. Create a new assembly file with an English template.
  19. Place the Part 1 in the assembly.
  20. Save the file with the name Photo Frame (Design-2).
  21. Activate the Copy components command and select the Part 1.
  22. Take a look on this button which is active this time, it means a copy of the component will be created that will not be associative to the source file.
  23. Click Next button.
  24. In the Copy Components: File Names dialogue box, remove the check mark from the ‘Suffix’ option and give the name of the new copied component manually.
  25. Edit the Part2 to resize the model.
  26. Return back to the assembly environment.
  27. Unground the Part2 to apply the constraints.
  28. Apply Mate constrain between side faces of these two parts.
  29. Apply Flush Mate between top faces of these two parts.
  30. Apply another Mate constrain between vertical edges of each two parts.
  31. Check the interface between two parts.
  32. Activate the ‘Copy Components’ tool once again.
  33. Activate the ‘Suffix’ option in the Naming Scheme section and apply it.
  34. Change the grounded position of the newly created copy of the Part 1.
  35. Rotate the component to position it properly for applying new mates.
  36. Apply the same set of mates as shown earlier.
  37. Now create a copy of Part2 in the assembly and position it properly.
  38. Apply mates between the components to complete the model.