Cert Prep for Autodesk Certified Professional: Inventor for Mechanical Design

Prove to potential employers that you’re up to the task by becoming an Autodesk Certified Professional. This online course from Autodesk prepares you by offering an overview of skills that match what is covered in the Autodesk Certified Professional: Inventor for Mechanical Design exam.

Advances in technology are changing the way we work, and the job skills demanded by industry. It’s essential for professionals to be able to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in order to be competitive and meet workforce standards. In this course, we’ll explore the professional skills defined for the Autodesk Inventor Certified Professional exam for mechanical design. Through a series of lessons, practice exercises, challenge assignments, and assessments, we’ll learn and apply the Autodesk Inventor skills covered in the exam to boost your confidence and technical skills in preparation for the exam. 

 

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

 

  • Recognize tools covered by the Autodesk Certified Professional exam.
  • Apply standard and advanced modeling tools of Inventor.
  • Create and manage assemblies.
  • Apply advanced sheet metal creation and detailing tools.

 

Practice exercises

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Exam objective domains

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Session 1 lesson objectives

Session 2 lesson objectives

Configuration and Administration

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  • Week 1 overview

    Core Functionality of Autodesk Inventor.

     
  • Configure project files

    • 1.1 a Describe characteristics of the library and workspace search paths

    • 1.1 b Define standards for templates, design data, content center

    • 1.1 c Define standards for materials and appearances

     
  • Configure document settings

    • 1.2 a Specify units for documents

    • 1.2 b Validate that part tolerance and precision are appropriate to units used

    • 1.2 c Change part tolerance (not parameter tolerance)

    • 1.2 d Define the bill of materials (BOM) state of components

     
  • Improve application options

    • 1.3 a Optimize Undo File size, Display, and Hardware for the hardware and job requirements

    • 1.3 b Specify the Undo File folder

     
  • Create and modify styles in documents

    • 1.4 a Create styles

    • 1.4 b Access and modify existing styles

     

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Standard Part Modeling

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  • Describe the characteristics of models that fulfill design intent

    • 3.1 a Use parameters

    • 3.1 b Create functions on parameters

    • 3.1 c Create models by using equations and/or units

    • 3.1 d Recognize when geometric constraints are preferable to dimensional constraints

    • 3.1 e Use driven dimensions

    • 3.1 f Define the benefits of Feature Reorder

     
  • Demonstrate the effective use of feature patterns on parts in assemblies

    • 3.2 a Describe when to use patterns

    • May include circle patterns, rectangle patterns, sketch-driven patterns, and mirror

    • 3.2 b Describe benefits and drawbacks of patterns

    • 3.2 c Describe the effects of using patterns

     
  • Identify advanced uses of work features

    • 3.3a Identify advanced uses of work features

    • May include the User coordinate system, workplanes, work points, work axes

     
  • Identify scenarios in which to use Direct Edit

    • 3.4 a Manipulate imported step files

    • 3.4 b Rescale parts

    • 3.4 c Create editable parameter names

     
  • Create and modify complex sketches

    • 3.5 a Use shared sketches to create or modify additional features

    • 3.5 b Create 2D sketches using the Project Cut Edges tool

    • 3.5 c Relax constraints

     
  • Analyze the implications of adaptive parts

    • 3.6 a Explain how adaptive parts impact the performance of assemblies

    • 3.6 b Explain how to apply states of adaptivity to assembly components

    • 3.6 c Describe the process of using projected geometry to create adaptive or nonadaptive part

     

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Advanced Part Modeling

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  • Create 3D sketches

    • 4.1 a Create 3D sketches from work features, sketches, surfaces

    • 4.1 b Use work geometry or work features to define 3D points

    • 4.1 c Create intersection curves, silhouette curves, or curves on faces

    • 4.1 d Constrain 3D sketches

    • 4.1 e Control vertices

     
  • Apply 3D features

    • 4.2 a Create a feature using Decal, Emboss, or Rib

    • 4.2 b Create a part derived from an existing part

     
  • Create and use multibody parts

    • 4.3 a Determine appropriate use of multi-body parts

    • 4.3 b Understand benefits and drawbacks of multi-body parts

    • 4.3 c Import objects as bodies from step files

    • 4.3 d Combine multi-body parts

    • 4.3 e Position multi-body parts

    • 4.3 f Make parts or components from bodies

     
  • Create and edit surfaces

    • 4.4 a Unwrap part faces

    • 4.4b Edit surfaces by using the Patch, Repair, Sculpt, Stitch, and Trim tools

     
  • Develop free-form models

    • 4.5 a Use free-form modeling to create solids

    • 4.5 b Use free-form modeling to create organic shapes

    • 4.5 c Convert geometry to free-form models

     
  • Apply topology optimization principles

    • 4.6 a Explain how the Shape Generator can improve design

    • 4.6 b Define loads, constraints, materials, boundaries, and keep outs

     

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Sheet Metal

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  • Week 2 overview

    Specialized tools, assemblies, and documentation.

     
  • Use the Sheet Metal environment to create features

    • 7.1 a Unfold sheet metal features

    • 7.1 b Refold sheet metal features

    • 7.1 c Bend sheet metal features

    • 7.1 d Create Corner Fillets

    • 7.1 e Define bend order, bend direction, bend notes, area, sheet metal extents, and bend table in drawings

     

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Assembly Modeling

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  • Modify the Bill of Materials in the BOM Editor

    • 5.1 a Modify the bill of materials (BOM) structure

    • 5.1 b Control item number assignment

     
  • Import, link, and export files or point clouds

    • 5.2 a Import, link, and translate files into Inventor

    • 5.2 b Export Inventor files

    • 5.2 c Import point clouds

    • 5.2 d Describe the point cloud import process

    May include knowing what point cloud file types can be imported into Inventor and how to manipulate a point cloud when attaching it.

     
  • Describe and use Shrinkwrap

    • 5.3 a Describe the purpose of Shrinkwrap

    • 5.3 b Given a scenario, identify the correct Shrinkwrap style

     
  • Optimize component relationships in an assembly

    • 5.4 Optimize component relationships in an assembly

    May include rigid joints, rotational joints, angle constraints, flush constraints, insert constraints, mate constraints, motion constraints and constraint sets.

     
  • Create and manage representations

    • 5.5 a Create and manage levels of detail (LODs), Design views, and positional representations

    • 5.5 b Filter parts list content by creating Design views

     
  • Restructure components and views in the browser

    • 5.6 a Demote components to create subassemblies

    • 5.6 b Promote components of subassemblies

    • 5.6 c Filter components within assembly folders

     
  • Understand the key workflows for large assembly management

    • 5.7 a Access and use selection filters

    • 5.7 b Utilize Express Mode to open large assemblies

    • 5.7 c Understand specific modeling techniques that affect performance

     

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Weldments

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  • Create models and deliverables in the Weldment environment

    • 8.1 a Create models

    May include weld prep, welds, and machining.

    • 8.1 b Create deliverabless

    May include assembled, preweld conditions, welding, and post-weld machining.

     

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Deliverables

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  • Use breakout and overlay views, and GD&T to create 2D documentation

    • 6.1 a Use Breakout view to communicate drawing detail

    • 6.1 b Use Overlay view

    • 6.1 c Annotate drawings to communicate geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)

    May include knowing what to you need to create different views.

     
  • Generate files and views for collaboration and digital fabrication

    • 6.2 a Create, validate, and annotate 3D PDFs, A360, DWG files, and files for 3D printing

    • 6.2 b Share views of components and project files

     

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Design Automation Techniques

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  • Simplify workflow by using iParts, iFeatures, iMates, and iAssemblies

    • 2.1 a Describe the prerequisites for creating iParts, iFeatures, iMates, and iAssemblies.

    May include knowing whether a part can be table driven.

    • 2.1 b Explain the workflow to create an iPart, iFeature, iMate, or iAssembly

    • 2.1 c Convert iFeatures to table-driven iFeatures

    • 2.1 d Assign keys, part numbers, member names, materials, and appearance

    • 2.1 e Manipulate the iPart, iFeature, or iAssembly table

    • 2.1 f Suppress features in an iPart

    • 2.1 g Exclude components in an iAssembly

    May include identifying the workflow to convert a custom feature to an iFeature; creating a new row in an iAssembly table; and identifying the differences between factory scope and member scope.

    • 2.1 h Constrain components using iMates

    • 2.1 I Combine multiple iMates into a group

     
  • Use Frame Generator to create and edit frames

    • 2.2 a Set up assemblies and reference models to support frame generation

    • 2.2b Describe the purposes of the Insert, Lengthen, Miter, Notch, and Reuse tools

     
  • Describe the benefits of using Design Accelerators to create bolted connections

    • 2.3 Describe the benefits of using Design Accelerators to create bolted connections

    May include determining if bolted connections modify the part they attach to; and whether you can pattern bolted connections on parts created from iParts.

     

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Challenge assignment

Learn from peers and leaders in your industry. Solve your design and engineering challenges, and help your team increase efficiency, reach new markets, and win more business. 

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