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3D Modeling for Mechanical Design Using Inventor

Learn approaches to parametric design and assembly creation that lead to better outcomes.
Software used in this course:
  • Inventor

Overview

Get prepared to solve real-world challenges by developing advanced skillsets in 3D modeling and the parametric CAD workflow. Build skills in assembly modeling, creating designs with mechanical motion, developing detailed technical drawing for production, and creating animations for presentations using Inventor.

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

  • Understand the parametric CAD workflow.
  • Identify interface aspects of Inventor.
  • Create frame assemblies.
  • Create designs with mechanical motion.
  • Manipulate appearances and physical materials.
  • Create a detailed drawing.
  • Create and output an animation.
    1

    Getting started

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    Course overview
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    Get the software
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    Course resources
    2

    Create a new project file

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    Lesson overview
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    Create a new project file
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    Modify Application Options and Document Settings
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    Review the changes to options and settings
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    Review and edit a part
    3

    Create the base frame for the bottle filling station

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    Lesson overview
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    Review the design criteria
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    Create the base frame skeleton
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    Create the base frame
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    Apply end treatments to the frame
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    Add the supports to the frame
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    Run a frame analysis
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    Add end caps to the frame
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    Add clearance holes to the frame
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    Add the base plate
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    Create holes for the cap screws
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    Place standard parts from Content Center
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    Create patterns of the cap screw assemblies
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    Challenge exercise
    4

    Model the reusable bottle and cap

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    Lesson overview
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    Create the sketch for the bottle
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    Create user parameters and finish the sketch
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    Revolve the sketch then shell the model
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    Model the top section of the bottle
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    Model the body of the bottle cap
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    Add grips to the outside of the bottle cap
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    Complete the bottle cap
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    Assemble the bottle and bottle cap
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    Challenge exercise
    5

    Model the bottle holder carousel parts

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    Lesson overview
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    Model the bottom plate of the carousel
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    Model the plate support for the carousel
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    Model the top plate for the carousel
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    Model the cam shaft

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    Lesson overview
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    Model the cam shaft
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    Add a keyway and groove to the cam shaft
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    Assemble the gearbox

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    Lesson overview
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    Create the gearbox assembly file
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    Place a gear in the assembly
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    Align the gears
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    Create a keyway groove in the gear
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    Place the cam shaft in the assembly
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    Complete the gear assembly
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    Challenge exercise
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    Assemble the gearbox, motors, and upper frame to the base frame

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    Lesson overview
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    Assemble the bearing ring and gearbox
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    Create a contact set
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    Assemble the bottle carousel
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    Modify the base plate and frame
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    Constrain the gearbox assembly to the frame
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    Create features to attach the gearbox and motor to the frame
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    Assemble the motors onto the frame
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    Complete the assembly of the gearboxes onto the frame
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    Place the upper frame in the assembly
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    Animate the doors in the bottle filling station assembly
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    Document the bottle filling station

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    Lesson overview
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    Document the bottle filling station
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    Create a drawing of the lower frame
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    Add a material list
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Practice exercise 3
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    Challenge exercise
    10

    Course challenge exercise

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    Course challenge
    11

    Final test

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    Start your final test