Autodesk Inventor | Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions

We take a look through the top 10 most frequently asked questions about Autodesk Inventor

autodesk Inventor1) What should you use Autodesk Inventor for?

Autodesk Inventor can be used for mechanical design, product simulation and tooling creation. Simulation and visualisation will help you evaluate the product before it is even built. Inventor is a dimension-driven CAD application that is used in engineering designs, visualisation, simulation and documentation.

2) What is the difference between Inventor and Inventor LT?

Inventor LT does not do assemblies. Most anything you can do with a single part in Inventor can also be done in Inventor LT. You can go back and forth between the two programs with the files but don’t install both on the same machine.

3) How long does it take to learn Autodesk Inventor?

Six months to get up to speed and twelve months to master it. Having said that, I’ve been using Inventor for six years+ and I’m still learning. So my tip is – keep an open mind and keep learning.

4) How do you use holes in Inventor?

  1. Click 3D Model tab  Modify panel  Hole .
  2. Choose the Placement method
  3. Specify placement options and select hole geometry
  4. If there are two or more solid bodies in the part file, click the Solids selector to choose the participating solid bodies.
  5. Specify the hole type and the appropriate diameters and depths
  6. Specify the Drill Point type
  7. Choose a Termination option
  8. Choose a thread method
  9. Specify thread settings
    Clearance Hole
    Tapped and Taper Tapped Holes
  10. (Optional) Select Extend Start to extend the start face of a hole to the first place where there is no intersection with the target body. Extend Start removes a fragment resulting from the creation of the hole. If the result is not desired, deselect Extend Start to undo the result.
  11. (Optional) Select Infer iMate to place an iMate automatically on a hole.
  12. Click OK.

5) How much is an Inventor license?

Inventor pricing is entirely dependent on whether it is a network license or part of a collection. There is no free version however it does offer a free trial. For more information contact your local Autodesk Reseller.

6) How do I get certified in Inventor?

Before you take the Certified User exam it is recommended that you complete a 3D design course. It is suggested that 50 hours of hands-on experience with Autodesk Inventor is also advised. Once competent many resellers offer Certification courses.

7) What’s new in Inventor 2021?

The latest release of Inventor is packed with user-requested updates and enhancements to help speed up your design workflows, reduce repetitive tasks and work the way you want.

Inventor AnyCAD for Revit

  • Maintain associative links between Revit and Inventor data with AnyCAD for seamless interoperability.

Drawing automation

  • Speed up drawing creation with updates to sheet formats and iLogic.

Frame Generator enhancements

  • Create and document structural members faster with improvements to the user interface and editing tools.

Part modelling improvements

  • Save time with part level enhancements for sheet metal, multi-body parts and 3D annotations.

Assembly modelling improvements

  • See enhancements with assemblies for tube and pipe, assembly structure and file naming.

Drawing creation improvements

  • Streamline your workflows with drawing-level enhancements and new commands.

Inventor experience

  • Declutter your workspace with new options in the property panel and experience the new dark theme.

Performance improvements

  • See the performance improvements in parts, assemblies and frame design.

8) Can I upgrade from AutoCAD to Autodesk Inventor?

Yes, AutoCAD users can upgrade their existing software to Autodesk Inventor software. With Autodesk Inventor you get the best of both worlds. 2D and 3D design tools in one package. By delivering enhanced
3D mechanical design productivity and preserving your company’s 2D engineering designs through native DWG compatibility. Therefore, you can easily integrate AutoCAD and 3D data into a single digital model to create a virtual representation of the final product. Inventor software helps you realise the benefits of Digital Prototyping by providing direct read and write of native DWG™ files with no risk of inaccurate translations.

9)  How do I purchase Autodesk Inventor software?

Autodesk Inventor is available from Autodesk Authorised Resellers. Contact them now

10) Where can I go for Autodesk Inventor Support?

The Autodesk Knowledge Network is always a great source of help and advice for anything technical related to Inventor, however, we at Quadra are always happy to support and advise you on your software and technical queries. Contact us now

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