Inventor: Advanced Part Modeling

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About this Course

Autodesk Inventor 2014 Advanced Part Modeling is the second in a series of training guides on the Autodesk Inventor software that is published by ASCENT. The goal of this guide is to build on the skills acquired in the Autodesk Inventor Introduction to Solid Modeling training guide by taking students to a higher level of productivity when designing part models in Inventor.

In this training guide, we consider various approaches to part design and emphasize useful strategies. Specific advanced part modeling techniques covered include multi-body design, advanced lofts, advanced sweeps, coils, and surface modeling. Additional material aimed at increasing efficiency is also included: iFeatures for frequently needed design elements, iParts for similar designs, translation options for importing data, and the Engineer’s Notebook for communication. The guide also covers some miscellaneous drawing tools such as custom sketches symbols, working with title blocks and borders, and documenting iParts. With an understanding of these tools, students can begin to streamline the design and documentation process.

Course Context

During this course, students will:

  • Advanced model appearance options
  • Multi-body part modeling
  • 2D and 3D sketching techniques
  • Advanced geometry creation tools (work features, area lofts, sweeps, and coils)
  • Analysis tools
  • Creating and editing basic surfaces
  • Importing surfaces and surface repair tools
  • Using iFeatures and iParts to work efficiently with part models
  • Importing and exporting data
  • Emboss and Decal features
  • Advanced Drawing tools (tables for iParts, surfaces in drawing views, and custom sketched symbols)
  • Adding notes with the Engineer’s Notebook


The material assumes a mastery of Autodesk Inventor basics as taught in Autodesk Inventor Introduction to Solid Modeling. Students should know how to create and edit parts, use work features, and create and annotate drawing views, etc.

Course Outline

Chapter 1 Tips & Tools

  • 1.1 Design Philosophies
  • 1.2 Sketching Tips
  • 1.3 Display Options
  • 1.4 Appearances

Chapter 2 Multi-Body Part Modeling

  • 2.1 Multi-Body Part Modeling

Chapter 3 Sketching Tools

  • 3.1 Splines
  • 3.2 3D Sketches

Chapter 4 Advanced Work Features

  • 4.1 Grounded Work Points
  • 4.2 User Coordinate Systems

Chapter 5 Advanced Lofts, Sweeps, and Coils

  • 5.1 Area Lofts
  • 5.2 Advanced Loft Options
  • 5.3 Advanced Sweeps
  • 5.4 Coils

Chapter 6 Analyzing a Model

  • 6.1 Analysis Types
  • 6.2 Analysis Procedures

Chapter 7 Introduction to Surfacing

  • 7.1 Introduction to Surfaces
  • 7.2 Basic Surfaces
  • 7.3 Patch Surfaces
  • 7.4 Stitch Surfaces
  • 7.5 Sculpting with Surfaces
  • 7.6 Thickening & Offsetting a Surface
  • 7.7 Surfaces in Drawing Views

Chapter 8 Additional Surfacing Options

  • 8.1 Extend and Trim Surfaces
  • 8.2 Replace Face with a Surface
  • 8.3 Delete Faces
  • 8.4 Copy Surfaces

Chapter 9 Importing Surfaces

  • 9.1 Importing Surfaces
  • 9.2 Repairing Imported Surfaces
  • 9.3 Construction Environment (Optional)

Chapter 10 Copying Between Parts (iFeatures)

  • 10.1 Creating iFeatures
  • 10.2 Inserting iFeatures
  • 10.3 iFeatures vs. Copy Feature
  • 10.4 Table-Driven iFeatures
  • 10.5 Editing iFeatures

Chapter 11 iParts

  • 11.1 iPart Creation
  • 11.2 iPart Placement
  • 11.3 Editing an iPart Factory
  • 11.4 Creating iFeatures from a Table-Driven iPart
  • 11.5 Tables for Factory Members

Chapter 12 Translation

  • 12.1 Import and Export Data
  • 12.2 Importing Data Formats
  • 12.3 Attaching Point Cloud Data
  • 12.4 Importing Solids