By Jennifer MacMillan
In my previous post I discussed the changes in ASCENT’s Introduction and Update training guides. In this post I am going to focus on the advanced training guides that are now also available: Autodesk Inventor 2015 Advanced Part Modeling, Autodesk Inventor 2015 Advanced Assembly Modeling, and Autodesk Inventor 2015 Sheet Metal Design. Here goes…
Autodesk Inventor 2015 Advanced Part Modeling
This training guide contains both functionality changes and some new material that was updated to help improve the training guide. The following summarizes the changes:
- Chapter 1 discusses the new workflow for controlling inference and persistence in a sketch.
- Practice 5b has been replaced with a new practice for teaching the various advanced sweep options. This new practice has users model a hairdryer to better visually understand the Path & Guide Rail and Path & Guide Surface sweeps.
- In Chapter 9, the Construction Environment material that was previously identified as Optional has been removed as the tool is no longer available.
- The new Direct Edit tool is discussed in Chapter 12. All of the features in this tool are discussed and a new practice is included for students to practice. The content on Point Clouds in this chapter has also been updated to reflect changes to the workflow using the Autodesk ReCap software.
- An Appendix was added that discusses the new FreeForm tool. Both lecture material and practices are included to support learning this new functionality.
Autodesk Inventor 2015 Advanced Assembly Modeling
There is only one substantial change that affects this training guide for 2015. Chapter 15 has been updated to include the new changes to the Frame Generator. It now enables you to reuse members that have already been inserted and to edit the orientation of any reused members, if needed. All of the content has been updated and the practice has been rewritten to reuse members that were previously the same.
Autodesk Inventor 2015 Sheet Metal Design
A number of enhancements were made to the Sheet Metal environment with the release of the 2015 version of the software. Almost of all them were applicable for discussion in our Autodesk Inventor 2015 Sheet Metal Design training guide. The following specifics are Included:
- In Chapter 7 the new Cut Normal option that customizes how a cut is extruded over bent geometry is discussed and a new practice has been included.
- Also in Chapter 7, the new Punch enhancements are covered. These include the Across Bend option that customizes how punches are applied over bent geometry and how to drag a selection box to efficiently place punches in a model.
- The new A-Side definition node for Flat Patterns is discussed in Chapter 9. It adds a reference for flattening in the Model browser. All of the practices relating to Flat Patterns have been updated to reflect this new tool. This chapter also discusses the new Rotation option that can be used when orienting a Flat Pattern.
- For users that import and unfold/refold sheet metal geometry from other CAD packages that support zero bend radius, this is now supported in the Autodesk Inventor 2015 software. A description and images are included in Chapter 11.
- All of the power points that are available with this course have been updated to reflect all of these changes.
In all of these training guides, Interface changes that affected the use of the software were also updated. For example, the new My Home tab to start files and automatic projection being toggled off was updated throughout the training guides. Additionally, clarifications and corrections were made where necessary.
I hope that these last posts from me have helped you to prepare to teach any upcoming Inventor classes. I will be working on the Autodesk Navisworks and Plant Design training guides next (and taking a little summer vacation). Will keep you posted on changes to these books!