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  • Paperback: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex (May 31 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118016823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118016824
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By R Morton on Dec 16 2012
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I was just starting with Inventor and this booked helped me through the initial learning curve and got me going in the right direct. Also it looks nice on the shelf beside all my other tech books :)
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Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012 - An Autodesk Certified Official Training Guide June 15 2011
By Paul Munford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Just feeling the weight of this book lets you know it's serious! `Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012' by Curtis Waguespack is a welcome update to the `Mastering Inventor' series published by Sybex.

Whether you are brand new to Inventor, an advanced user or a CAD instructor looking for material there is something here for you. Mastering Inventor takes you from the basic principles of 3D parametric design to advanced subjects such as Stress analysis and iLogic.

This comprehensive tome features tutorials on Inventors Design Accelerators (Bolted Connections, Frame Generator etc) Sheet Metal, Weldments, Plastic design and Routed systems. There are also tutorials on more mundane (but still important!) subjects such as Data Management and File Exchange.

If you are an intermediate user looking for that extra edge then there are some `must read' chapters in this Book for you on Assembly Modelling techniques, Functional Design and Large Assembly management.
Sybex have provided a full set of tutorial files to compliment this book. I recommend that you download and refer to them as the images in this book are black and white and rather sparse.

This book is large, heavy and comprehensive. There is an awful lot in this book that won't relate to Inventor LT. If you are stuck with learning Inventor LT you might find this book a bit overwhelming.

What this book is not...

The Mastering Inventor series of books are a great source of reference, but they are no substitute for classroom training. You may find a training session with your local College, AUGI chapter or Autodesk reseller to be a good way to start learning Autodesk Inventor.

Once you have the basics, this book could provide you with the continued support that you need to truly Master Autodesk Inventor 2012.

Disclosure: Curtis Waguespack provided me with a complimentary copy of Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012 to review for my Blog `The CAD Setter Out' - Paul Munford.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource Feb. 10 2012
By John Oehlschlager - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to say that this book, along with the three previous, is a great resource for Autodesk Inventor users. I have been in the industry for almost eight years of which five of those I was an Authorized Trainer of Autodesk products... and this book far exceeds the detail that Autodesk training manuals offer. Curtis has gone above and beyond with this release and I appreciate all the hard work he puts into his manuals.

One request Curtis... would you consider putting a "What's New" section in the book?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Solid Book, Mostly A Reference However Aug. 31 2011
By Paul Mosier - Published on Amazon.com
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Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012 is definitely exhaustive in its subjects within Autodesk 2012, but not necessarily in its true understanding of the program. Everything pertinent to 3D modeling is covered in the first half of the book, but surprisingly drawings aren't covered until chapter 12. A few very important notes if you plan to teach yourself this program: You absolutely have to have at least a basic understanding of modeling programs to begin with. Many of the fundamentals are glossed over assuming that you are either not new to Autodesk or have used another modeling program such as SolidWorks or Pro Engineer. This doesn't include AutoCAD. If you've only used AutoCAD before, this may be the wrong book to start with. Also, there is basically no mention of difference between Inventor and Inventor LT so the vast majority of this book probably doesn't apply to people without Inventor Professional.

What this book is used for is either a reference for current Autodesk users or as a training manual to take the Autodesk certification test. It is 1000 pages long so you'll not be reading every last word. The vast majority of the book centers on specific walkthrough examples from certain sections of the program such as sketching, basic modeling, sheet metal, assemblies and so on. One of the best pieces of advice Waguespack gives is the idea behind fully constraining sketches and creating complex parts and feature from basic shapes. He continues to show how to do this throughout the book. My main issue with the book is its inability to give you an intuitive feel for how to make something yourself. The walkthroughs are detailed and incredibly well written and are easy to follow. But there are no design exercises giving you the reigns to see how YOU would get from sketch to 3D model. It is more of a giant set of tutorials than anything resembling a textbook, which is fine if you aren't just teaching yourself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Stellar information April 22 2012
By Mark Otteson - Published on Amazon.com
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Great detail and explanation of Inventor 2012. Helps a lot in my new job as Manufacturing Engineer using Inventor on a daily basis. Nice to examples to work on. I have been an AutoCAD user for 20+ years. It has helped make the transition from Solidworks to Inventor 2012 Premium.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book March 1 2012
By Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book, I have learned alot reading it and doing the exercises. It explains why its better to do certain steps first, so as to make design changes easier in the future. Its a great book for the beginner up through the advanced user.

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