Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2012 and Autodesk Inventor LT 2012 Paperback – May 31 2011
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From the Back Cover
From Concepts to Prototypes to Proven Designs
This Autodesk Official Training Guide is your best resource for learning how to create, document, and verify your designs using Autodesk's powerful Inventor 2012 software. Updated for Inventor 2012, this complete reference and tutorial covers all the new features in Inventor Professional, Inventor, and Inventor LT. It also covers topics rarely documented elsewhere, such as configuring designs with iLogic, working with large assemblies, using 2D and 3D data from other CAD systems, and more. Written by an Inventor expert with years of experience using and teaching Inventor, this book is packed with tips and tactics that will help you work productively, maintain best practices, and improve your designs. This detailed reference will also help you prepare for the Inventor certification exams.
Setting up and configuring Inventor project files
Exploring basic modeling tools in depth
Adding parametric intelligence to sketches and models
Setting up title blocks and working with styles and standards
Mastering sheet metal design techniques
Designing and detailing weldments and frames
Exploring less well-known strategies for large assemblies
Producing rapid designs, regardless of original CAD system or features
Working with Tube & Pipe and Cable & Harness design tools
Conducting dynamic simulation and stress analysis
Working with Plastics design features and Inventor tooling for mold design
Automating designs with iLogic, an easy way to capture and reuse your work
Master Autodesk Inventor 2012, Inventor LT 2012, and Inventor Professional 2012
Learn Inventor Tools with Quick and Easy Reference Examples
Explore Advanced Design for Parts, Assemblies, Weldments, and Plastics
Standardize and Automate Your Design Processes with iLogic
Prepare for the Inventor 2012 Certified Associate or Certified Professional Exams
About the Author
Curtis Waguespack is an Inventor Certified Expert and an Autodesk Manufacturing Implementation Certified Expert who has trained, consulted, and supported manufacturing and design firms in industries ranging from aerospace to consumer products to industrial machinery. Curtis uses Inventor daily in a real-world design environment, where he works on new designs and maintains existing design documentation in stride. Using Inventor to design and properly document construction equipment, industrial machinery, food service equipment, and electronic devices has given him a broad and deep understanding of how Inventor is used in real-world environments across different industries.
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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.
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.
One request Curtis... would you consider putting a "What's New" section in the book?