Autodesk Inventor 7: Basics Through Advanced

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Autodesk InventorA (R) 7: Basics Through Advanced fully demonstrates the powerful abilities of the Autodesk Inventor software program. This text is written in a clear and concise manner, focusing on the highest professional standards. Building on your basic understanding of CADD and mechanical drafting, this text introduces you to solid modeling and the tools and interface components used in Autodesk Inventor to complete fully parametric 3-dimensional parts, assemblies and presentations and 2-dimensional drawings. The chapters are arranged in an easy-to-understand format, beginning with basic topics and working toward advanced subjects. Each chapter contains a variety of learning tools that simulate real-world activities and mechanical drafting material as closely as possible. Some outstanding features of the book include: *Learning Goals at the beginning of each chapter help you identify the main points of the chapter. *Figures, which accompany the discussion of every topic, clearly demonstrate commands, tools, techniques, and content. *Field Notes provide a variety of professional shortcuts, advanced applications, and additional instruction.* Chapter Exercises are an important initial "hands-on" activity. Chapter exercises allow you to practice what you learn and build confidence using Autodesk Inventor. *Chapter Tests can be used to test knowledge or as a comprehensive review of chapter content, which is an excellent way to reinforce what has been covered in the text. *Chapter Projects provide basic through advanced activities that pull exercise concepts together and build upon material learned in previous chapters.

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Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor® is a high-performance 3D mechanical design software program with 21) drawing production capabilities. Specifically built to overcome the limitations of traditional parametric-only systems, Autodesk Inventor represents a new approach to 3D mechanical design and is the most advanced software in the midprice market.

Autodesk Inventor® 7, the latest release of Autodesk's 3D mechanical design software, offers improved design solutions in three key areas including:

  • Drawing and Productivity—More than 200 new and improved features help you build drawings more quickly and easily than ever before.
  • Industry-Specific Tools—Autodesk Inventor provides industry-specific tools for the electromechanical and industrial machinery markets such as routing and weldments, giving you a powerful and flexible way to create and document your entire design using your preferred work flow.
  • Innovative Shape Description—New innovative shape description tools driven by the Autodesk ShapeManager kernel, a purpose-built dedicated design kernel for Autodesk Inventor and other Autodesk design products, let you seamlessly mix solids and surfaces to create stylized, complex, and sculpted parts.

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Autodesk Inventor® 7: Basics Through Advanced is a text and workbook that provides complete coverage of Autodesk Inventor®. This text is designed to introduce you to solid modeling objects and the tools and commands used in Autodesk Inventor to complete fully parametric three-dimensional parts, assemblies, and presentations, and two-dimensional drawings. The chapters are arranged in an easy-to-understand format and begin with basic topics, working toward advanced subjects. To use this text, you should have a basic understanding of computer-aided and mechanical drafting. This text provides a detailed explanation of the Autodesk Inventor tools that aid in producing professional and accurate solid models and drawings. This text is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to use Autodesk Inventor effectively to create real-world parametric models and two-dimensional drawings. The text can be used in secondary, postsecondary, and technical schools. It provides the beginning student and the drafting or engineering professional with a complete understanding of every Autodesk Inventor command using professional methods and techniques. All software commands and tools are presented in a manner that explains each option with examples of the exact input you can use. This text also contains a variety of valuable features that help make learning Autodesk Inventor easy for you:

  • It is easy to read, use, and understand.
  • Learning Goals are provided at the beginning of each chapter to identify what you will learn as a result of completing the chapter.
  • Commands and tools are presented in a manner that shows every access technique, application, and dialog box, with the exact input you can use.
  • Field Notes explain special applications, tricks, and professional tips for using Autodesk Inventor.
  • Exercises are provided throughout most chapters for you to practice as you learn Autodesk Inventor.
  • Projects allow you to learn how to use Autodesk Inventor in your drafting or engineering field.
  • Chapter tests provide you with the opportunity to do a comprehensive review of each chapter by answering questions related to the chapter content.
  • The Instructor's Manual contains chapter test answers, exercise solutions, and project solutions.

Format of This Text

The format of this text helps you learn how to use Autodesk Inventor by example and complete explanations of each feature. Your learning is also supported by exercises that allow you to practice while you learn specific content, chapter tests that provide you with an excellent way to review chapter content, and projects that pull together everything you have learned in each chapter.

Accessing Autodesk Inventor Commands

In addition to the quick reference mapping of available command selection methods, all options are further described within the text. For example, to access the Line command, use one of the following techniques:

  • Pick the Line button on the panel bar.
  • Pick the Line button on the Sketch toolbar.
  • Press the L key on your keyboard.

One goal of this book is for you to see all the methods of using Autodesk Inventor commands and to decide which methods work best for you given the specific application.

Understanding the Command Format Presented in This Text

Command instructions provide you with the techniques used to access and complete the command. For example: "To draw a line, pick the point where you want to begin the line, and then pick the next point. See Figure 3.15. If you want to continue the line, pick the next point. If you do not want to continue the line, press the Esc key on your keyboard, or right-click and pick the Done option. If you do not want to continue the current line, but would like to draw another line at another location, either close the current Line command and access it again, or right-click and select Restart from the shortcut menu."

After you have learned the different ways to respond to Autodesk Inventor prompts, you can use the method that works best for you.

Identifying Key Words

Key words are bold italic for your ease in identification. These words relate to Autodesk Inventor terminology and professional applications. These words are defined in the text. Key words are an important part of your Autodesk Inventor learning process because they are part of the world of computer-aided drafting, drafting standards, and Autodesk Inventor communication.

Special Features

Autodesk Inventor® 7: Basics Through Advanced contains several special features that help you learn and use Autodesk Inventor, as explained in the following paragraphs. Most features are shown here as they appear in the book.


  • Use Autodesk Inventor to prepare parametric solid models and drawings for the manufacturing industry.
  • Answer questions related to Autodesk Inventor.
  • Use Autodesk Inventor and drafting related terminology.
  • Complete exercises as you learn Autodesk Inventor.
  • Use projects to learn Autodesk Inventor and create solid models and two-dimensional drawings.


  1. An exercise is provided after each Autod6sk Inventor topic or command lesson.
  2. The exercises allow you to practice what you have just learned. Practicing Autodesk Inventor applications is one of the most important keys to learning the program effectively.
  3. Exercises should be completed at a computer while using Autodesk Inventor to reinforce each other, allowing, you to develop understanding as you work with Autodesk Inventor.
  4. Exercises are saved to- disk and can be used only as practice or as classroom assignments.

Field Notes

Field Notes are another special feature of Autodesk Inventor® 7: Basics Through Advanced. Field Notes are placed throughout the text to provide you with any one or more of the following advantages:

  • Professional tips and applications.
  • Special features of Autodesk Inventor.
  • Advanced applications.
  • Additional instruction about how certain features work.


There is a comprehensive test at the end of each chapter. The test can be used to check your understanding of the chapter content or it can be used as review. Answering the test questions is an excellent way to go back through the material and reinforce what you have learned.


Projects are one of the most important ways to complete and solidify your learning and understanding of Autodesk Inventor. It has been said many times, in terms of learning AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor: "If you do not practice, you will forget." The projects allow you to put to practice what you have just learned. The projects are different from the exercises, because they combine a variety of commands that are used in the current chapter and in past chapters. Exercises focus only on using the currently discussed command. You or your instructor can select the projects that relate directly to your specific course objectives. The projects provided in this text are real-world solid model and drawing tasks.

Instructor's Manual

The Instructor's Manual for this text provides the following items:

  • Sample Syllabi
  • Introduction: How to Use This Text
  • Chapter Test Answers
  • Chapter Exercise Solutions
  • Chapter Project Solutions


I would like to give special thanks to my father, David A. Madsen, for his contributions, support, and professional advice during the development of this textbook.

I would also like to acknowledge the reviewers of the first edition: Alex Devereux, ITT Technical Institute (AZ); Louis A. Moegenburg, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College; and Marsha Walton, Finger Lakes Community College (NY).

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Madsen, David P
Published by Prentice Hall (2003)
ISBN 10: 0131149822 ISBN 13: 9780131149823
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