In our Inventor Back to Basics mini-series, we’re going to cover best basic workflows, commands and operations within the various environments of Inventor, including sketching, part modeling, assembly modeling and drawings.
When Inventor first came out, I always used to choose the “Constraint” command to assemble my parts. Now with the newer Inventor versions, I tend to use the “Joint” command. When you use the “Joint” command, remember to select the free floating model first. Here is an example of quickly centering one part on top of another part. I use the “Rigid” joint and hover over the center point of a face.
If you’re a consistent user of Autodesk Inventor you’ve probably at least heard of iLogic. Maybe you think of it as “that programming thing that I don’t have time to get into and probably don’t need”. Maybe you’ve dabbled in it, or copied some rules from the Autodesk Inventor Customization Forum to save a few clicks or solve a problem. Maybe you’ve even created some complex rules to drive configurable parts and assemblies. Regardless, it’s important to have a good understanding of the tool – what it is, what it isn’t, and where it fits in the overall scheme of Inventor’s Design Automation toolset.