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Inventor 2014 and Inventor LT 2014 Essentials: Autodesk Official Press [Paperback]

Thom Tremblay

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9 Aug 2013
Quickly learn essential inventor tools and techniques This full–color Autodesk Official Press guide will help you quickly learn the powerful manufacturing software′s core features and functions. Thom Tremblay, an Autodesk Certified Instructor, uses concise, straightforward explanations and real–world, hands–on exercises to help you become productive with Inventor. Full–color screenshots illustrate tutorial steps, and chapters conclude with a related and more open–ended project to further reinforce the chapter′s lessons. Based on the very real–world task of designing tools and a toolbox to house them, the book demonstrates creating 2D drawings from 3D data, modeling parts, combining parts into assemblies, annotating drawings, using advanced assembly tools, working with sheet metal, presenting designs, and more. Full–color screenshots illustrate the steps, and additional files are available for download so you can compare your results with those of professionals. You′ll also get information to help you prepare for the Inventor certification exams. Introduces new users to the software with real–world projects, hands–on tutorials, and full–color illustrations Begins each chapter with a quick discussion of concepts and learning goals and then moves into approachable, hands–on exercises Covers the interface and foundational concepts, modeling parts, combining them into assemblies building with the frame generator, using weldments Includes material to help you prepare for the Inventor certification exams Autodesk Inventor 2014 Essentials provides the information you need to quickly become proficient with the powerful 3D mechanical design software.

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Learn Autodesk Inventor Quickly and Easily Whether you're starting from scratch with Autodesk Inventor or want to brush up on your skills, this is the perfect hands-on guide. It thoroughly covers the software's core features and functions, bringing you quickly up to speed on everything you need to start using the software productively right away—the Inventor 2014 interface and tools, parametric sketching and 2D drawing basics, part and assembly modeling, weldments, and more. You'll also gain hands-on experience by designing familiar, everyday mechanical components. This complete revision also features expanded coverage of solid modeling workflows, dozens of content upgrades, and information to help you prepare for Autodesk Inventor certification. Learn these Autodesk Inventor essentials—and more: The Autodesk Inventor 2014 interface, tools, and settings How to create a parametric sketch and add constraints The basics of part and assembly modeling and 2D drawing Creating images and animation from your design data Sculpting plastic parts with ribs, decals, and more Building and properly documenting sheet metal parts Blending parts and assemblies into weldments Creating metal frames with the Frame Generator Learn to create complex assemblies using simple tools Select standard components for your designs quickly and easily using Design Accelerators This striking Essentials book features: Chapter-opening learning objectives Step-by-step tutorials Full-color screenshots and illustrations Essentials and Beyond—summaries and additional suggested exercises Downloadable exercise files and three bonus chapters

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Thom Tremblay is a Global Strategy Manager on the Autodesk Education team. He is an Inventor Certified Professional and Autodesk Certified Instructor who has been using the software for 14 years to design everything from cabinets and castings to ships and video monitors. He has close ties to the Inventor community, presents at Autodesk University every year, and is a frequent speaker at training centers, colleges, and universities.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Inventor 15 Aug 2013
By Larry Stegner - Published on Amazon.com
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He is an Excellent Instructor. It really works well to have Example Files that allow you to operate your Program as though you knew what yo were doing. It make me happy that I sprang for the full Inventor Suite. It is wonderfully Powerful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For School 9 Sep 2013
By JaredL - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this for school and it definitely helps tremendously. You probably want to have a little knowledge of Inventor and a good bit of AutoCAD experience before diving into this though. The illustrations are helpful I just wish there was more as the steps can get confusing. It is a small book and pretty light for all the material it has in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book - logically sequenced. 15 Dec 2013
By Aaron Boesch - Published on Amazon.com
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This tutorial got me up and running in less than two weeks. I do have a little bit of AutoCAD experience - but not with Inventor. The author does a nice job of stepping you through Inventor in a logical sequence. I would recommend.
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty lousy "beginner" book. 10 Oct 2014
By Jamie Bresner - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm only on page 54 and I can't remember ever reading a book that's more frustrating. The author many times has mistaken clicking for double-clicking (or vice versa). No big deal. I figured it out. But on more critical explanations, the author skips steps leaving the reader (at least in my case) very confused how to get from step 1 to step 2 (when in fact there's at least an additional step that's left out). I'll give it to chapter 2, and if the material doesn't improve, the book is going in the trash.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, thorough, accessible introduction to Inventor 26 April 2014
By C. McCue - Published on Amazon.com
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Confession: I’m a software trainer and technical writer, which understandably colors the way I read a textbook. My background is printing and the graphic arts, and learning Inventor is taking me into utterly foreign territory. I braced myself for dense jargon . . . and found myself enjoying Thom Tremblay’s conversational and accessible style of presentation. He’s succinct and thorough, without being dry — the caption for one illustration informs you, “There is nothing some sort of Chrome can’t improve.”

This book is well-organized, taking you from an exploration of the interface all the way through building complex parts; nothing is assumed. The exercise files are well-designed and organized, too.

I have a long way to go before I’m comfortable in Inventor, but I’m so glad I found this book. My thanks to Thom Tremblay for creating such a great resource.
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