Inventor Essentials - Organic Shapes Using Loft

Become your company's go-to drafter or designer by learning how to build any part! In this course you'll increase your modeling skills by learning how to build complex, organic shapes using Inventor Pro 2017. Software required: Inventor 2017.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 9, 2016
Duration
2h 35m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 9, 2016
Duration
2h 35m
Description

Many drafters and designers are stumped when faced with having to build a part with a curved, organic shape. In this course, Inventor Essentials - Organic Shapes Using Loft, you'll how to use the loft tool in Inventor 2017 (also found in most other 3D modeling engineering software packages) to build even the most challenging freeform shapes. First, you'll learn the background of the loft tool and get a quick summary of how it works. Then, you'll explore in-depth exactly how loft builds organic shapes using its diverse toolset. Finally, you'll be shown how to build 3D geometry using the skeletal modeling method, which uses master sketches to drive the overall shape of the part. When you're finished with this Inventor course, you'll not only know how to build any part in 3D, but you'll be the go-to person in your office for building the most complex parts. Software required: Inventor 2017.

About the author
About the author

Billy Wittenberg is a long time mechanical designer who has worked in the oil and gas and turbo-machinery industries. He also is an aspiring writer and illustrator and is currently working on his first graphic novel. He has extensive experience with 2D AutoCad, Inventor, Solidworks, and Photoshop.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, my name is Billy Wittenberg. I'm an artist and a mechanical designer. I have worked in the drafting and design world since 2001. I have been in the oil and gas, turbomachinery, and packaged energy industries, and I have been a regular user of Inventor since 2005. In this course, you'll learn how to create complex, organic shapes using the Loft command in Inventor Professional 2017. But don't worry if you're not an Inventor user, because most of what I'll teach in this course can be easily applied in other 3D CAD programs. We'll talk about what organic shapes are and why they are so challenging to build in most 3D programs used in the engineering world. I'll stress the importance of increasing your 3D modeling expertise in order to win promotions and pay increases. I'll talk with you about some of the history behind the Loft command, and why it's able to build organic shapes. I'll show you how to make seat cushions, razor blade handles, exhaust manifolds, and centrifugal pump inlets. I'll even tell you what a centrifugal pump inlet is. You'll learn about transitions, guide rails, Area Lofts, and skeletal modeling. You'll discover the joys of easily altering a complex shape using projected geometry and master sketches. By the time you reach the end of the course, you'll be the black belt Lofting master of your department and ready to take your career to the next level.