Autodesk Inventor: Introduction to Solid Modeling

The Autodesk® Inventor®: Introduction to Solid Modeling course provides you with an understanding of the parametric design philosophy through a hands-on, practice-intensive curriculum. You will learn the key skills and knowledge needed to design models using Autodesk Inventor, starting with conceptual sketching, through to solid modeling, assembly design, and drawing production.

Topics Covered

  • Understanding the Autodesk® Inventor® software interface 

  • Creating, constraining, and dimensioning 2D sketches 

  • Creating and editing the solid base 3D feature from a sketch

  • Creating and editing secondary solid features that are sketched and placed

  • Creating equations and working with parameters

  • Manipulating the display of the model

  • Resolving feature failures 

  • Duplicating geometry in the model

  • Placing and constraining/connecting parts in assemblies

  • Manipulating the display of components in an assembly

  • Duplicating components in an assembly

  • Obtaining model measurements and property information

  • Creating Presentation files (Exploded views and Animations)

  • Modifying and analyzing the components in an assembly

  • Simulating motion in an assembly

  • Creating parts and features in assemblies 

  • Creating and editing an assembly Bill of Materials

  • Working with projects

  • Creating and annotating drawings and views 

  • Customizing the Autodesk Inventor environment 


  • Access to the 2019 or 2020 version of the software. The practices and files included with this course might not be compatible with prior versions.

  • As an introductory learning course, Autodesk Inventor: Introduction to Solid Modeling does not assume prior knowledge of any 3D modeling or CAD software. Students do need to be experienced with the Windows operating system and a background in drafting of 3D parts is recommended.


Course Curriculum


Day 1

  • Introduction to Autodesk Inventor

  • Creating the Base Feature

  • Additional Sketching Tools

  • Advanced Sketch Editing Tools

  • Sketched Secondary Features


Day 2

  • Creating Pick and Place Features

  • ​Work Features

  • Equations

  • Additional Features

  • ​Model and Display Manipulation

  • ​Fixing Problems


Day 3

  • Sweep Features

  • Loft Features

  • ​Duplication Tools

  • Feature Relationships

  • Assembly Environment

  • Joint Connections


Day 4

  • Manipulating Assembly Display

  • Model Information

  • ​Presentation Files

  • Assembly Tools

  • Assembly Parts and Features

  • Assembly Bill of Materials

  • Working with Projects


Day 5

  • Drawing Basics

  • ​Detailing Drawings

  • Drawing Annotations

  • Customizing Autodesk Inventor

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