How To: Create 2D Sketches in Autodesk Inventor

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Autodesk Inventor is a powerful 3D mechanical computer aided design (CAD) software program that allows you to create your own 3D digital prototypes, which are used in the design, visualization, and simulation of products.

In this post, expert author Adam Cooper will teach you how to create new sketches from scratch in Autodesk Inventor. Once you’re in the home screen, you can choose the Brand New Part or the My Templates option. Working in a New Part file, you’ll want to think about how you’re going to build your design, for example, do you want to build your design symmetrically around certain origin planes, or in a single quadrant in a certain plane?

Once you’ve chosen either the New Part or the My Templates option, go to start 2D sketch in the upper left corner – it will prompt you to pick a plane to start on. In this example, the author begins in an XY plane. If you want to project planes, you can go to Project Geometry from the sketch tab in the create panel and you can choose one of the planes from the tree. By doing this it will put down a projected reference, essentially some line geometry, and then you can utilize that to dimension to, created symmetry constraints around, mirror around, etc.

Watch Adam demonstrate the full process of creating 2D sketches from scratch in Autodesk Inventor below:

Adam emphasizes that it isĀ important to think about the origin in ways that you might want to assemble the design later on. The key thing to remember is to take a few moments and think about how this part would interact with other parts later on in the design process.

Click here to learn more about our Autodesk Inventor 2015 training course, and to view more free tutorial videos from the course.

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