CAD-Design Solutions

  • What else do we need to teach CIM?

    What else do we need to teach CIM?

    Question: What else do we need to really teach CIM? Are there any “extras” that you recommend? Answer: We get this question weekly. So here’s what we are going to do. Give you a preview to a Google doc that is live so we can update it on the fly. You will see it right […]Read More »
  • My Toolbars’ Are Missing in Inventor! Where’d They Go?

    My Toolbars’ Are Missing in Inventor! Where’d They Go?

    Question: Every once in a while (on a daily basis…) one of my students ends up missing one or more toolbars in Inventor. Can you tell me how to get them back? Answer: I bet it happens randomly, and they have done nothing to make it happen, right?!?! Well no matter… watch the video below […]Read More »
  • How Do You Split Your Container In Inventor?

    How Do You Split Your Container In Inventor?

    How do you split your container so your customer can get a better idea of what it looks like without the boss?Read More »
  • How do I Assemble The Container In Inventor?

    How do I Assemble The Container In Inventor?

    How do you assemble your container so that you can tell if the lip and the lid fit, or so your customer will know what it looks like without the boss?Read More »
  • Does My Container Fit The Constraints? Try a Section View!

    Does My Container Fit The Constraints? Try a Section View!

    How can you tell if your students followed all of the constraints you gave them? Make them do a quick section view like this one to show you.Read More »
  • How do you make flutes on your container?

    How do you make flutes on your container?

    Question: How do you make flutes on your container? They are always so fancy…. Answer: Well, it’s easier than it looks. It’s all laid out here in this four minute video using Inventor.Read More »
  • Designing a Container in Inventor 2016

    Designing a Container in Inventor 2016

    Question: How do I design a container in Inventor 2016? Answer: Many many ways to do it, but here’s an easy method I use in my classroom. Download the Constraints WS here: 2016-container-design-constraints-wsRead More »
  • HOW DO I MAKE SURE MY CONTAINER LIP & LID WILL FIT?

    HOW DO I MAKE SURE MY CONTAINER LIP & LID WILL FIT?

    Question: How do I make sure my Container Lip & Lid will fit? The last time we did the container project, the student made them the same size, and the parts did not fit together! I do not want this to happen again! Solution: The 3 minute video below will help you make sure that […]Read More »
  • How do I use Inventor to make The Flange?

    How do I use Inventor to make The Flange?

    Question: How do I use Inventor to make The Flange? Answer: See the video below for one way to do it. It walks you through all the steps from hole cycles to profiles, to roughing operations. The video below does not have any sound track.Read More »
  • HOW DO I MAKE A CONTAINER IN INVENTOR?

    HOW DO I MAKE A CONTAINER IN INVENTOR?

    Question: How do I make a container for CIM class in Inventor? Solution: There are many ways to do this, and thanks to Jim, there a bunch of video tutorials to walk you through it step by step from making the part in Inventor 2015, and then putting the tool paths on it, simulating it, […]Read More »
  • How do I make Inventor default to 3 decimal places?

    How do I make Inventor default to 3 decimal places?

    Question: How do I make Inventor default to 3 decimal places instead of two? Answer: Well, you just need to change the default dimension style. It’s a setting buried in the menu’s that is best explained in the image below. Just follow the steps and change it to the default that you want!Read More »
  • HOW DO I MAKE THE PARTS FOR THE MASS PROPERTY ANALYSIS ACTIVITY?

    HOW DO I MAKE THE PARTS FOR THE MASS PROPERTY ANALYSIS ACTIVITY?

    Question: How do I make the parts for the Mass Property Analysis activity? Solution: There are many ways to do this, and thanks to Jim, there a four video tutorials to walk you through them step by step from a solid piece of material in Inventor subtracted down to a finished part. Click on the […]Read More »
  • IED Train Tutorials

    IED Train Tutorials

    So you want to know how to make the train parts from Introduction to Engineering Design class? I don’t blame you…. they are a great first step in Inventor to teach the basics of Inventor. One of my favorite IED teachers of all time, Jason Hyatt from Cazenovia HS, has put these together for us. […]Read More »
  • My Browser disappeared, How do I get it Back?

    My Browser disappeared, How do I get it Back?

    Question: My browser disappeared in Inventor!  Hoew do I get it back? Solution: Easy! Watch the 50 second video below for an explanation!Read More »
  • How do I know inventor will run in my classroom?

    How do I know inventor will run in my classroom?

    Problem: How do I know Inventor will run correctly in my classroom after it is installed? Solution: It can be a huge issue to change the image of a computer, after it has been installed. There are some things you can do to check and be sure that it works. See the steps below. CIM […]Read More »
  • What’s the simplest way to design in Inventor?

    What’s the simplest way to design in Inventor?

    Question: What’s the simplest way to design in Inventor? What’s the difference between “additive” and “subtractive” modelling? Answer: See the 6 minute video below for one way to do it. It walks you through all the steps including starting a new file, doing additive and subtractive modelling, editing dimensions, and constraints. Please keep in mind […]Read More »
  • Inventor Loads slowly, how do I speed it up?

    Inventor Loads slowly, how do I speed it up?

    Problem: Inventor loads very slowly. Is there something I can do to speed it up? Solution: Sure can! You can unload AddiIns. These are portions of Inventor that you may not use on a daily basis; or ever, so why not turn them off? See below:Read More »

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