If Autodesk’s Inventor 2010 release has piqued your interest and you’re looking for a fast and convenient way to navigate through all its bells and whistles, here’s a suggestion. The firm has loaded up a library of videos on YouTube to give Inventor users (as well as non-users) a taste of what’s available in the new release.
Currently, 13 videos showcase demos, tutorials and tips and tricks info on new Inventor capabilities like Moldflow integration, AEC Exchange and advanced simulation functions. Want to know more about the software’s cable and harness design capabilities? There’s a YouTube video that illustrates how Inventor maintains electrical design intent and reduces errors by importing wire lists directly from AutoCAD Electrical. Similarly, another video delves into the new sheet metal capabilities of the 3-D CAD software upgrade, including its flat pattern editing environment, dedicated sheet metal commands for making folds, hinges and flanges and its ability to define sheet metal punch libraries to reduce CNC milling costs.
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