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ECAD 2050 - Introduction to Inventor

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: Students will use Autodesk’s Inventor software to sketch, create, edit, and dimension 3D solid models, as well as create 2D drawings from these models. Assembly modeling and 2D & 3D printing are also covered. These skills are necessary for job qualification in many areas such as mechanical design and engineering. The class uses a hands-on approach in order to build a foundation for continued training or self-instruction.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): ECAD 1070  or ENGR 1020  or instructor consent.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Assembly drawings
  2. Auxiliary and section views
  3. Dimensioning and Notes
  4. Geometric construction tools
  5. Model tree and parent/child relationships
  6. Multiview drawings
  7. Overview of solid modeling
  8. Parametric modeling fundamentals
  9. Templates and plotting
  10. User interface

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Create intermediate 3D solid models
  2. Manipulate 3D views, construction planes and material
  3. Explain software¿s user interface
  4. Describe 3D coordinate systems and depth concept
  5. Explain feature-based parametric solid modeling
  6. Describe various solid modeling techniques
  7. List minimum hardware requirements for software
  8. Compare 3D model types
  9. Create simple 3D solid models
  10. Compare 2D vs. 3D design process
  11. Add dimensions and notations to drawings
  12. Analyze model tree to determine construction techniques
  13. Analyze various properties of 3D models
  14. Create a model using parent/child relationships
  15. Create assembly drawing with a Bill of Materials
  16. Create assembly models
  17. Create orthographic drawings from 3D models
  18. Create section and auxiliary views
  19. Investigate the associativity between 2D drawing & 3D model
  20. Modify models
  21. Plot drawings in 2D and one in 3D

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