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Designing iParts in Autodesk Inventor Part I

By John Koop, TEDCF Publishing

This is the first in a series of Tips that shows you the iPart process.  In this Tip, we will go through the first few steps of iPart design.  We will set the Custom Parameters, build the part and then set the part Material.  In the next Tip we will set up the iPart Table.

We’re going to design a steel rod with a hole through it.  This is a rather basic part, but the process for more complicated parts is the same.

The first step is to add the Custom Parameters.  Open a new part and then click the Manage Tab and select Parameters.

Designing iParts

Now add these three parameters.  To add custom parameters, click the Add Numeric button at the bottom left of the dialog box.  These parameters will control the iPart.  When we set up the iPart table, we will set the OD and Length parameters to Key Parameters.

Designing iParts Custom Parameters

Now draw and constrain this sketch using the Custom Parameters.

Custom Parameters

Once you have done that…

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