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TEDCF Ships Inventor 2013 Customization Training Course

Springville, CA, June 5, 2012 – TEDCF Publishing, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher and member of the Autodesk Developer Network, today announced the release of Autodesk Inventor 2013 Certified: 2D Drafting and Customization, a video based training course for Autodesk Inventor 2013.

2D Drafting and Customization is the third course in a series of Inventor 2013 Certified courses scheduled for release this year.  It covers all the commands associated with 2D drawings, as well as customized drawing templates, styles, custom material and appearance Libraries, and interfacing with AutoCAD.

The new material and appearance libraries in Autodesk Inventor 2013 are covered in detail.  Users learn to create custom materials and appearances, save them to custom material and appearance libraries, and use them in parts and assemblies.  The course also shows you how to create appearances from pictures of an existing product surfaces.

“Appearance and material libraries are a significant enhancement to Inventor,” said David Melvin, PE, Autodesk University Speaker and author of the course.  “The installed libraries extend your options, and your ability to create custom appearances and libraries can make your products come alive.”

The course also shows how to customize the Inventor User Interface.  Users learn to create custom ribbon panels, setup custom shortcut keys and command aliases, customize the Marking Menu, control the visibility of User Interface Objects, and personalize Constraint Persistence and Constraint Options.

Users also learn how to tailor drawing templates to meet drafting needs.  The course describes the details of creating custom borders and title blocks that automatically fill in drawing information.  BOMs, Parts Lists, Hole Tables, Balloons, and Notes are built from the ground up to user specifications and added to templates to streamline the drafting process.  Drafting styles and standards, also controlled by templates, are molded to user requirements.

Users can download the full course now, and the upgradeable DVD can be pre-ordered.  When all seven courses are complete the DVD will ship on July 31st.  It will contain all seven courses so that users can easily upgrade to a new course without having to purchase another DVD.

TEDCF Publishing has also enhanced their Lesson Player.  Along with adjustable playback speed and a lesson search engine, users can now assign global hotkeys. This gives users the ability to pause and play lessons while working in the Inventor environment. Users can also use hotkeys to advance to the next lesson in the course and review previously watched lessons.

These are some of the features of the course.

  • Lessons in Metric & English
  • Lesson Search Engine – find lessons fast
  • Progressive layout – step-by-step training
  • Simplified learning format – thorough explanations
  • Automatic book-marking – the course automatically opens on the last viewed lesson.
  • Volume Slider – adjustable volume.
  • Speed Slider – adjustable playback speed.
  • Full-screen capability
  • Time Displays – the length of each lesson along with the current time is displayed.
  • Hide-able Control Panel – gives users more room for full-screen viewing.
  • Hotkeys – gives users control while working in the Inventor environment.
  • System Requirements: Windows, Speakers, and Windows Media Player 9 or above.

Training courses offered by TEDCF Publishing run from a single installation on a PC computer. Users can pick specific courses to watch or watch course bundles containing several courses.

Visit 2D Drafting and Customization 2013 to learn more and watch sample lessons.

About the Author

David Melvin, PE is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and Autodesk University instructor with over 25 years of experience in research and development for major companies. He founded The Engineering Department Consulting Firm in 1998 and soon discovered that he needed an easier and faster way to train his draftsmen and engineers to use Autodesk Inventor. This need led to his founding of TEDCF Publishing’s video-based training courses in 2000. Now TEDCF Publishing’s courses are used by thousands of professionals, students, and teachers worldwide.

About TEDCF Publishing

Founded in 2000, TEDCF Publishing is a division of The Engineering Department Consulting Firm.  The company attained recognition as an Autodesk Authorized Publisher & Developer within the first year of business.  The company provides training courses for Autodesk Inventor 6 through 2013, SolidWorks 2009-2011, and Microsoft Excel. 

Autodesk, Autodesk Inventor, and Inventor are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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