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TEDCF Ships Inventor 2013 Sheet Metal Training Course

Springville, CA, June 20, 2012 – TEDCF Publishing, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher and member of the Autodesk Developer Network, today released Autodesk Inventor 2013 Certified: Sheet Metal Design, a video based training course for Autodesk Inventor 2013.

Sheet Metal Design is the fourth course in a series of Inventor 2013 Certified courses scheduled for release this year. It covers all the sheet metal commands in detail as well as the Frame Generator and custom structural shapes, working with weldment assemblies, and producing sheet metal assemblies from multi-body parts.

Multi-body sheet metal modeling is one of the fastest and most robust methods of creating sheet metal assemblies.  It’s also one of the most difficult skills to master, because it requires a broad range of skills.  This course simplifies the process so that the average user can take control of this incredible process.

“A lot of people recommend that you do not use multi-body modeling to create sheet metal assemblies,” said David Melvin, PE, Autodesk University Speaker and author of the course. “That’s because you need to know more than the average user knows, but we’re not talking about getting your doctorates in sheet metal modeling.  The process is really quite simple, and the benefits are tremendous.  Anyone who uses Inventor can do it.”

Each step of the multi-body modeling process is broken down into simple to understand instruction starting with basic concepts and expanding to expert level modeling.  Users learn how to construct sheet metal multi-body parts so they can be exported to an assembly file and then converted to sheet metal parts.  Each part is tested to confirm that it unfolds properly, and then 2D drawings are constructed containing both folded and unfolded views of the parts.

The Sheet Metal Design course also covers the Frame Generator in detail.  Users learn to publish custom structural shapes to the Content Center and then use them to create frame structures.  Frame members are then edited while all the frame generator commands are demonstrated.  Once the frames are complete, they’re prepared for welding and then welded together.

Advanced sheet metal concepts like custom punches, sheet metal styles, bend allowances, bend tables, and k-factors are also covered with easy to understand instruction.  Best practices for each discipline are demonstrated while the user experiences the benefit of using sound processes.

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 the user 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 Sheet Metal Design 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 2009-2012, 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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