Autodesk Inventor #1: Autodesk Inventor - ideas, tricks, and help

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Blog entry by JerseyJoe posted 09-12-2008 02:32 AM 7942 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To all my fellow Woodworkers that use Autodesk Inventor.

I’m posting this forum as a suggestion that we talk amongst ourselves about Inventor. I am just beginning my journey with this drawing program and like everything new I have questions, idea, and I definitely need help occasionally.

So I was thinking that if we pool our collective minds I sure it would be a helpful aid to all of us that use this program and get stuck or just need to vent or share our work.

So I think this Blog area is the correct area to hold this conversation, but if it’s not someone please let me know and I will move to the right area.

I have access to a Professor that teaches this application , My brother, I’m not afraid to abuse him with questions when needed.

Please let me know if this is a good idea or not.

Thanks Joe

-- Joe Massanova, Somerdale, NJ -

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#1 posted 09-12-2008 02:09 PM

Hi Joe, I have to agree with Dave, I dont’ know a thing about this inventor program, I’m still fighting with Sketch up but I would like to see a rendering and do a test drive to see the user interface. Would you mind posting some info on how or where we can get our hands on it?
Doug in AZ.

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#2 posted 09-12-2008 02:46 PM

It seems way beyond anything that I could use in my woodworking.
It’s built for engineering by the looks of it and group engineering at that.
Must cost a fortune to get it operational.

regretfully, I must pass on this one.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 09-12-2008 03:52 PM

It’s AutoCads competition to Solid Works. I think that as many people use it as they do Solid Works. Maybe one or two people.

Most people here tend to go for Sketchup mainly because it’s not that involved and it’s free.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 09-12-2008 08:03 PM

Hi Joe, I use Inventor daily in my employment as a designer & would have to agree fully with the previous posts. It is an incredibly powerful design tool for 3D engineering & manufacturing, geared towards CAD/CAM in group environments. Seems like a bit much for woodworking all considered (its gotta cost a lot & it needs a heck of a computer to run it!), but if you have access to it, like I do, why not use it…
For those who do use it, Autodesk does lots with discussion boards & user groups, etc.. There’s a ton of help out there thru Autodesk website, and AUGI (Autocad User Groups)..

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#5 posted 09-13-2008 12:26 AM

Thanks all for your input.

I have found one or two WW colleagues that use Inventor, so I’ll keep it up for a period of time to see if it gets any action. I will post my projects up on the site so everyone can view them.

It is a powerful tool and over kill for what we do, but I must admit that once I got the hang of it, it is easy to use and it goes along very well with the way we build, so the logic is the same. I have tried several other programs: TurboCad, Google has a program I tried, and AutoCAD. Inventor, so far, is the easiest to learn after you understand their logic, but i guess that is true for all of the other drawing programs.

I do like showing my customers a 3D picture of the finished product before I start cutting. It is better to delete a couple of pictures or drawings on the system then to make the change during building..

So Thanks again and keep the comments coming.


-- Joe Massanova, Somerdale, NJ -

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#6 posted 11-05-2009 09:59 PM

Inventor is trhe best software for woodworkers – check out this “YouTube”” URL

The best is the development of Dovetails

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#7 posted 11-05-2009 10:07 PM Inventor Value Added Reseller who is a professional woodworker)!: – offers free support for woodworkers using Inventor and or AutoCad

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#8 posted 12-10-2009 11:33 PM

Inventor is especially good for making cabinetry, furniture out of wood or any other material for that matter.
Long ago, I worked in the carpentry trade and I wish I had a tool like Inventor. It would have allowed me to experiment, and make decisions before I cut my first board. That might have saved me a a few trees worth of scrap. Later, I started a sheet metal fabrication company, and used Inventor for years. Inventor is the perfect tool for woodworking. It allows you to create anything you can dream up, easily and quickly. Sketch up is useless for anything but visualization. Sooner or later, you need to design it. The output files for a CNC, the bills of materials, everything is in there. It’s also easy enough for a 6th grader to use, which should make some on this blog rest at ease.

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