First Session is about how we can start to work with Inventor. Remember, my mindset is, currently you are working with Revit, then you know about 3d Modelling and you know about Project and Family well.
but be aware about this in Inventor we have different way for modelling and different solution for do anything, hence when i’m explaining anything that item could be about usual items and maybe we could find many different way for do same things, another things is, every time i;m trying to find any method or item to make compare with Revit and say about same solution with Inventor
OK, every time i had any class for anybody or any groups they have one similar question, when we opened Inventor software at the first time we saw one dialogue box and we was confused what we should do and which item is correct for our work.
Take a look to below Picture, yes this is what they saw in first try with Inventor.
Let me explain about first dialogue according to Revit perception.
Description : As you know every time you want to make any project in Revit you need to put some family together, Like Wall, Floor, Roof, Ceiling (System Families) Window, Door, Furniture, Mechanical Equipment, Case work (Loadable Family=User Family ) Mass , Generic Modelling in Project (Model in-Place ) . Hence any project is combination of Family.
Here in Inventor Part is equal to Family and Assemble is equal to Project.
Simple clarification :
1. Revit : You can make a Project in Revit and bring other projects as a link into that = Inventor : In Inventor is same you can make an Assembly and bring other assembly as a Subassembly the only different is in Inventor you can make edit in any subassembly as you want but in Revit you cant make edit in Link object.
2. Revit : You can Make a Family in Revit and load it into other family as a nested family ( With this Method you are trying to make Sort of assembly in Revit )= Inventor : Usually in Inventor when you want to make assembly you can put Part object in Assembly file, (( I should say still you can make a Part and load that Part in new Part as a Drive Part) ( Also you can load Assembly in Part ))
3. Revit : In Revit you need to do modelling for Projects, in Project Environment = Inventor : In Inventor you need to make your Parts and put them together to make your Assembly ( Project ) .
Note: Actually you can do modelling in Assembly Environment with two different way and you can read about that in below .
5. Revit : In Revit Project Environment you can create Model in-Place Family and you have all feature according to Family Modelling in Project Environment = Inventor : In Inventor is same, you can use Assembly Feature and make join or cut with Part solid models, but you can not save this Feature as a new *.ipt Part and they are part of Assembly environment
6. Revit : In Revit Project Environment you can create Model in-Place Family and you have all feature according to Family Modelling in Project Environment = Inventor : In Assembly Environment you can create new Part and make active your Part Feature and create parts inside of Assembly , Difference is in Inventor you can save that part as separate Family but in Revit normally you can not do this.
Revit Family = Inventor Part
File Extension for Revit *.rfa = File Extension for Inventor Part *.ipt
Revit Project = Inventor Assembly
File Extension for Revit *.rvt = File Extension for Inventor *.iam
Simple clarification :
Q 1 ; What is the Sheet Metal.ipt ?
A 1 ; As you can see Sheet Metal.ipt is sort of Part in inventor but you can find different feature for modeling, all feature are relevant to Sheet Metal Objects, Like Water Tank, Metal Cabinet, Metal Desk, Metal Door, Cladding,
Q2 ; What is the Weldment.iam ?
A2 ; IN any case that you need to do Welding projects you can use Weldment.iam.
Q3 ; What is Standard.idw ?
A3 ; With Standard.idw file you can create drawing from any *.ipt or *.iam file , important point is in Revit you have Sheet Subset in Project Browser and Annotate Ribbon for Dimension and Symbol. But in Inventor you have separate file type (*.idw) and environment for prepare drawing.
Q4 ; What is Standard.ipn ?
A4 ; Naturally Inventor is a software for Mechanical Engineers and Product Designers, in many case this people needs to make a presentation from their Assembly, that how we should make assemble or disassemble any mechanism . If we want to make example like this in Revit we should talk about Displacement tool. you can see similar result in Revit and Inventor in below picture.
We will discuss about modelling workflow and we will compare Revit solution with Inventor solution in the future.