This is meant for the people who might have not used this before and want to learn, or for experienced users who want to learn more. For beginners you can apply almost anything from this into any other projects that may present.
You will need to go to http://students.autodesk.com/ and register and download AutoCad Inventor 2011. You will need a ".edu" email in order to receive it for free with a three year licence. If you don't have a ".edu" Email, message me and I will work something out for you.
A little about me:
I am in my second year of high school and have been sponsored by Kondex in Wisconsin, US. I work in AutoCad and Solid works. Currently I am working with my school on a large project and I am in charge of the 3d Stress analysis in Inventor. I am using my vacation time to make this tutorial with the hopes of winning the laser so we can use it to engrave utensils and other stuff on the grill.
To see my project I'm am in go to
Let's continue on to out next step.
Step 1: Tips!
1. You may work better playing some of your favorite tunes or genre on your pc, ipod, or any other sound device.
2. If you don't get something reread it 2 more times. If you are still confused, then you can message or get a good rest, even a 2 hour nap works!
Step 2: -FAQ-
Q: Am I able to machine this part?
A: YES! You need to make sure that you use a material that can be heat-treated. This would have to be done on a lathe from > 1.6" unfinished stock.
Go to Step 3 for a Video Method
Step 3: Option 1: Video
AutoCad Inventor 2011: How to make a Hitch Pin
I will show you how to go from nothing to a very cool Hitch Pin I made.
ETC: less than 20 Min
You can find the video on Vimeo if this doesn't work for you.