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Picture of Autocad Inventor 2011- How to make a widget
I will attempt to teach you how to make a wheel axle in Inventor 2011 Pro. You will see my start to finish description on almost everything. I will show individual parts to assemblies.
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.

Get AutoCad:
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
http://projectgrill.org/http://projectgrill.org/



Let's continue on to out next step.
Please vote for me to win, I really need this.

Step 1:

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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: Getting Ready

You will need to get to know the program. Follow the pictures bellow to see what each button does.
 
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soonerhop2 years ago
Great video, enjoyed it. The only thing I would comment on as a HS Cad teacher, I try to get my students to NOT delete their Dimensions before turning the sketch into a feature. The great thing about inventor is that you can go back to any step and change any one thing, if you keep the dimensions on that make changes quicker and easier and the dimensions go away anyway when you make it a feature (extrude , rotate whatever).
MatthewEnderle (author)  soonerhop2 years ago
I forgot to metion that you can see my latest project which is a computer that was designed entirely inside Autocad.

http://www.instructables.com/id/iDeciduous-The-Wooded-Computer-Case/
MatthewEnderle (author)  soonerhop2 years ago
Thanks! I mainly delete the dimensions myself since I manually add them later. I personally like the slate to be clean and then in the sketch I like to manually add them so that I can position them the best way so I can read them and make them.
enderled3 years ago
Nice Work Matthew. You put a great deal of time into it! Best of luck with the contest! Is it too late for others to vote yet?
MatthewEnderle (author)  enderled3 years ago
yep... And thanks dan?
fstegar3 years ago
YAY 300th! Hope you Win!!!
AWSOME!!!
cainracing3 years ago
I voted Matt
you da man!
MatthewEnderle (author)  cainracing3 years ago
THANKS>>> YOU DA TEACH!
majorbudbud3 years ago
Wow... i can't wait to show off in class now! It's cool we use the same software...
Will you do more kewl thangs?!
Yea... i second this... will you?!
MatthewEnderle (author)  devilmaystrike3 years ago
Yes I am making more... next is Frame Generator!
Majorbudbud... LOL
Dr. Pepper3 years ago
cool! this is an expensive software!
MatthewEnderle (author)  Dr. Pepper3 years ago
You actually can get it free!
Read the "Get AutoCad:" section on the intro!
Do I get the professional version?
MatthewEnderle (author)  Dr. Pepper3 years ago
yes you do. fully registered, same as mine.
what does the 3 year license mean?
MatthewEnderle (author)  Dr. Pepper3 years ago
You can continue installing and activating the program for 3 years. Did you sign up at student.autodesk.com? You then need to download Inventor. Currently it won't let you activate, I will need to help you on that. Tell me when it is installed.
I'm so sorry. My dad says he doesn't want anything installed on my computer. It was very nice of you to do what you did though. And the email, well that I won't mess with. Thanks again.
rimar20003 years ago
This is very, very useful! Thanks for sharing. I dare not begin to learn autocad now, I have so many projects that I do not have time. In addition, "old dog not learning new tricks"
MatthewEnderle (author)  rimar20003 years ago
it is still a great thing to know.