What can you learn in a day?
Before I tell you how easy it is to design in Inventor 2012 take a mouse click detour (right click and open in a new tab) here
. Maya is considered by many to be one of the hardest programs to manipulate and with a day and a book I was able to do that.
Inventor is a 1 on a difficulty scale of 1-10 if Maya is a 10. With just a couple simple skills you can complete a prototype the same day you start using Inventor. I swear! I did it and you all saw the finished product.
The best part? Glad you asked. If you're a member of TechShop you get access to all of the Autodesk tools while you're on site, a free class for members in Inventor and a copy of Inventor 2012 with a 6 month license when you complete the class. It's within reach or will be sooner than later if you don't have these resources near you now.
Caution: once you've test driven these software tools, you're going to wonder how you've lived so long without them.
There is good news though, the shapes and methods for this Instructable are simple and can be done in any 3D modeling program that you can get your hands on. So do go ahead and follow the steps whether you're hooked up with the good stuff or not.
More than anything I want you to see how I did this in 5 minutes with:
Oh yeah, the parts:
A computer that the software can run on (I'm going to guess the one you're on will do)
Parts of the layout:
Four Extrusions (1 is a hole)
One Fillet (applied to 6 edges simultaneously)