AutoCad Inventor 2011: How to Make a Hitch Pin

Introduction: AutoCad Inventor 2011: How to Make a Hitch Pin

About: I am Matthew Enderle, and my instructables are based on electrical and computer sciences.

I will attempt to teach you how to make a 6" Hitch Pin in Inventor 2011 Pro. You will see my start to finish description on almost everything. I will show how to make the individual parts.
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 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.

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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's and A's
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.

Step 4: Production

After a week of school, I have successfully made the real life physical product. I used a Lathe, Mill, Band Saw,and a Torch for heat treating.

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    Hands Without Shadows

    The preferred method of creating this, by someone who does this everyday for a living:

    single sketch -> revolve feature -> show work plane (do not offset workplane, thats pointless and makes a mess, hit F11? and cut image) -> cut extrude hole in one shot from the center of the pin using the 2 way extrude.

    Takes less time, cleaner tree, and easier to edit.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    this is my fourth attempt at posting back.... It is longer because then the users get a better undersatanding of some simple concepts that they can build upon...