Introduction: Introduction to Weldments in Autodesk Inventor
This tutorial will introduce you to creating Weldment Assemblies in Autodesk Inventor. You will be exposed to creating preparation, fillet welds and groove welds in the 3D environment.
Step 1: Create a New "Standard.ipt" Part File
Create a new "Standard.ipt" part file
Step 2: Use Primitives
Select the "Box" command from the primitives menu.
Step 3: Select a Plane
Select the XY Plane to begin creating your box.
Step 4: Select the Orgin
Select the origin as the center point of your base rectangle to begin creating your base for your box.
Step 5: Give It Some Size
Input the dimensions as shown to create a 6" x 2 1/2" rectangle. Hint use the TABkey to jump to the next input box quickly.
Step 6: Give It Some Thickness
Input the thickness as .375 or 3/8 in the distance input and select "OK"
Step 7: Save Your File
Save you new .ipt file in a known location for future reference.
Step 8: Create a New Weldment.iam
Create a new standard "Weldment.iam" file.
Step 9: Select "Assemble" Tab
Select the "Assemble" tab to allow you to place and constrain components in your weldment assembly.
Step 10: Place the File
Select "Place" to place the .ipt file we have recently created in steps 1 through 6. Once found select the file and select "Open".
Step 11: Place 2 Components
Use the left click button to place 2 components. When complete select escape to exit the place command.
Step 12: Ground It
Select one of the components, right click and select "grounded" to ground the component. Grounding restricts the motions of the component.
Step 13: Mate Constraint
Select "Constrain" from the top menu. Ensure "Mate" is enabled and select the faces as shown. Select "Apply" and move to the next step.
Step 14: Flush Constrain
Select the "Flush" constrain option and select the face shown. When complete select "Apply" and move to the next step.
Step 15: Center Plate Using Flush With Offset
Center the plate using the "Flush" constraint and an offset. Select the face as shown and input the values as shown in the "Offset" box.
Step 16: Fillet Weld
Select the "Weld" tab from the top menu. In the weld tab select "Fillet". Select "Face 1" as indicated by the number "1" in the figure. Select "Face 2" and select the face indicated by number "2" in the figure. Input the size of the weld as shown and select "OK".
Select "Preparation" from the "Weld" tab. Select the "Chamfer" command as shown. Select the edge indicated by the arrow in the figure. Input the size and select "OK" to create the bevel preparation.
Step 18: Groove Weld
Select "Groove" from the "Weld" tab. For face set number 1 use the selection shown in the picture. When complete move to the next step.
Step 19: Groove Weld Face 2
Select "Face Set 2" and select the face shown in the figure. Once complete move to the next step.
Step 20: Groove Weld 3
Select the "Fill Direction" button and select the edge as indicated by the figure. Once complete select "OK".
Step 21: Create Welding Symbols
Select the "Symbol" feature to create welding symbols for the weld we have just created. Select the fillet weld bead from the screen and input the size as shown. Once complete select "Apply" and move to the next step.
Step 22: Symbols 2
Select the "Bead" button to select a new bead for symbol creation. Select the groove weld bead and change the symbol from a fillet to groove by selecting the fillet symbol in the weld symbol detail. Select "OK" once completed.
Step 23: Save It
Save this file for future reference. Your done!