Inventor Tutorial for the iDoor – Intro

This Inventor tutorial requires Autodesk Inventor 2010 or later as it is based on a multi solid part. It is geared towards the beginner that wants to get up to speed quickly, or a more experienced user who may be looking to learn new techniques.

The iDoor tutorial will serve as the anchor tutorial for several more Inventor tutorials that will each add functionality to the base design, and possibly a few prequel tutorials to explain in more detail any parts of the tutorial that are harder to grasp.

As is, a door like this can be published to Content Center, and numerous copies can be placed into an assembly (as many as you wish). All of the placed doors are then easily sized to the openings present, and at the proper time, all of the correctly sized parts can be created. A massively easier solution than in previous versions of Inventor. There can be as many parts per door as the design calls for, and even the most complex design can be accommodated via the robust skeletal framework.


Some of the features of the tutorial;

  • Introduces skeletal modeling techniques.
  • Most images are linked to a full sized representation, just click the image to enlarge.

If you don’t own a copy of Inventor 2010, you can download a free 30 day trial. There is also a LT version of Inventor, but I’m not sure if it has the functionality to complete this tutorial. I know for sure that it cannot perform the next phase of the tutorial –producing the door assemblies.

Feel free to contact me via the email link at the bottom of every page if you have questions or to report typos, unclear instruction, or ideas for improvement.

Page 1 of the Inventor tutorial

PS – This door took about 1/2 hour to design as-is, and would take several more days to configure into a model that could represent any door in a custom cabinet shop. The same thing can be done for the cabinets as well, and I will post a tutorial for that as well. The image below shows three iDoors inserted into an assembly with the Place
tool. They were then converted to assemblies containing correctly sized parts. Drawings could be automated from here, or output generated for CNC equipment. More on the last page of this Inventor tutorial…

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