Autodesk Inventor Professional - The Complete Guide

This courses give you a solid understanding of Inventor Professional features and capabilities, from the basics to complex 3D modeling.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 75 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Inventor Professional
  • Drawing Sketches for Solid Models
  • Adding Constraints and Dimensions to Sketches
  • Editing, Extruding and Revolving the Sketches
  • Other Sketching and Modeling Options
  • Advanced Modeling Tools-I
  • Editing Features and Adding Automatic Dimensions to Sketches
  • Advanced Modeling Tools-II
  • Assembly Modeling-I
  • Assembly Modeling-II
  • Working with Drawing Views-I
  • Working with Drawing Views-II
  • Presentations
  • Working with Special Design Tools
  • Working with Sheet Metal Components
  • Introduction to Weldments
  • Miscellaneous Tools
  • Introduction to Stress Analysis
  • Introduction to Plastic Mold Design
  • Introduction to Tube & Pipe
  • Rigid Pipe
  • Tubing
  • Self-Draining Pipe
  • Flexible Hose
  • Component Authoring
  • Tube and Pipe Documentation
  • Introduction to the Cable and Harness Environment
  • Harnesses
  • Ribbon Cables
  • Harness Documentation

Course Description

Inventor Professional is a parametric CAD software that offers an easy-to-use set of tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation. Digital Prototyping with Inventor helps you design and validate your products before they are built – to deliver better products, reduce development costs, and get to market faster.

Inventor Professional The Complete Guide is designed to give you a solid understanding of Inventor features and capabilities from the basics through to advanced and complex 3D modeling components.  You’ll follow a workflow-based approach, creating 2D drawings from 3D data, modeling parts, combining parts into assemblies, annotating drawings, using advanced assembly tools, working with sheet metal, plastic parts, and simulation. Topics also include the tools and analyses for adding Tubing and Piping to an Inventor model, as well as describing how to add Cables and Harnesses.

To get the most out of this course, we strongly recommend you review every topic within the course, and use all the learning styles to ensure you retain the important information within. We also encourage you to take all the progress tests to ensure you have retained the knowledge, and most importantly practice with the hundreds of real-world, Let Me Try examples.

Autodesk Certification Objectives: The “!” Symbol indicates an Autodesk Certification Exam Objective.  Focus on these areas to prepare for your certification exam.

Course Outline

Autodesk Inventor Professional Course Outline

New for Inventor Professional

  • R2 Enhancements
  • R3 Enhancements
  • General Updates
  • Sketching Enhancements
  • Part Enhancements
  • Technical Specifications
  • Assembly and Drawing Enhancements
  • Technical Specifications
  • Interoperability Updates
  • Presentations

Introduction to Autodesk Inventor

  • Getting Started with Autodesk Inventor
  • Working with Drawing Display Tools
  • Important Terms and Definitions
  • Drawing Sketches for Solid Models
  • Understanding the Sketching Environment
  • Drawing Sketched Entities I
  • Drawing Sketched Entities II
  • Fillets, Chamfers, and Splines

Adding Constraints and Dimensions to Sketches

  • Working with Geometric Constraints
  • Working with Dimensional Constraints
  • Measuring Sketched Entities

Editing, Extruding and Revolving the Sketches

  • Editing Sketched Entities
  • Creating Patterns, Adding Text and Images
  • Extruding, Revolving, Primitives and Freeforms
  • Rotating the View and Controlling the Display

Other Sketching and Modeling Options

  • Creating Work Planes
  • Creating Work Axes and Points
  • Other Extrusion and Revolution Options

Advanced Modeling Tools – I

  • Creating Holes
  • Creating Fillets and Chamfers
  • Moving the Faces and Editing Features
  • Project Entities in the Sketching Environment

Advanced Modeling Tools – II

  • Sweeps, Lofts, Coils and Threads
  • Shells, Drafts and Splits
  • Editing Surfaces
  • Editing without Using Sketches

Assembly Modeling – I

  • Understanding Assembly Modeling
  • Assembling Components using the Constrain Tool
  • Applying Joints to the Assembly
  • Relationships, Moving and Rotating Components

Assembly Modeling – II

  • Editing Assembly Constraints and Components
  • Modifying Components in An Assembly
  • Analyzing Assemblies and Creating Representations

Working with Drawing Views

  • Drawing Standards
  • Dimension Styles
  • Annotating the Drawing


  • The Presentation Module
  • Animating an Assembly

Working with Special Design Tools

  • Adaptive Parts and Defining Parameters
  • iParts
  • 3D Sketches

Working with Sheet Metal Components

  • Understanding Sheet Metal
  • Additional Sheet Metal Options

Introduction to Weldments

  • Understanding Weldments
  • Editing Weldments
  • Adding the Finishing Touches

Miscellaneous Tools

  • Sketches
  • iMates
  • Title Blocks

Introduction to Stress Analysis

  • Introduction to Analysis
  • More on Analysis
  • Starting an Analysis
  • Applying Constraints and Loads

Introduction to Plastic Mold Design

  • Starting with Plastic Mold Design
  • Adjusting the Model
  • Generating the Core and Cavity
  • Runners, Wells, and Channels

Introduction to Tube & Pipe

  • Creating your First Tube & Pipe Assembly

Rigid Pipe

  • Rigid Pipe Styles
  • Routing Pipe
  • Pipe Fittings
  • Other Rigid Pipe Tools


  • Routing Tube
  • Working with Tube Routes
  • Fittings

Self-Draining Pipe

  • Building Self Draining Pipe

Flexible Hose

  • Building Flexible Hoses
  • Working with Flexible Hoses

Component Authoring

  • Building Your Own Tube & Pipe Components
  • Tube and Pipe Documentation

Drawings and Annotation

  • Bill of Materials, Parts Lists, and Ballooning
  • Exporting Data

Introduction to the Cable and Harness Environment

  • The Cable and Harness Environment
  • Harnesses
  • Building the Harness
  • Working with the Harness

Ribbon Cables

  • Creating Ribbon Cables

Harness Documentation

  • Reports and Documentation
  • Nailboard Drawings

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

Certification Objectives

Inventor Professional Certification Roadmap


  • Create a 3D path using the Intersection Curve and the Project to Surface commands
  • Create a loft feature
  • Create a multi-body part
  • Create a part using surfaces
  • Create a sweep feature
  • Create an iPart Emboss text and a profile


  • Apply and use assembly constraints
  • Apply and use assembly joints Create a level of detail
  • Create a part in the context of an assembly
  • Describe and use Shrinkwrap
  • Create a positional representation
  • Create components using the Design Accelerator commands
  • Modify a bill of materials
  • Find minimum distance between parts and components
  • Use the frame generator commands


  • Edit a section view
  • Modify a style in a drawing
  • Edit a hole table


  • Create a pattern of features
  • Create a shell feature
  • Create extrude features
  • Create hole features
  • Create revolve features
  • Create work features
  • Use the Project Geometry and Project Cut Edges commands
  • Edit existing parts using Direct Edit


  • Animate a presentation file


  • Control a project file


  • Create sheet metal features


  • Create dynamic input dimensions
  • Use sketch constraints
  • Sketch using Relax Mode


  • Create a weldment

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