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Starting new files in Inventor

Getting started with Autodesk Inventor and a quick explanation on the different options in creating a new file.  Once Inventor is open, there are the typical options of starting a new project or opening an existing one.  This is an explanation of the “Create New File” popup after one clicks the “New” button.  There are additional options for templates, once you open the “en-US” folder on the left, but the standard templates will probably cover the majority of your needs.  There are even options of making your own templates as well.


There are many options, but if you are new to Inventor, you probably need to start with part files.  There are two types of part files: Sheet Metal and Standard. 

The Standard template pretty much does everything, whether the part file is for a raw cast part or a machined finished part; it even has a “Convert to Sheet Metal” feature. 



The Sheet Metal template is specifically for when you are making parts from formed sheet metal and includes specific commands geared toward making sheet metal parts. (Not available in Inventor LT.)




Once you get a few part files, you may continue onto an assembly of these part files.  There are a couple options here as well: Standard and Weldment.

 Like with the part files, the “Standard” template does everything you might need.  (Not available in Inventor LT.)




The “Weldment” is for when you have multiple parts joined by welding and you need to include that welding information. (Not available in Inventor LT.)




For all of these you would need a drawing.  The options here are essentially format options: DWG or IDW. 




If you work in assemblies and you want to create animations and exploded views, you would use the Presentation template. (Not available in Inventor LT.)