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File types and templates in Inventor:-
You can open existing files, or start new files using templates. To see the templates, click the Application menu and then click on "New". In the New File dialog box, templates with predefined units are available in the file types for your application. Tabs in the dialog box contain the different standards.
Note: Before you open a file or start a new file, create or activate a project file to set the file location.
A template can contain property information, such as part and project data, and drawing views. You can see information stored in a file by viewing its properties.
Templates storage folders
Templates are stored in the following folders in the English or Metric subfolders.
Windows 7 and Windows 8®: C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Inventor(version number)\Templates
Subfolders in the Templates folder display as tabs in the Open New File dialog box.
You can create and save custom templates in the Templates folder.
1. inventor Part (.ipt) Files definition:
you might be wondering, what does ipt stand for in inventor?
When you open a part file, you are in the part environment. Part commands manipulate sketches, features, and bodies that combine to make parts. You can insert a single body part into assemblies, and constrain them in positions they occupy when the assembly is manufactured. You can extract multiple part files from a multi-body part.
Most parts start with a sketch. A sketch is the profile of a feature and any geometry (such as a sweep path or axis of rotation) required to create the feature.
A part model is a collection of features. If necessary, solid bodies in a multi-body part file can share features. Sketch constraints control geometric relationships such as parallel and perpendicular. Dimensions control the size. Collectively this method is called Parametric modeling. You can adjust the constraints or dimensional parameters that control the size and shape of a model, and automatically see the effect of your modifications.
The following image shows a single body part (upper half of the image), and a multi-body part (lower half of the image). Notice the different part icons in each image.
2. what is the file extension of an inventor Assembly Files?
you might be wondering, what does the file extension .iam mean?
in Autodesk Inventor, you place components that act as a single functional unit into an assembly document.Assembly constraints define the relative position these components occupy with respect to each other. An example is the axis of a shaft aligning with a hole in a different component.
When you create or open an assembly file, you are in the assembly environment. Assembly commands manipulate whole subassemblies and assemblies. You can group parts that function together as a single unit and then insert the subassembly into another assembly.
You can insert parts into an assembly or use sketch and part commands to create parts in the context of an assembly. During these operations, all other components in the assembly are visible.
To complete a model, you can create assembly features that affect multiple components, such as holes that pass through multiple parts. Assembly features often describe specific manufacturing processes such as post-machining.
3. Presentation (.ipn) Files
Presentation files are a multi-purpose file type. Use a presentation file to:
Create an exploded view of an assembly to use in a drawing file.
Create an animation which shows the step by step assembly order. The animation can contain view changes and the visibility state of components at each step in the assembly process. You can save the animation to a .wmv or .avi file format.
4. Drawing (.idw, .dwg) Files
After you create a model, you can create a drawing to document your design. In a drawing, you place views of a model on one or more drawing sheets. Then you add dimensions and other drawing annotations to document the model.
A drawing that documents an assembly can contain an automated parts list and item balloons in addition to the required views.
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