A lot of the rant is just the frustration of learning a new software.
I got decent step files out of Inventor all the time. You do have to check the Options before you save to make sure it set to the correct units, etc.
3D piece of brass sheet metal with one bend & two holes
Post a basic sketch and someone who is experienced with Inventor will provide you with an file example of your part. It should be quite simple.
Inventor is not AutoCAD (I use them both). If you take the time to learn the program it is a very powerful program and quite easy to use. Your rant speaks to your lack of understanding of parametric modelers and your attempt to use a parametric modeling program as if it were AutoCAD. You're not the first to get frustrated in your attempt to transition, but I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone so ****-sure that they were right and everyone else who uses the program to design are wrong.
btw, if you don't like the Ribbon you can turn it off in Inventor 2010.
I say keep on ranting, it's been an amusing thread so far!
I have no problems learning a new software package but when I followthe first tutorials and the very first steps are not communicated properly......what is one going to do? Call autodesk and say, "Hey, I couldtnt follow the very first step of your tutorials!" I mean the very first step is not correct....the results on my screen do not even come close to what the tutorials have. The videos on youtube were far better. Who ever is writing their tutorials should run some use cases through their steps, because I can assure you, that I have and the results arent good.
Here is another example of confusing directions in the tutorials:
Click Model tab
Pattern panel Rectangular . The Features selection arrow is selected. Pick the Hole. If you are viewing the hole in a plan view, it is difficult to select the hole on the part. Rotate the view slightly in 3D before selecting the hole on the part. You can also select the hole directly in the Model browser. ImportantDo NOT select the extruded body, or it will be patterned with the hole.
For example, if you choose the lower model or sketch edge, the horizontal pattern direction is to the left. If you choose the upper model or sketch edge, the horizontal pattern direction is to the right.
Use the Flip direction arrow to reverse the direction. Set the count to two, and then highlight the text in the dimension spacing field. With the text highlighted, select the horizontal sketch dimension to use the dimension value for the spacing. Pick the Direction 2 arrow, and then pick a vertical model or sketch edge. Set the count to two, and then highlight the text in the dimension field. Select the vertical reference dimension to use the dimension value.
If you can think of a way to improve a tutorial, please do so. The WikiHelp allows us to edit the tutorials. I believe we are also able to embed or link to videos from YouTube. Here is a link to IV2012 Tutorials.
I believe it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. Make a contribution - edit a WikiHelp today.
I am just amazed by the great support the community is providing. I use the help of this community very often.
There are few other good resources on You Tube. Just search for Inventor tutorials or lessons there. You will find tons of basic lessons that will bring you up the speed.
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