Illustrated Guide to Weldments in Inventor

In line with Autodesk’s paradigm of having the model as the ‘source of truth’, it is possible to specify welding detail within an Inventor model. This is fantastically useful as it is also then possible to pull this information onto a 2D drawing. In this illustrated guide to weldments, we will explore the processes of converting an assembly into a weldment, defining welding details, and pulling this information onto a 2D drawing.

Step 1: Converting an Assembly into a Weldment

Convert to weldment
Convert to weldment confirmation
Convert to weldment options

Step 2: Creating Welds and Specifying Weld Symbols
Part 2A: Weld Preparations

Set weld preparations
Set weld preparations
Set weld preparations
Set weld preparations
Set weld preparations
Weld preparation successful

Part 2B: Welds and Welding Symbols

Adding welds and weld symbols
Adding welds and weld symbols
Adding welds and weld symbols
Adding welds and weld symbols
Adding welds and weld symbols
Adding welds and weld symbols

Part 2B: Welds and Welding Symbols

Sketch and modelling tools
Adding holes for machining
Adding holes for machining
Adding holes for machining

Bonus: Weld Calculations

Welding Calculator

Step 3: Detailing Welds on Drawings

Welds and machining details hidden
Welds visible and machining details hidden
Welds and machining details visible
Welding symbols from the model
Full Weldment Details on Drawing

Conclusion

From this guide, you have seen how to define weldments in Inventor, and detail them in drawings. Through an excellent architecture, Autodesk have been successful in keeping the model as the source of truth. If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Man and Machine. Our qualified engineers will have you an expert in all things Inventor in no time!

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