Now that you’ve reset the color scheme to Presentation we’re going to look at the features on the Open dialog box.
This dialog box is similar to a standard open dialog box you’ll find in most programs. The Look In window shows the default folder where files are stored, and the file selection window shows the files and subfolders in the default folder. At the bottom you can enter the filename, and just below the filename window is the Files of Type window.
The first row displays all the Inventor file types, and the next 5 rows sets the display to a specific Inventor file type. You can also open other file types like AutoCAD files, IGES files, and other translated files. We’re going to leave the Files of Type window set to all the Inventor file types so that we can easily open any Inventor file.
Just below the Files of Type window is the Project window. This window shows that the current project is the Default project. In the next lesson you’ll create a project and you’ll learn more about how to use this window. For now we’re going to look at the types of files Inventor can create.
If you look at the bottom left of the dialog box you can see the Quick Launch section. The New File command is in this section and it’s the same command as the New File command on the ribbon. You can click either of these commands to open the New File dialog box. Now if you look in the Quick Launch section you can see the Open command is available. If you click this command, the Open dialog box appears. So the Quick Launch section is used to toggle between the Open and New File dialog boxes.
If you open the New File dialog box you’ll see the file templates used to create all the file types Inventor can create, and the Default tab shows the file types based on your installation of Inventor. If you selected the inch unit of measure during the installation, these templates use inches, and likewise if you selected millimeters, the Default templates use millimeters.
This course uses the ANSI standard and both inches and millimeters, and as you saw in the Introduction, Metric and English conversion notes appear so that you can use whichever unit you prefer. You can also use the English tab to create Inventor files that use the Inch unit of measure, and the Metric tab has all the metric templates. The Default tab on my system uses inches, so for now I’ll be using inches and if you’re using millimeters you’ll have to use the conversion notes or you can use the templates in the English tab. Now let’s talk about the templates.
The Standard part template has the extension IPT, which stands for Inventor Part. So this template is used to make a single part. The Sheet Metal template also has the extension IPT, so as you might have guessed, this template is used to make a single Sheet Metal part.
The Standard DWG template is used to make a 2-Dimensional AutoCAD drawing, and the Standard IAM file creates assemblies. IAM stands for Inventor Assembly, and as you can see there’s also a Weldment assembly template, but all you need to know at this time is IAM templates create assemblies.
When you create your parts and assemblies you can quickly create 2-Dimensional drawing files using the Standard IDW template, which stands for Inventor Drawing, and the last template is used to create Presentations like animated exploded views. IPN stands for Inventor Presentation.
We’ll use all the templates extensively throughout the courses, but before you use a template to create a file you need to create a project. Projects control where your files are stored. So before you create a file you need to specify where you want to store it. In the next lesson you’ll create a project and then you’ll be ready to create your first part.