Design style requirements

Top | Previous | Next

Autodesk Inventor software supports a variety of different design techniques. These may include Bottom-Up, Top-Down, Skeletal or Multi-Body design methods. Each method has its own strengths and weaknesses. Consult online sources for more information about these design methods.

When creating the geometry of furniture components, Woodwork for Inventor gives unlimited options in using all the available design techniques. The add-on enables the constructor to draw on the data from previous projects as well as any design technique or their combination.

As seen by practice, the best result is achieved by using a Multi-Body design method in combination with Make Components command. This method allows the user to construct part bodies of complex geometry in a single space, and, if necessary, setup complex relationships between their geometry. This facilitates the automatic generation of a furniture assembly. This model ensures stability even when changing different furniture parameters. It remains stable even when setting up relationships between rather complex geometries or a large amount of components. Moreover, this method enables the command to efficiently break down a large design task into smaller interrelated individual tasks. In this way the user can efficiently design complex store equipment or an exhibition stand, yacht interior or other objects equipped with furniture. Models designed in this way are easy to copy and use as furniture prototypes in the design of future products. A more experienced user will find it rather easy to change the topological constraints between furniture parts and obtain a furniture item of a brand new structure.

The adaptive design method which is popular among beginners is highly intuitive, yet can be unstable when it is applied on a wide scale in the design process. Nevertheless, in some cases, a creative use of individual parts designed using the adaptive method can also accelerate and facilitate the design process. This is useful when the part is of auxiliary nature and it is self-adapting rather than imposing geometry forms on other parts in an assembly.

Other additional design methods, when used creatively and properly, will further enhance the quality and speed of the design process.