Inventor Video Tutorials

Hello FIRST members and alumni. We have launched a channel on YouTube that may be beneficial to the FRC teams as well as others. Currently we are creating and uploading video tutorials for Autodesk Inventor and will create videos for 3ds Max and Maya (as well as other programs). Since we are unable to help out directly [due to scheduling], we are hoping that these videos will possibly help teams within the FRC. If there is anything that teams/members wish to see uploaded, just let us know.

Inventor Video Tutorials Link

We do not intend for this post to be construed as spam or anything along that line; we are just wanting to help spread information and tips/tricks involved with these programs [since our designers have years of design experience].

I’d love to see some design accelerator stuff, especially the ones that relate to power transmission (gears, shafts, bearings, cams etc.) along with stress and frame analysis.

Good job!

Looking forward to reviewing the tutorials.

For Design Accelerator, check out the Built By Design tutorials. The Chapter 2 tutorials have a section on Chain and Sprocket. Here is the link.

Built by Design has some really good tutorials! Design Accelerator [and design assistant (something that people tend to ignore)] are both in the line up for videos. The following list are videos for Inventor and Maya that will be posted in the near future.


  • Creating 2d sketches
  • Geometric and Dimensioned Constraints
  • Creating Base sketched features
  • Extrusions
  • Chamfers and Fillets
  • iProperties
  • BOMs (Bill of Materials)
  • Work Planes, Axis and Points
  • Revolved Features
  • Lofted Parts
  • Creating Sweeps
  • Rectangular, Circular and Mirrored Features
  • Holes and Threads
  • Ribs and Shells
  • Assembly Design Approaches and Environment
  • Assembly Construction
  • Assembly View Representations and Levels of Detail
  • Assembly Shrinkwrapping
  • Design Accelorator Features
  • Force and Pressure Simulations
  • Weldments: Welds and Machining
  • Sheet metal part construction
  • Presentation Creation [Exploded Models]
  • Drawing Creation
  • Creating Views: Base, Projected and Section Views
  • Creating Views: Exploded, Cropped, Broken and Detail Views
  • Drawing Dimensions
  • Drawing Notes and Annotations
  • Drawing Symbols, Tables and BOMs
  • Drawing Styles and Standards
  • Drawing Sheets and Custom Title Blocks
  • Design Assistant


  • Importing models from other file formats
  • Essential Training
  • Interface and Organization
  • Polygonal Modeling Techniques
  • Advanced Modeling Techniques
  • Character Rigging and IK Rigs
  • NURBS Modeling Techniques
  • Textures and Materials
  • Shader Networks
  • Animation Fundamentals
  • Lighting
  • Camera Control
  • Rendering (Software and MentalRay)
  • Rendering (VRay)
  • Particle Systems
  • nCloth Systems
  • Vehicle Rigging
  • Maya Liquid Simulations and Fluid Effects
  • Maya Fur and Hair
  • Qualoth Plugin
  • Shave and a Haircut Plugin
  • CryEngine Exporter
  • Yeti Plugin
  • Pulldownit Destruction Simulator Plugin
  • Golaem Crowd Plugin
  • MentalCore Renderer
  • Krakatoa Particle Plugin