4.1: Introduction

Computer Aided Design (CAD) is a critical tool engineers use to transform their napkin sketch ideas into actual three dimensional models.   Inventor is a powerful software package that allows engineers to design parts, create assemblies, animate assemblies and create real life renderings of their models.   CAD is one of the main ways an engineer can communicate their ideas to other parts of a company like Sales, Marketing and Technical Support.   Some say a picture is worth a thousand words; well, a 3D animated model is worth a million. 

Digital Prototyping with Inventor enables robotics teams to test a robot design before it’s built, identify potential design flaws and make corrections early in the design process, greatly reducing time spent on the physical build.  Inventor can help students design a winning robot, by guiding them through assembly creation and ensuring that all parts and components fit correctly.