Saturday, March 10, 2012

Navigation In Autodesk Inventor - Overview



  1. Download the dataset.
  2. Save it to a project folder of an existing Inventor project. Set the project active. Learn more about Inventor Projects and Project Files.
  3. Open the part file: Menu Browser menu browser> Open menu > Open > Navigation_Infant_Scooter_Front_End_Assy.iam


Navigation in Autodesk Inventor embodies those operations carried out in order to view the model from different positions, directions (or orientations) and perspectives. When you navigate around your model, the position and orientation of the model with respect to the user-coordinate system is not altered.

Autodesk Inventor contains very interesting tools that allows you to have complete control of how your model is viewed and positioned in your Graphics Area.


At the end of this lesson, the reader should be able:

  1. Explain the concept of navigation in Autodesk Inventor.
  2. Outline the tools available for navigation in Autodesk Inventor.
  3. Explain the basic concept of the navigation tools.


1. PAN Tool

The Pan tool is used for moving the graphics area around.

2. ZOOM Tool

The Zoom tool is used to magnify or de-magnify the view of your models.

3. ORBIT Tool

The Orbit tool is used for viewing your model from different directions.

4. SteeringWheel Tool

The SteeringWheel is a graphical tool that brings together all the navigation tools including Pan, Zoom, Orbit, Rewind, Look, Walk, Up/Down, and Center.

5. ViewCube Tool

The Viewcube is a UI element that is used for changing the views of the model in the Graphics Area.

6. View FaceTool

The View Face tool is used for reorienting the Graphics Area normally to a planar face, plane, or sketch.

Other related lessons are:

  1. Navigation in Autodesk Inventor - The PAN tool

  2. Navigation in Autodesk Inventor - The ZOOM tool

  3. Navigation in Autodesk Inventor - The ORBIT tool

  4. Navigation in Autodesk Inventor - The SteeringWheel tool

  5. Navigation in Autodesk Inventor - The Viewcube tool


I hope you learnt a lot from this lesson. If you have any questions, please drop a comment, and I will answer ASAP. Thank you.