Video Tutorial: How to Subtract Solids in Autodesk Inventor

Posted on Feb. 27, 2019 by Manufacturing Applications Consultant, Dave Breiner

In this Autodesk Inventor tutorial, we’ll be looking at how to subtract one solid from another in an Inventor assembly by using a mating part. This can provide immediate time-savings to your designs and prevent you from having to create 2-3 sketches to achieve the same result.

We’ll be demonstrating the following steps:

Step 1: Edit the part you’re looking to remove the material from.
Step 2: From the Modify panel, navigate to Copy Object.
Step 3: From the Copy Object pop-up, select Body. Then, click on the solid that will be used for creating the cut.
Step 4: Navigate to the Surface panel and select the Sculpt command.
Step 5: With the Sculpt command, select the surface you would like to remove. Click OK to apply.
Step 6: If a lump or void remains, you can remove it with the Delete Face command.

Watch the video tutorial below to see in action how to remove the material of a part in an assembly using the outside surface of a mating part in Autodesk Inventor.

Interested in learning more about Autodesk Inventor? Learn how to project geometry in an assembly and update multiple iProperties at once in our previous blog posts. Plus, check out our Inventor Tips Playlist on our YouTube channel.

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