smooth surface models in the popular computer aided design (CAD) program for engineers mechanical.
T-Splines were invented in 2003 and were first available as an add-on for Rhino. Autodesk acquired the technology in 2011, introducing it for the first time
in Autodesk Fusion 360. The technology now comes as a tool palette within Inventor, significantly enhancing the program's capabilities for smooth surface modeling.
Infinite Skills' Mastering Autodesk Inventor - T-Splines Tutorial demonstrates how to use these powerful tools with a highly focused course that includes projects
to learn how to apply the lessons in everyday design situations.
Mastering Autodesk Inventor - T-Splines Training Video
Course author Paul Munford began his career as a carpenter building sets for the film and television industry. Later he moved into the world of digital design,
eventually becoming an expert in 3D drawing. He has won the Manufacturing Community Achievement Award from Autodesk and is a member of the Autodesk Expert Elite.
Munford begins by explaining the basics of subdivision modeling along with the differences between traditional subdivision modeling and free-form modeling with
The Course then covers all the tools available in Inventor for freeform modeling, looking at creating t-spline primitives, manipulating, applying and removing
symmetries, working with faces, and much more.
Munford then guides students through three projects, starting with a spoon, then increasing the complexity with a cup, and finally with a saw. As Munford
guides students through all the steps of design, he demonstrates the use of each tool and the techniques for using them correctly in a design situation.
"T-Splines are an exciting new tool within Inventor," says Munford. "Now Inventor users can take advantage of the full capabilities of free-form modeling
directly within the program. T-splines offer a completely different way to create models of smooth, free-flowing surfaces."