Autodesk Inventor training
Inventor Sheet Metal Design training

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Key Details

Key Details

Teaches existing Autodesk Inventor users how to create and manage sheet metal designs.

The course begins by teaching basic sheet metal concepts and techniques, and then builds on this knowledge to cover complex modelling practices for forming sheet metal parts, assemblies and drawings.

As part of the course you’re taught a simple method for working out the K-Factor, key for anticipating Bend Deductions.

Inventor Sheet Metal Design training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) Inventor Sheet Metal Design courses.

We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

The training can be tailored to take into account your existing knowledge knowledge, and the sheet metal work you’re going to be doing in Inventor.

Accredited Inventor training

Armada is an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our Inventor sheet metal courses are accredited by Autodesk.

Inventor sheet metal courses are hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors, with vast experience of using the application professionally. For further details, see Expert trainers.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A highly-practical training guide for Inventor sheet metal, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited Inventor Sheet Metal Design training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Inventor sheet metal training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their Inventor trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


Delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of Inventor, i.e. have attended Inventor Essentials training or have equivalent knowledge through other means

Inventor Version

Training can be based on any recent version of Inventor to suit you.


General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this course for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for Inventor training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.


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Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Inventor Sheet Metal Design course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Inventor Sheet Metal Design course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainers

Expert trainers

Autodesk Inventor courses are hosted by Carl Portman and Andy Roe.

Carl Portman

Autodesk Inventor trainer Carl Portman

Carl Portman has been an Autodesk-accredited instructor for 25 years, and a CAD consultant for 35 years. He lectures in 3D modelling at a local college (City and Guilds).

Carl’s background is in engineering. He has vast design experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace and medical. Projects that Carl has completed include designing complete car plants for Jaguar Land Rover.

Carl has expert knowledge of a wide range of 3D design applications. As well as Inventor, he hosts courses in Autodesk Alias, AutoCAD and Fusion 360, and Dassault Systemes SolidWorks.

Until recently, Carl raced motorbikes. He knows Silverstone and Brands Hatch like the back of his hand, and he has the scars to prove it.

Andy Roe

Autodesk Inventor trainer Andy Roe

Andy Roe has worked in CAD for over 30 years in roles including Draughtsman, CAD System Manager, Project Manager and Design Engineer.

In recent years, Andy has focused on developing and delivering training courses. He is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), and he focuses primarily on Autodesk applications including Inventor, AutoCAD, Fusion 360, 3ds Max and Sketchbook. He also hosts courses in SolidWorks.

Andy continues to undertake project work to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices. He specialises in modelling complex 3D designs from prototype to production, including the development of visuals and animations for a range of engineering projects.

Industries in which Andy has significant experience include aerospace, defence and automotive.

Course content

Course content

Sheet metal overview

  • Introduction to sheet metal
  • Sheet metal design methods
  • Sheet metal styles
  • Industry techniques and standards

The sheet metal environment

  • Faces
  • Flanges
  • Contour Flanges
  • Hems

Sheet metal operations

  • Cutting
  • Sheet metal punching
  • Corner seams
  • Folding
  • Bending
  • Creating holes
  • Creating corner rounds and corner chamfers
  • Work features
  • Pattern features
  • Mirror features

Sheet metal design techniques

  • Sheet metal design approaches
  • Using skeletal models
  • Using legacy DXF and DWG flat layout geometry
  • Using legacy 3D geometry
  • Complex sheet metal creation techniques
  • Punch library setup

Using flat patterns

  • Flat pattern creation and cleanup
  • DXF and DWG export
  • Tolerances in bends

Documenting sheet metal designs

  • Creating sheet metal drawings
  • Sheet metal documentation
  • Notating bend and punch tables

If you’re self-funding your training, you can now pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.