Fast-track Autodesk Inventor course for those familiar with SolidWorks or Fusion 360 for 3D modelling.
If you use SolidWorks or Fusion 360 for 3D modelling, you’re already familiar with the principles behind Autodesk Inventor. For such users, we can provide an introductory level course in two days, rather than the usual three.
The syllabus is similar to our Inventor Essentials course. However, being familiar with the general principles behind sketching, 3D modelling, assemblies, you’ll work through the topics at a faster pace.
Once you’ve covered the basics, you’ll spend any time remaining looking at techniques in Inventor relevant to your 3D models.
Inventor – transitioning from SolidWorks or Fusion 360 training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.
In-class or online
Our centres are open for in-class training, with full safety measures implemented. Where numbers allow, you’ll sit at a desk without anyone sitting next to you.
All courses are available in our popular live online format.
Accredited Inventor training
Armada is a long-standing Autodesk authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our Inventor training courses are accredited by Autodesk.
Inventor 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 comprehensive training guide for Inventor, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited Inventor training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk.
After course support
Following Inventor 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 application they’re transitioning from, i.e. SolidWorks or Fusion 360. No prior Inventor knowledge is required.
Training can be based on any version of Inventor to suit you.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for Inventor training can be made by:
- Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
- Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months. For further details, see Staged payments.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies or public sector organisations.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Inventor – transitioning from SolidWorks or Fusion 360 course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Inventor – transitioning from SolidWorks or Fusion 360 course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
Inventor – transitioning from SolidWorks or Fusion 360 courses are hosted by:
Carl Portman has been an Autodesk-accredited instructor for 25 years, a College Lecturer (City and Guilds 3D modelling) for 15 years and a CAD consultant for 35 years.
Carl’s background is in engineering. He has vast design experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace and medical, and he continues to carry out project work for a range of clients. 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 used in engineering, including AutoCAD, Alias, Fusion 360, Inventor and SolidWorks.
- Machining, CAM and CNC.
Away from work, Carl’s passion is motorsport, and until recently he raced motorbikes. He knows Silverstone and Brands Hatch like the back of his hand, and he has the scars to prove it.
Andy 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 AutoCAD, Inventor, Fusion 360, 3ds Max and Sketchbook, as well as Dassault Systemes 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.
- Autodesk Inventor user interface
- View manipulation
- Designing parametric parts
Basic sketching techniques
- Creating 2D sketches
- Geometric constraints
- Dimensioning sketches
Basic shape design
- Creating basic sketched features
- Editing parametric parts
- 3D grip editing
- Creating work features
- Creating basic swept shapes
Detailed shape design
- Creating chamfers and fillets
- Creating holes and threads
- Patterning and mirroring features
- Creating thin-walled parts
Assembly design overview
- Designing assemblies
- Using project files in assembly designs
Placing, creating and constraining components
- Placing components in an assembly
- Constraining components
- Placing standard components using the content center
- Basic part design in an assembly
Interacting with an assembly
- Identifying parts in an assembly
- Analysis and motion tools
- Presenting your assembly
Basic view creation
- Drawing creation environment
- Base and projected views
- Section views
- Detail views
- Crop views
- Managing views
Dimensions, annotations and tables
- Automated dimensioning techniques
- Manual dimensioning techniques
- Annotating holes and threads
- Creating centerlines, symbols and leaders
- Revision tables and tags
Annotating assembly drawings
- Assembly-centric bill of materials
- Creating and customising parts lists
- Creating balloons
Drawing standards and resources
- Setting drawing standards
- Drawing resources
Live online training
Online training lets you participate in a live Inventor course from your place of work or home.
We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:
- See and hear our trainer, and the other delegates participating in the course…
- Watch our trainer demonstrate techniques in Inventor.
- Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
- Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to take control to explain something.
Like our in-class courses, online Inventor – transitioning from SolidWorks or Fusion 360 courses…
- Are presented by Autodesk Certified Instructors.
- Give you plenty of opportunity to carry out assisted, practical exercises using Inventor.
- Offer 30 days’ email support from your trainer.
All you need is an Internet-connected computer with…
- Inventor installed. If you don’t have access to Inventor, we can usually send you a link to fully-functional trial software to download and install.
- A webcam and audio capability. If your computer running Inventor doesn’t have these, you can use a second device, such as another computer or tablet. See Hardware recommendations for live online training for further details.
If there’s anything you’re not sure about we’ll do our best to help you. We won’t be able to assist with your Inventor installation, but we can provide details for Autodesk support who’ll be able to help you with this.
We provide everything else…
- Links to download the files, resources, etc. you’ll use in your course.
- A training guide. For most courses, you can choose from a printed copy that we post to you, or a PDF.
In the week before your course, we’ll send you an email containing everything you need to prepare for and participate in the training. Then, a couple of days before your course, we’ll give you a courtesy call to make sure you have everything in place and answer any questions you may have.
Please note that we are not able to record scheduled online courses for privacy reasons.
When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time
When you attend Inventor training at Armada, you’re not assessed. Our courses have been developed to teach you skills you can use in the real world, not pass an exam. Separately, and in addition to our training, you have the option of taking a certification exam that leads to an industry-recognised credential in Inventor.
For Inventor, there is just one level of exam available: Autodesk Certified User.
Successful candidates receive:
- A personalised e-certificate (PDF) from Autodesk confirming their Inventor-certified status.
- An official Autodesk-Certified badge that you can use to market your skills, e.g. on your business cards, in your email signature, on your website, etc.
- The option of appearing in Autodesk’s publicly-accessible database of certified Inventor users.
Autodesk Certified User (ACU) exam in Inventor
Entry level exam covering the fundamental concepts and procedures in Inventor, as well as specific skills that are appropriate for ensuring a base level of proficiency in Inventor.
- Qualification: Autodesk Certified User in Inventor.
- Cost of exam: £100 + VAT per candidate.
- Length of exam: 75 minutes.
- Recommended preparation: Attend Fusion 360 Essentials or Fusion 360 – transitioning from SolidWorks or Inventor training, and have approximately 50 hours’ experience using the application.
- Further details: download exam guide.
If you book an exam with us, a practice test is available. The test reflects the questions you’re likely to be asked in your exam; you can take this test online from home.
The test has two modes:
- Testing mode, which replicates your exam.
- Training mode, which provides step-by-step help on questions.
The practice test fee is £45 + VAT.
The practice test can be retaken up to 100 times in a one-year period.
When can I take my exam?
You can take your exam in one of our monthly exam days.
Start time: 10am.
Exam sessions are hosted at our Saxon Business Park, Bromsgrove centre.
Further details about Autodesk certification can be found at: