How Do I Add Autodesk Inventor Texture Material?

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How Do I Add Autodesk Inventor Texture Material?
Textures in Inventor can give you an idea of what your project will look like in the real world. (wood image by Amjad Shihab from

Autodesk Inventor is a high-end part and assembly simulator that allows inventors and engineers to create and test designs virtually. Creating inventions virtually cuts costs across the board and allows inventors to work faster. Inventor also allows teams of engineers to collaborate on projects like never before. Textures in Autodesk Inventor serve to coat the material in a real-world analogue of a material. This will allow you to get the sense that you are working with a real-world material.

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Things you need

  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Three-button mouse

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  1. 1

    Click "File" and then "New." Double-click the "Standard.ipt" icon.

  2. 2

    Move the mouse cursor into the "2D Sketch Panel" and click "Center Point Circle."

  3. 3

    Click within the grid and pull the mouse toward you until you have made a circle of a size that you like. Click again to complete the circle.

  4. 4

    Left-click on the "Return" button. Left-click on the "Extrude" button, located within the "Part Features" menu. Move the mouse over the circle until the entire circle becomes blue. Move the mouse cursor into the "Extrude" dialogue box and click "OK."

  5. 5

    Click the "As Material" drop-down menu and choose a texture to identify your new object with by clicking the appropriate material.

Tips and warnings

  • Each material from the "As Material" menu will give your object different properties. This is necessary to know when you go about simulating forces on your assemblies.

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