by David Gate
Included with the Product Design Suite and Factory Design suite is a product called Inventor Fusion 2013. Autodesk® Inventor® Fusion is 3D modelling software that showcases intuitive direct manipulation capabilities for unrivalled ease of use. By uniting direct modelling and parametric workflows, Inventor Fusion offers the best of both worlds. Designers can freely explore complex shapes and forms while maintaining the underlying parametric history. Inventor Fusion makes it easy to open and edit 3D models from almost any source and incorporate them into your design.
One of the really nice things about Inventor Fusion is how it links directly with Inventor. This video shows you the use of both Inventor and Inventor Fusion to model a component. Taking a simple lofted base model into Inventor Fusion allows you to pull the form and shape of the component around. Creating more free form and complex shaped components. Before the model is taken through to Fusion I used the split face command to create some extra faces. This can also be done in Fusion as well as extra edges which can be added. Once in Fusion the body work is pulled around and an engine scoop created. This can then be taken back into Inventor and the freeform alteration is recorded in the model browser.