Inventor 2012 Stress and Frame Analysis book now available

The latest version of the Inventor Analysis book is now available. The format of the book has slightly changed in that it is smaller in size and book is now dedicated to Analysis section of Inventor only. Part 2 of the book will cover dynamic simulation. The book is still in full colour and more importantly now costs a lot less than the previous editions at $49.99 from
The exercise files for the books are downloadable from this blog…See at the bottom of the blog page..
I hope you will find this book useful and at the same enjoyable to read.

  1. #1 by Valdemar on September 20, 2011 - 1:22 am

    it seems to be that exercise files do not contain all intended data. example: file ‘Tie-rod.ipt’ can not find OLE Links Files
    ‘Tie-rod_sat_{EBBE018B-0709-4CC4-9402-7E8D3E7FFB2A}.fsat’ and etc.

    • #2 by Wasim on November 20, 2011 - 10:20 am

      Hi I have uploaded new dataset for 2012 on my blog which is working OK.

  2. #3 by Sam Bixler on January 12, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    I just downloaded the 2012 DS Exercise files. contained three files which WinZip 9.0 SR-1 could not extract. Could you re-zip Chapter 5 and repost, please?

    • #4 by Wasim on January 12, 2012 - 3:50 pm

      Have you tried downloading from 2011 dataset as they are identical

    • #5 by Wasim on January 12, 2012 - 3:50 pm

      Have you tried downloading from 2011 dataset as they are identical

    • #6 by Wasim on January 12, 2012 - 3:54 pm

      Yes you are right will fix now

  3. #7 by Wasim on January 12, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    Just uploaded chapter5 file in part 2 folder of 2012 dataset

  4. #8 by Paul Marsh on July 17, 2013 - 4:34 pm


    I’m a new comer to inventor pro and and the simulation. I’ve attended a brief training session and I’ve purchased your book “Up&Running Autodesk Inventor Pro 2014 – Part 1″. Mainly as a guide but more specifically because I am working on a project designing the container pretty much as per your final example in the book. All good so far…
    However, I’m having some issues and I’ve not been able to resolve them. Your blog seems a little out of date. Can you tell me where the blog or dialogue for the your latest book Part 1 is? I am looking specifically for the end of the Note: Chapter 17 p305; ” Fixing rotation about global X-Axis will make the model….?” What did you mean by this ?

    Also I’m not able to understand why the rigid link that you use to simulate a lifting sling, made from wire with hard eyes as per your front cover, would be rigid in Displacement X and/or Y. From my interpretation of the idea of rigid links, this would mean your simulation doesn’t show real compression in the top rails. Can you help clarify? I think I’m getting the wrong idea.

    Best regards,


    • #9 by Wasim on July 17, 2013 - 5:58 pm

      Hi Paul

      By allowing rotational degree of freedom of the rigid links will make the slings very rigid. As the slings are attached by a pin connection that will allow the container to swing. Allowing to release rotations of the rigid links will simulate the slings more accurately and induce bending in the top members

      You can see from the pictures that there is stress in the top members

      Alternatively you can model the slings using very rigid material and beam elements

      Hope this helps

      Yes I agree my blog is out of date meaning to update it but been extremely busy


      • #10 by Paul Marsh on July 19, 2013 - 10:39 am


        Thank you for your very prompt response on Wednesday. I understand that you are extremely busy at the moment and appreciate the time taken to respond to my questions.

        I am still unsure of some elements of Inventor Frame Analysis and the guidance in your book. If you have the time, could you please help me understand the following?

        Does a rigid link between a Parent Node and a Child Node constrain all nodes or just the Child Node(s) and just the Parent Node?

        Rotation of rigid links will make the slings very rigid, but the slings are cable/wire rope and only relatively rigid when in Tension. I like the way you employ rigid links to simulate slings as I don’t want their mechanical properties to become part of the analysis, but I’m not completely sure I have understood their application.

        What do you mean by the statement on page 305 “Fixing rotation about global X-Axis will make the model”? I think there is a word missing or an incorrect word.

        I have assumed that the model is orientated so that the X-Axis is parallel with the long edge of the container, the Y-Axis is parallel with the Short and Z-Axis is vertical. Fixing the model about the global X-Axis will not simulate any effect on the structure due to rotation parallel to the long edge at the lifting point/pin connection, which I understand as being true; it is pinned and will rotate on an axis close to the Y-Axis. However, if the rigid link also fixes the lifting point/pin connection in the all three axis for displacement [X, Y and Z], then the stresses in the top rail members aren’t a true simulation of how the structure would respond to lifting with cable/wire rope slings connected at a master link.

        Any guidance is much appreciated.

        Best Regards,


  5. #11 by Eric Miller on March 27, 2015 - 4:11 pm

    Hello Wasim, I have a potential order for up to 25 of your 2014 Inventor Simulation books, but there are not enough available on Amazon. Please advise as to how I can purchase that many books.

    • #12 by Wasim on March 27, 2015 - 4:17 pm

      Hi Eric are you after both parts of 2014 or just part 1.

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