Creating section views with Autodesk Inventor. It's not a difficult thing. But there is a trick I sometimes use that I think is worth sharing on how to position the section line.
The most common way, is to choose one of the projected construction elements. This will grab things like the center or quadrant of a circle, a midpoint of a line, or a vertex where two lines meet. This probably covers nearly all cases of what most users need to do.
|The construction element|
But what if there's a case where a section line needs to be placed a certain distance from the edge, and no convenient point exists?
First, place a section line on the view, but don't let it constrain to anything. I like to place the section line completely off the view geometry to make good and sure I don't pick a point by mistake.
|Placing the section line "off the geometry".|
Now with the view placed (it looks like a projected view right now), right click on the section line, and choose "Edit".
|The section view completed off the geometry|
|Now to edit the placed view|
Now the sketch the section line lives on becomes active, and it can be positioned using constraints and dimensions, just like any sketch. One important thing to note. Make sure to use the "Project Geometry" tool to project geometry off the view. Otherwise it can't be picked.
|Use project, constrain, and dimension to position the section line.|
|The completed section view|
Do you have a place this might be helpful! Drop a comment!
And naturally, here is the accompanying video!