This posting is a little off-topic of the API but I thought I would show you a little of how I use Inventor at home. I do some woodworking and use Inventor to design my woodworking projects. I agonize over the design and worry about every cut. Being able to fully design every piece and see how they fit together before making any saw dust is a huge help. Here are some pictures of my latest project, a Murphy bed.
Inventor worked great for the initial design. Where it fell short was in the process of going from that design to a set of working drawings. The biggest issue was determining the stock I would need and how to cut the pieces from that stock. Admittedly this is mostly a woodworking specific problem and not something Inventor was designed for. The method I ended up using was to create an assembly for each type of wood. For example, I had one assembly for all 3/4" oak plywood, and another for all 3/4" solid oak. In each assembly I have a sketch that contains one or more rectangles that represent the stock. I inserted each part into the correct assembly and manually positioned them within the stock. Below is a screen shot of one of these assemblies.
I made drawings of these assemblies to use in the shop. These drawings, an assembly drawing containing the parts list and a few more detail drawings, and I was ready to start cutting.
I plan to write an add-in to help automate the stock layout process. I have the intial design but it will be a long-term project.
I purchased the bed mechanism and plans from Rockler Woodworking. Their overall design is very good and the hardware functions great. The goal of their plan was to make a bed that works and the construction being as easy as possible. I didn't like some of what they did to make the construction easier so I made some changes. The majority of the wood in their plan is just plywood with iron-on edge banding. I used solid wood to cover the edges of the sides and made rail and stile panels for the front doors. I chose baltic birch for the bed frame and left the edges exposed. They also had a lot of screwed butt joints in their design. Instead I used a combination of dovetails, biscuits, and pocket screws so none of the fasteners are visible.