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Autodesk Inventor is a computer-aided design solution that create 3D digital prototypes used in the design, visualization, and simulation of products. The new inventor has new features into it like Shape Generator, DWG underlay, AnyCAD, Freeform, Electro-mechanical, ForceEffect, Assembly Modeling, and Parts Modeling.

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Supported languages
English, German, Japanese
Serviceable Area
World Wide
Supported Platforms
  • Desktop Windows
  • Desktop Mac OSX

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Autodesk Inventor

Features

  • Digital Prototyping
  • Easy-to-use 3D mechanical design
  • Large assembly design
  • Free-form modeling
  • Sheet metal design
  • Direct editing
  • Rules-based design/automation
  • Catalog/purchased/standard part library
  • Frame and weldment design
  • Plastic parts design

Autodesk Inventor Professional

Features

  • Digital Prototyping
  • Easy-to-use 3D mechanical design
  • Large assembly design
  • Free-form modeling
  • Sheet metal design
  • Direct editing
  • Rules-based design/automation
  • Catalog/purchased/standard part library
  • Frame and weldment design
  • Plastic parts design
  • Electrical systems design/tube and pipe runs
  • Mold, and tool and die

Product Design Suite Ultimate

Features

  • Digital Prototyping
  • Easy-to-use 3D mechanical design
  • Large assembly design
  • Free-form modeling
  • Sheet metal design
  • Direct editing
  • Rules-based design/automation
  • Catalog/purchased/standard part library
  • Frame and weldment design
  • Plastic parts design
  • Electrical systems design/tube and pipe runs
  • Mold, and tool and die
  • Electrical engineering
  • Integrated electrical and mechanical design
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  • User review from

    Eric Matthews

    Inventor is Autodesk's flagship design with a powerful feature set that covers everything from mechanical creation to engineering design. Inventor 2016 builds on this rich feature set, even though there are noticeable features, which abound in the companies Fusion product, missing in this release.

    2016 saw a revamping of Autodesk product UI across the board and Inventor was not left out. Gone is the Vault and parts preview centric interface and in its place you are greeted with a clean file management dashboard, alerting you to action items, recent work and giving the user options on workflow. The new UI is really a welcome change and promotes a faster workflow. Inventor has always been feature-laden without being overbearing (something Autodesk apps constantly are on watch for), so it was a real welcome sight to see a cleaner UI.

    On the features side, Sheet Metal is most likely the best new item. It is now possible to have zero-radius bends in your parts. This includes multi-body support which allows sheet-metal part files comprising multiple components instead of having built an assembly. Inventor has also added support for 3D Printing (in all of its design apps) and with the release of its Ember printer and Spark platform, Autodesk is leading the charge in reducing the gap between Printing and Pro Design. The Environments tab gives way to a new set of Print tools. They allow printer bed layout, splicing of large parts (through automation) and options to aid the user to assemble the parts back together via pins and holes. Ember allows data push to Print Studio (or Type A, Object or Dremel platforms).

    Data translation is also a place where Inventor has been updated (along with most of the Autodesk Design Suite) AnyCad is an engaging technology that uses referencing and background conversion to speed workflow and eliminate the file conversions and huge datasets. When a file is imported, the user is given a choice to either import a reference object or convert the file to Inventor format (normal process). If a reference file is imported, a conversion still occurs, but the file is not translated and stored as an Inventor file. Any changes to the file are exported back to the original file upon file closure. AnyCad makes the workflow faster, and as it is not new technology for Autodesk (it's been in use in Media Creation Suite Tools like Maya for years), it's a mature, robust technology.

    Although Inventor's rung on the R

    Pros :

    • Re-imagined UI and Dashboard.
    • IBL (Image Based Lighting) Workflows.
    • AnyCad Technology.
    • Printer bed layout and splicing of large parts for printing.
    • Fixes to T-Spline technology.
    • Identity Sketch.
    • Ruled Surfaces.
    • Color Overrides.
    • Implementation of new Drawing, Data conversion and Sheet Metal tools.
    • Huge user base.

    Cons :

    • Giving way to online Fusion App in terms of feature set.
    • Decade old application.
    • Pushed by external applications like SolidWorks.
    • Part of 4 Design Suite, seeking to find it's future.



    • May 2, 2016
  • User review from

    Veljko Andjelkovic

    So here we are it seams to be a big leap form AutoCad to Inventor, a David vs Goliath battle, but is it? Inventor shouldn't be and can't be ever compared with older brother AutoCad! It is a companies first serious attempt to build 3D parametric everyday all purpose software, and they DIDI IT! All jokes a side this is a monstrosity of a deal for everyday general engineering projects, a perfect USER INTERFACE, powerful execution of various features, hotkeys, parametric heaven, ease of use.....the list goes on and one and one...

    Really a marvel in showcase of vast choice on 3D CAD Parametric software market. Words that best describe Inventor are: POWERFUL; EASY ; RELIABLE; HAS IT ALL. Biggest flaw, if you can call it a flaw, is a lack of performance and freshness when working with a massive assembly (not so good as Catia or ProE) but still awesome piece of software art.

    Must have for every company or small firm, price to performance ratio from 1 to 10, is 10.

    Pros :

    • Like AutoCad perfect usage and orientation in user interface with almost no pre knowledge in 3D modeling.
    • Shortcuts are god given for this one really a perfect marriage with AutoCad features and easy to use new ribbon interface, that packs a punch like more expensive friends Catia, ProE, Unigraphics etc.
    • Colors, interface, performance, feedback, variety of features, FEA possibility, parametric coupling, parametric coding...
    • Please no more its enough for me.
    • And I didn't even talked about assembly mode, even more goodies inside.
    • When you introduce a new component into an assembly the software dare to ask you whom many pieces of it would you like to have inside?! How dare you :) HOW NO ONE DIDN'T CAME UP WITH THIS BEFORE?
    • Simple thing that goes a long way for me rally helpful way of work in Inventor.
    • I will not waste my words for drafting, it's brother is AutoCad no more perfect in every way.
    • Keep up a good work still in my top 3 all time software choice.
    • P.S. This software offers much more than part and assembly design keep that in mind.


    Cons :

    • Lack of performance in chunky massive assemblies.
    • There I've said it, I've struggled to find a flaw I really did almost flawless victory for this one.

    • April 30, 2016
  • User review from

    James Matthew

    I am a relatively new user of Autodesk Inventor, just completing my second year of use with it. Compared to my experience with AutoCAD (twenty-six years) and with PTC’s Wildfire/Creo (eight years), it’s not a long time, but I use it almost every day and can give a decent review of it.

    This review is for Inventor 2016 which we started using a few months ago.andnbsp; Inventor is fairly user-friendly; maybe not as much as SolidWorks but better than Creo in my opinion. Extruded and revolved parts work basically as they do in other comparable software; assembling is slightly different as I mention later but not difficult. Because of the industry that I work in (architectural stone), I have not used some features like sheet metal enough to comment on them.

    If I were paying for CAD software, I think that the cost of Inventor compared to SolidWorks would make it less attractive to me.andnbsp; In my case, however, my employer buys the software, and I would give Inventor high marks.

    Pros :

    • Inventor 2016 has improved the sketch mode that begins any extruded or revolved part. It always annoyed me that the company who created AutoCAD, who has had thirty-something years to get 2D right, did such a poor job with the 2D sketch mode in Inventor.
    • It has improved greatly in 2016 and is much easier to use. Also, they have a new “DWG Underlay” feature that allows 2D AutoCAD files to be used as a basis for Inventor models.andnbsp;
    • The underlay remains associative which lets the Inventor model update if the AutoCAD file is revised. I haven’t had the possibility to use this yet, but it would be useful for any company that have a lot of 2D files and are transitioning to 3D.
    • I used to dislike the assembly constraint method used in Inventor.andnbsp; With Wildfire, a constraint dialog would open as soon as a new component was placed in the assembly. That doesn’t happen with Inventor; it has to be opened manually.
    • I learned to like this, though, because the user has the option to place many components into the assembly as needed, then constrain them as a group.

    Cons :

    • There are a few admittedly minor things about Inventor that have frustrated me since I began using it, both related to external file formats. The first is the PDF export tool; it does not remember the settings from one session to another.andnbsp; I rarely export a single page of a multi-page drawing and wish that I could set it to always default to export all pages. Unfortunately, it always resets to single page when I start Inventor.andnbsp; Second, the export of a bill of materials to Excel is unreliable if a bill has already been exported to the same folder, even if the second bill is saved to a different file name. Third, Inventor has a very useful customization tool called iLogic, which is a Visual Basic utility for automating certain tasks.andnbsp; Though a nice tool, the documentation for it is very poor, which makes it very difficult to use.
    • One small thing that misses from Wildfire/Creo is the option of table-based patterns. This allowed, in addition to circular and rectangular patterns, the option of entering pattern coordinates into a simple spreadsheet, which allowed great flexibility in patterns.andnbsp; I would like to see something like that incorporated into Inventor.

    • April 28, 2016
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