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  • Professional-grade design tools
  • Easy-to-use 3D CAD software
  • Professional-grade design tools
  • Powerful simulation, tooling, and routed system tools
  • Includes Inventor Professional
  • Digital Prototyping solution for your entire engineering process
  • 3D tools for product design, simulation, and visualization
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  • Design and drafting software for automating mechanical CAD tasks
  • Introduce 3D part modeling into your 2D drafting
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  • Digital Prototyping solution for your entire engineering process

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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

Explore design concepts in AutoCAD

Sketch designs, produce stunning artwork

Create 3D digital artwork

Real-time design visualization    

Photorealistic rendering and presentations    

Cinematic-quality rendering and 3D animation    

Point cloud tools    

Select material by environmental/cost impact    

Assembly collision and interference detection

Check for manufacturability    

Draft analysis    

Validate performance with simulation and FEA    

Simulate installation or demolition sequences    

Review/mark up DWG™, DWF, and PDF files    

Mobile and online sharing of 3D designs    

BIM interoperability    

Native translators    

Large-scale design review and collaboration    

Design fly-throughs and walk-throughs    

Professional drafting and documentation tools    

TrustedDWG™ technology    

Automatic drawing view creation    

BOM generation    

International standards support    

In-product data management    

Configurable data security    

Multiple user/concurrent design    

Easy administration    

Automated design organization