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Software for mechanical design and simulation

Inventor® and Inventor® Professional 3D CAD software products provide functionality for advanced mechanical engineering design, finite element analysis, motion simulation, data management, routed system and mold design, as well as enhanced CAD productivity.

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    Engineering design productivity

  • Freeform modeling shape creation New

    INVENTOR, INVENTOR PROFESSIONAL

    Model organic shapes and incorporate freeform and parametric workflows into a single model. These tools provide an alternate modeling approach to explore and create freeform shaped models using direct manipulation. Start with a freeform shape that best represents the desired geometry (box, sphere, cylinder, torus, or quadball). Then use the freeform edit tools to adjust the shape.

  • Large assembly design (enhanced) New

    INVENTOR, INVENTOR PROFESSIONAL

    Speed the creation, management, and documentation of large complex assembly designs. Inventor combines design accelerators with assembly tools, so you can be sure that every part and component in an assembly design fits correctly.

    Accurately validate interference and mass properties to help produce quality products the first time. The improved Express Mode and a greatly enhanced graphic performance help to provide faster results.

  • Sketch constraint control (enhanced) New

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    Get your sketches in shape faster and more easily with new constraint tools and settings. With the new Relax Mode you can modify geometries that are already constrained. You gain greater control over constraints with improved display, inference, and delete options. Sketch constraints-related settings have also been reorganized into a single Constraint Settings command.

  • Customizable Inventor Home New

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    Customize the new Inventor Home to easily access common tasks.

  • Tutorial learning and search New

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    Interactive tutorials teach the basics of sketches and parts, assemblies, and drawings. Tutorials enable new users to experience a complete workflow from beginning to end and track their learning progress.

    The enhanced search capability now provides results for commands, help articles, support content, blogs, and discussion groups, as well as YouTube posts, with a single click.

  • Sheet metal design

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    Simplify sheet metal design and complex mechanical part design, and improve your productivity with Digital Prototyping.

    Inventor combines manufacturing information—such as punch tool parameters and custom bend tables—with an accurate 3D model of sheet metal folding. 

  • Assembly design and ease of assembly

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    Control data for large assembly designs to work on the components for just part of the design. Define position and describe part motion in one step. Combine design accelerators with assembly tools to be sure that every part and component in an assembly design fits correctly.

    Accurately validate interference and mass properties to help produce quality products the first time. Quickly assemble individual parts and subassemblies to define the complete product structure.

  • Layout and system design

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    Dynamic sketch blocks enable you to evaluate concepts and convert sketches into a fully constrained 3D assembly model to form a 3D digital prototype.

    Design accelerators offer the fastest way to add the remaining components, such as drive mechanisms, fasteners, steel frames, and hydraulic systems. Move your initial design studies from paper by using the parametric design environment to develop initial concept sketches and kinematic models, and rapidly investigate multiple design concepts.

  • Plastic part design

    INVENTOR, INVENTOR PROFESSIONAL

    Get maximum flexibility by combining native Inventor geometry with exterior surface models designed with Alias industrial design softwareThe relationship between Alias and Inventor can reduce time to market, enabling engineers to start detailed designs earlier and mechanical engineers to easily incorporate changes from the industrial design team.

  • Rules-based design

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    Accelerate mechanical engineering design and enable engineers to focus on design intent with rules-based design and automation tools.

    Fully integrated Inventor iLogic technology can dramatically simplify rules-based design, so that any Inventor user—with little or no programming experience—can capture and embed engineering and product knowledge directly into virtual models. The iCopy feature automates the process of copying components, so you can easily customize commonly used assemblies.

  • Harness and cable design

    INVENTOR PROFESSIONAL

    Incorporate cable and harness runs into your 3D digital prototype to calculate accurate path lengths and avoid small-radius bends. The digital prototype helps ensure that electrical components fit into the mechanical assembly before manufacturing.

  • Tube and pipe design

    INVENTOR PROFESSIONAL

    Use rules-based routing tools that select the correct fittings and help ensure that pipe runs comply with standards.

  • Flexible sketching tools

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    Change the 3D sketch of part and menu ribbon.

  • Customize Inventor with apps

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    Choose from more than 100 available apps to help extend your design. These companion apps help design professionals find solutions to some of the most pressing design challenges. Discover and download apps that help you get your job done faster with Autodesk Exchange Apps.

  • Tooling and mold design

    INVENTOR PROFESSIONAL

    Automate key aspects of injection mold design for plastic parts. Quickly create and validate complete mold designs, reducing errors and improving mold performance. 

    CAD file conversion & compatibility

  • Edit geometry directly New

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    Use Direct Edit to parametrically move, size, rotate, and delete imported solid models or native Inventor files.

    • Quickly and precisely change parametric/feature part geometry in models with complex histories.
    • Change imported base solid data.
    • Explore redesign possibilities without commitment. Evaluate the redesign of parts in the context of the parent assembly, and align geometry on the active part with geometry from other nonassociative parts.
  • BIM compatibility

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    Inventor includes tools designed specifically for mechanical engineers and fabricators who work with architects, builders, and contractors.

    Easy-to-use geometry simplification tools reduce model complexity and use feature recognition to represent your Inventor designs with native features recognized by Revit building design software.

  • CAD file conversion and data exchange

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    Inventor offers CAD translation tools, including native translators that read and write files from other CAD applications.

  • AutoCAD integration and DWG compatibility

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    Directly read and write the true DWG™ file format. With AutoCAD DWG conversion you can share critical design data with partners and customers.

  • Extend value with Maintenance Subscription

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    Add Maintenance Subscription with A360 cloud computing capabilities to any Inventor software license and benefit from more enhancements for Inventor. Increase mobility, improve collaboration, optimize your designs, and work virtually anywhere at any time.

    CAD rendering & design documentation

  • Manufacturing and design documentation

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    Generate engineering and manufacturing design documentation from digital prototypes to help reduce errors and deliver designs in less time.

  • Data management

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    Included Vault data management software helps workgroups manage and track design components of a digital prototype.

  • CAD rendering and visualization tools

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    Clear visuals make it easier for stakeholders and customers who don't have engineering experience to understand engineering drawings and designs.

    Integrated CAD simulation

  • Integrated motion simulation

    INVENTOR PROFESSIONAL

    Use motion simulation software—not intuition—to enhance your design decisions.

  • Ease of use: Inventor simulation

    INVENTOR PROFESSIONAL

    Optimize and validate product performance before the product is built.

  • Integrated finite element analysis

    INVENTOR PROFESSIONAL

    Increase the accuracy and reliability of your design stress analysis.

  • Sustainable design

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    Eco Materials Adviser enables mechanical designers to optimize material selection based on environmental impact and cost while considering performance.

    Jointly developed with Granta Design Ltd., the Eco Materials Adviser gives you access to environmental information on materials, as well as analysis and reporting tools to make better sustainable design decisions within your existing mechanical CAD process.