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Sheet metal, assembly, and rules-based design

With engineering design features in Inventor® and Inventor® Professional software, you can design better products, faster. Inventor easily handles large assembly design and can automate advanced geometry creation for intelligent components, such as plastic parts, steel frames, rotating machinery, tube and pipe runs, and electrical wire harness and cable design.

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    Engineering design productivity

  • AnyCAD New

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    AnyCAD is integrated file interoperability technology that provides direct associative capabilities without the need for file translation. 

  • Sheet metal design New

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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. 

  • Harness and cable design New

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    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.

  • Free-form modeling shape creation New

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

  • Customizable Inventor Home New

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    Customize the new Inventor Home to easily access common tasks.

  • Assembly design and ease of assembly

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    Control data for large assembly designs so you can work on components for just part of the design. Define position and describe part motion in 1 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

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    Get maximum flexibility by combining native Inventor geometry with exterior surface models designed in 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. Integrated Inventor iLogic technology simplifies rules-based design. Even users with little or no programming experience can capture and embed engineering and product knowledge directly into virtual models. iCopy automates the process of copying components, so you can easily customize commonly used assemblies.

  • 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.

  • Tooling and mold design

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    Automate key aspects of injection mold design for plastic parts. Quickly create and validate complete mold designs, helping to reduce errors and improve mold performance. With its intuitive mold design workflow, Inventor guides you through the mold design process in a way that is natural for the experienced user and supportive for the novice.

  • Large assembly design (enhanced)

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    Speed the creation, management, and documentation of large, complex assembly designs. Inventor combines design accelerators with assembly tools to help you ensure 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 greatly enhanced graphic performance help to provide faster results.

  • Sketch constraint control

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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.

  • Edit geometry directly

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