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Inventor® mechanical design and 3D CAD software offers professional-grade 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation tools.

Mechanical design is more than parametric modeling

Flexible modeling features in Inventor

Modeling flexibility

Choose the way you design, with freeform, direct, and parametric modeling options.

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Working with non-native data in Inventor

Any CAD data

Work with files from any 3D CAD application while maintaining an associative link to the original source.

View interoperability features

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Product configuration features in Inventor


Set up and deploy your product configurator without writing complex code.

View design automation features

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387 new additions and improvements

Submitted by customers just like you—from customizable homepage and shortcut links to filters to quickly locate your files

What’s new in Inventor 2016

Shape generation technology

You specify the function, we provide the form. (video 1:45 min.)

AnyCAD technology

Eliminate manual file translation, repair, and rework. (video 1:56 min.)

Electromechanical interoperability

Link your Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical data. (video 2:31 min.)

Which Inventor is right for me?

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    • Freeform, direct, and parametric modeling
    • Design automation tools
    • Ability to work with non-native files without translation
    • Ability to create native DWGTM drawings
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    Everything in Inventor


    • Dynamic simulation
    • Stress analysis
    • Electromechanical design
    • Tube and pipe design
    • Tooling design
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Additional tools for Inventor

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  • Product data management

    Manage your product data and engineering processes in one place.

  • Finite-element analysis

    Perform advanced simulations and test the real world performance of your products.

  • CAM + CAD

    Generate toolpaths for 2.5-, 3-, and 5-axis milling and turning operations.

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Meet the geniuses

Meet our manufacturing geniuses

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