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FEA integration with Inventor and SolidWorks

Use Autodesk® Nastran® In-CAD software for finite element analysis, and to determine if nonlinear effects are important to a particular model. Learn about support for other 3D CAD environments. 

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    Open & integrated experience

  • Inventor integration

    Extend Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software by combining it with Inventor 3D CAD software. Use embedded FEA technology to solve problems that go beyond the linear static studies in Inventor Professional. Turn your 3D CAD system into an FEA platform for seamless design and analysis. 

    Edit dimensions inside Inventor. Changes can be reanalyzed within the CAD design environment, and there's no need to send the model back and forth between systems. The finite element domain of loads, boundary conditions, and meshes are updated interactively.

  • SOLIDWORKS integration

    Autodesk Nastran In-CAD brings the Autodesk Nastran solver, known for its proven and accurate results, directly to the SOLIDWORKS environment. Reduce your learning curve, maintain your productivity, avoid compatibility issues, and get the best cost for professional-level FEA.

    You get the same working environment with menus, tree-type structures, and a familiar look and feel for creating finite models and viewing the results of your analysis. Autodesk Nastran In-CAD is completely compatible and uses true geometry associativity. This means your loads, boundary conditions, and meshes update interactively in SOLIDWORKS. 

    Key benefits of integration with SOLIDWORKS:

    • More advanced meshing technology means greater accuracy for geometrically complex models.
    • Faster automated contact generation means better accuracy for assemblies.
    • More reliable beam element modeling reduces surprises on thin-member assemblies.
    • More accurate nonlinear and dynamic capabilities and advanced material models support results you can use to make informed design decisions.

    In addition, teams can easily share the software across multiple locations and different CAD systems.

  • Autodesk Nastran solver

    The Autodesk Nastran solver analyzes composites, advanced dynamics, nonlinear, and heat transfer, in addition to the traditional linear statics and normal modes. Results accuracy is routinely tested against NAFEMS standards and more than 5,000 additional verification benchmarks. 

    Key benefits include:

    • Proven and recognized FEA technology
    • Pre- and post-processor compatibility
    • Scalability for future simulation needs
    • Real-time analysis and results