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Innovative product design tools

Product Design Suite can help you make great products, reduce development costs, and get to market faster. Product Design Suite is a comprehensive 2D and 3D product design solution.

Cloud service available with a subscription or purchase of a perpetual license with maintenance plan.

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    Engineering design productivity

  • Cloud service

    Design, test, and fabricate in a single tool


    Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool for product development that combines industrial and mechanical design, collaboration, and machining in a single package. The tools in Fusion 360 enable fast and easy exploration of design ideas with an integrated concept-to-production toolset.  

  • Integrated electrical and mechanical design


    Integrate electrical designs with cable and harness control systems using Inventor for routed systems, combined with AutoCAD Electrical software. Incorporating cable and harness runs into your design workflow enables you to calculate accurate path lengths, avoid small-radius bends, and ensure that electrical components fit into the mechanical assembly before manufacturing.

    Cable and harness design features include:

    • AutoCAD Electrical software
    • Functional harness design
    • Harness validation
    • Harness documentation
    • Automatic wire routing
  • Sheet metal design


    Simplify the design of complex mechanical sheet metal parts. Inventor 3D CAD software combines manufacturing information—such as punch tool parameters and custom bend tables—with an accurate 3D model of sheet metal folding. Manufacturing engineers can also use the flat-pattern editing environment to tweak flat patterns to help minimize manufacturing costs.

    Sheet metal part design features include:

    • Sheet metal styles, flanges, fasteners, and manufacturing drawings
    • Roll-formed parts
    • Transitional shapes
    • Punch libraries
    • Flat-pattern modification
  • Plastic part design


    Get maximum flexibility by combining native Inventor geometry with exterior surface models designed with Alias industrial design software. Sculpt complex shapes using freeform modeling, based on T-Splines technology. Create common types of geometry, such as bosses, ribs, and grilles. Identify potential quality issues in your parts, using plastic flow analysis, based on Moldflow technology.

    Plastic part design features include:

    • Advanced shape description
    • Import from Alias products
    • Sculpt tool
    • Surface quality analysis
    • Molded part definition
    • Technical plastic features
    • Rule fillets
    • Draft angle and cross section analysis
  • Rules-based design and automation


    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 product engineering and knowledge directly into virtual models. The iCopy feature automates the process of copying components, so you can easily customize commonly used assemblies.

  • Tube and pipe runs


    Use Inventor Professional 3D CAD software to streamline the design of complex routed elements. Rules-based routing tools select the correct fittings and help ensure that pipe runs comply with your standards for segment length, round-off increments, and bend radius.

    Tube and pipe design features include:

    • Pipe fittings library
    • Tube and pipe styles
    • Pipe run creation
    • Hygienic pipe runs
    • Flexible hose
    • Rigid tube routing
    • Tube and pipe documentation
  • Mold design


    Inventor Professional software automates key aspects of injection mold design for plastic parts. Quickly create and validate complete mold designs, reducing errors and improving mold performance. With its intuitive mold design workflow, the software guides you through the mold design process in a way that is natural for the experienced user and supportive for the novice.

    To determine material flow rates and ideal gate locations, assess shrinkage, and establish process parameters, simulate and optimize your mold design before machining with the plastic flow analysis tools in Moldflow software.

  • Freeform modeling shape creation


    Create organic shapes and incorporate freeform and parametric workflows into a single model. These tools provide an alternate modeling approach to explore and create freeform models using direct manipulation.

    Start with a freeform shape that best represents the desired geometry (box, sphere, cylinder, torus, or quadball). Then, adjust the shape using the freeform edit tools.

  • Customizable Inventor Home dashboard


    Customize the new Inventor dashboard to easily access common tasks. Your Inventor dashboard offers basic or full template display:

    • Access an expanded list of recently used files with file details in tooltips.
    • You can pin a working file to locate it more easily.
    • Use tabs to switch to specific file areas.
    • And quickly access Team Web, help, and tutorials.

    Documentation & data sharing

  • Engineering drafting and documentation tools


    Maximize productivity with automation, management, and editing tools designed for drafting, minimizing repetitive tasks.  

  • Native support for DWG files


    With direct read and write for true RealDWG® file format, you can share critical design data with partners and customers. Product Design Suite includes Inventor, which enables engineers to integrate AutoCAD software drawings and 3D CAD data into a single digital model to create a virtual representation of the final product.

    CAD file compatibility features include:

    • Compatibility with AutoCAD Mechanical software
    • DWG™ save
    • Direct DWG open
    • DWG Block Browser
    • AutoCAD blocks from Inventor views
    • Template synchronization
    • Import AutoCAD hatch patterns
  • Building information modeling interoperability


    The Inventor software included in the suite offers enhanced tools for engineers and fabricators who work with architects, builders, and contractors. Easy-to-use tools simplify geometry and reduce model complexity. Feature recognition capabilities can represent your Inventor designs with native elements recognized by Revit building design software.

  • Work with non-native data


    With AnyCAD technology, your designs in Inventor point to the latest updates in your non-native files, without rework or reimporting. Maintain an associative link. If there’s a change to the non-native file, Inventor automatically updates your design.

  • In-product data management


    Manage all of your design data in a single spot. Robust search functionality makes it easy to find files. Quickly copy design files to use them in new or derivative designs. Avoid overwriting data with check-in and check-out capabilities.

    Product simulation & design validation

  • Dynamic simulation


    Evaluate the motion, speed, and acceleration of your design as forces are applied to it. Calculate the resulting forces that are generated by the movements your product will experience in the real world. Then transfer the forces to a stress analysis to understand the effects of motion on the performance of your design.

  • Stress analysis


    Run quick checks on parts or perform in-depth analysis of the entire product at any stage. Testing throughout the design process helps you iterate and improve your product’s performance early in the process.

    CAD simulation features let you:

    • Carry over the model, materials, and contacts from the design environment.
    • Apply loads and constraints by selecting the surfaces in your model.
    • Automatically detect contacts between parts.

    Visualization & conceptual design

  • Mechanical concept and layout design


    Open AutoCAD DWG™ files directly inside Inventor as the basis for your 3D model. Derive blocks created inside AutoCAD into separate part files, and add constraints to place them inside your assembly models. Continue to edit the 2D layout or concept inside AutoCAD, and update your Inventor models automatically, without rework.

  • 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software


    Use sophisticated 3D product visualization tools in 3ds Max 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing software to demonstrate design intent.

  • Visualization and rendering


    Design visualization, illustration, and animation tools in Inventor enable you to create realistic representations of your designs. Clear visuals make it easier for stakeholders and customers without expert experience to understand engineering drawings and designs.

    Quickly create photorealistic CAD renderings and animations that can convey ideas to managers, explain designs to manufacturers, and persuade customers that you have the best solution for their needs.

    CAD rendering and visualization features let you:

    • Choose from a variety of styles inside the design environment.
    • Use one of the default shaded, wireframe, monochrome, or illustration modes.
    • Use ray tracing to get the best possible rendering.