Key features of Inventor

Image of an industrial machine design in Inventor

Parametric modeling

Focus on design as you create and edit your 3D models with an intuitive user interface. 

Assembly modeling

See how your design will fit and perform at the assembly level. 

Drawing creation

Quickly create clear, accurate, detailed drawings for manufacturing. 

Shared view collaboration

Collaborate with key stakeholders on your designs from any device. 

Work with non-native data

Directly open designs created from other CAD systems with no translation necessary. 

BIM interoperability

Read and author Revit data as you participate in BIM projects. 

Design configurations

Speed your 3D modeling process by rapidly creating new configurations of your designs. 

Automated frame design

Quickly create and simulate 3D models of your weld frame designs. 

Sheet metal

Design and prepare complex sheet metal products for manufacturing. 

Model-based definition

Include manufacturing information in your 3D model for downstream applications.

Content center

Choose your standard components from a comprehensive customizable library. 

Shape Generator

Create and evaluate high-performing design options in minutes. 

More features of Inventor

Product design

Parametric modeling

Drive the design intent of your model with sketch constraints, dimensions, and intelligent formulas for parameters. (video: 3:01 min.)

Assembly modeling

Assess the fit and function of your assemblies and check for interferences as you build relationships between components. (video: 2:43 min.)

Drawing creation 

Quickly place appropriate views and annotations in your drawings for manufacturing in Inventor or AutoCAD. (video: 3:07 min.)


Shared view collaboration 

Share your design with a secure web link that can be accessed from any device to review, redline, and add comments. (video: 2:23 min.)

Work with non-native data 

Maintain an associative link as you open 3D models that were created and saved from other CAD applications. (video: 1:57 min.)

BIM interoperability 

Create a simplified 3D representation of your product along with the required metadata and product classification for use in a BIM project. (video: 2:27 min.)

Design automation

Design configurations 

Apply your engineering knowledge in a customizable form to rapidly configure new designs powered by iLogic. (video: 2 min.)

Automated frame design 

Use automated tools to create weld frame structures and simulate them using beam elements. (video: 2:23 min.)

Sheet metal 

Build your sheet metal designs with options for industry-standard bend allowances to create accurate flat patterns for manufacturing. (video: 1:42 min.)


Model-based definition 

Include 3D dimensions, annotations, and dimensional tolerances directly to your 3D model for downstream applications. (video: 2:10 min.)

Content center 

Choose from standard and customizable content libraries, including beams, bolted connections, gears, cams, belts, and springs. (video: 2:15 min.)

Shape Generator 

Further optimize your designs with tools that help you find high and low concentrations of stress in your 3D model. (video: 2:16 min.)

Flexible modeling 

Use the right modeling tool for every job with parametric, freeform, and direct modeling tools.

Direct modeling 

Use easy push/pull controls to move, rotate, resize, or scale features from imported geometries.

Freeform modeling 

Freely sculpt the shape of your design by moving points, edges, and faces.

Mechanical concept and layout design 

Open DWG™ files directly inside Inventor as the basis for your 3D model.

Component generators and calculators 

Use built-in calculators to inform the design of common joints such as welds, clamps, and press fits.

Tube and pipe design 

Use a combination of automated tools and full-control design functions in Inventor to build tube and pipe runs.

Connected data

Printed circuit board interoperability 

Integrate your electronics and mechanical designs into a single, complete definition of your product.

Data management 

Speed up product development with tools that manage data, track revisions, and improve collaboration.

Simulation and visualization

Dynamic simulation 

Apply forces to evaluate the motion, speed, and acceleration of your design.

Stress analysis 

Run quick checks on parts or perform in-depth analysis of the entire product at any stage.

Exploded views and animations 

Use exploded views and animations of complex assemblies in product documentation, manuals, and assembly instructions.

What’s new in Inventor 2022

The latest release of Inventor® is packed with user-requested updates and enhancements to help manage your design process, speed your connected engineering workflows, and reduce repetitive tasks. 

New features of Inventor 2022

Model states - parts 

Manage manufacturing operations, dimensional variations, and simplified representations all on one part file. (video: 2:15 min.) 

Model states - assemblies 

Create multiple representations of an assembly in a single document to manage configurations and model simplification. (video: 2:15 min.) 

Revit interoperability 

Collaborate on BIM projects with improved tools to simplify and save Revit project files in Inventor. (video: 2:46 min.) 

Drawing enhancements 

Use the camera views, manufacturing information, and lighting style from your 3D model in your 2D drawing views. (video: 1:25 min.) 

Productivity and performance 

See better performance when editing large assemblies and improved productivity in features you use often. (video: 4:06 min.) 

Installation and deployment 

Get everyone on your team onto the latest release with a new installation and deployment experience. (video: 2:25 min.) 

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