Inventor


3D CAD software for product development

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


3D CAD Software For Mechanical Design

Inventor 3D CAD software offers professional-grade tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation. Develop, manage, and deliver great products with Digital Prototyping capabilities.

When you buy a perpetual license with Maintenance Subscription, you get the latest releases, flexible licensing, web support, and e-learning. No upgrades available without Maintenance Subscription.

New features in Inventor 2019

Inventor® 2019 improves design workflows with increased performance, better collaboration, and new professional-grade design tools.

Hole command

Get a streamlined, personalized workflow with fewer clicks, increasing speed and productivity. (video: 1:10 min.)

iLogic enhancements

New iLogic assembly functions make it easier for your engineering team to configure customizable products. (video: 1:51 min.)

Shared view collaboration

Collaborate on your models or designs online. Anyone can review and comment on shared views in the Autodesk viewer. (video: 1:31 min.)

Performance improvements

Do more in less time with performance improvements in part modeling, assembly work, and drawing documentation. (video: 1:26 min.)

Content center enhancements

Discover productivity upgrades that improve search capabilities and provide a new modernized look and feel. (video: 1:21 min.)

Model-based definition enhancements

Enable face status coloring for visual feedback as you fully constrain your model. Get improved 3D annotation callouts for hole quantity. (video: 51 sec.)

Frame generator enhancements

Improved experience for support frame creation, visibility, and editing operations. (video: 1:01 min.)

Improved Inventor experience

The Inventor Team has listened to your ideas and suggestions and implemented them in the latest 2019.1 release. (video: 1:28 min.)

Sheet metal for manufacturing

Prepare designs for manufacturing with additional corner relief options that are more suitable for laser-cut parts.

Improved part modeling workflows

With 3D part modeling and sketching enhancements, save time by creating an inverted fillet instead of an extrude or sweep feature.

Assembly improvements

Explore customer-requested improvements to assemblies for constraints, tube and pipe, and frame generator.

Mechanical design and 3D CAD software

Use Inventor® 3D CAD modeling software for product and mechanical design. Learn about the Inventor modeling, design, simulation, and rendering features.

Product design

Shape Generator

Create and evaluate high-performing design options in minutes. (video: 1:59 min.)

Parametric modeling

Create parameters as you sketch and dynamically size 3D objects. Focus on your design, not the interface. (video: 3:16 min.)

Assembly modeling

Put your model together in fewer steps. (video: 2:42 min.)

Drawing creation

Quickly create clear, accurate, detailed drawings. (video: 2:52 min.)

Collaboration and design automation

Shared view collaboration

Collaborate on your models or designs online. Anyone can review and comment on shared views in the Autodesk viewer.

Work with non-native data

Maintain an associative link to non-native CAD data. (video: 2:45 min.)

Automated frame design

Quickly design and test structural frames. (video: 2:10 min.)

Electromechanical design

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

Modeling


Hole command

Get a streamlined, personalized workflow with fewer clicks, increased speed, and optimized productivity. (video: 1:10 min.)


Model-based definition enhancements

Enable face status coloring for visual feedback as you fully constrain your model. Get improved 3D annotation callouts for hole quantity. (video: 51 sec.)


Content center enhancements

Discover productivity upgrades that improve search capabilities and provide a new modernized look and feel. (video: 1:21 min.)


Assembly improvements

Explore user-requested improvements to assemblies for constraints, tube and pipe, and frame generator. (video: 1:20 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.

Plastic parts design

Design and analyze plastic parts with purpose-built tools in Inventor.

Sheet metal design

Design complex sheet metal products that conform to your company’s standards.

Automation

Automated product configuration

Easily set up and deploy complex product configurations.

Part and assembly design automation

Create reusable, configurable parts, product features, or assemblies by defining variable parameters.

Component generators and calculators

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


Automated tube and pipe design

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

Interoperability

Cloud-based 3D design reviews

Share lightweight versions of your 3D designs in the cloud.

Printed circuit board interoperability

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

BIM interoperability

Access tools specifically created to help prepare your 3D models for use in BIM systems.

Data management

The robust search function makes it easy to find files and quickly copy design files. Connects to Vault (included in Product Design and Manufacturing Collection).

Simulation and visualization

Exploded views and animations

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

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.

Visualization and rendering

Show how your product will look with visualization and rendering tools.

System Requirements for Autodesk Inventor Windows

Operating System Recommended:
64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 ¹Minimum:
64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
CPU Type Recommended:
Intel® Xeon® E3 or Core i7 or equivalent, 3.0 GHz or greater ²Minimum:
64-bit Intel® or AMD, 2 GHz or faster ²
Memory Recommended:
16 GB RAM ³ or moreMinimum:
8 GB RAM for less than 500 part assemblies ³
Disk Space Recommended:
250 GB free disk space or more ³Minimum:
100 GB free disk space ³
Graphics Recommended:
Microsoft® Direct3D 11® or capable graphics card or higher ⁴Minimum:
Microsoft® Direct3D 10® capable graphics card or higher ⁴
Other
  • DVD-ROM ⁵
  • 1,280 x 1,024 or higher screen resolution
  • Internet connection for Autodesk® 360 functionality, web downloads, and Subscription Aware access
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 15 ⁶
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 8 or higher
  • Full local install of Microsoft® Excel 2007, 2010 or 2013 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, thread related commands, clearance/threaded hole creation, Global BOM, Parts Lists, Revision Tables, spreadsheet-driven designs and Studio animation of Positional Representations.  Excel Starter®, Online Office 365® and OpenOffice® are not supported.
  • 64-bit Microsoft Office is required to export Access 2007, dBase IV, Text and CSV formats.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 ⁷

For Complex Models, Complex Mold Assemblies, and Large Assemblies (typically more than 1,000 parts)

Operating System Recommended:
64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 ¹
CPU Type Recommended:
Intel® Xeon® E3 or Core i7 or equivalent, 3.30 GHz or greater ²
Memory Recommended:
20 GB RAM or greater ³
Hard Disk Recommended:
500 GB free disk space or greater ³
Graphics Recommended:
Microsoft® Direct3D 11® or capable graphics card or higher ⁴
Other
  • DVD-ROM ⁵
  • 1,280 x 1,024 or higher screen resolution
  • Internet connection for Autodesk® 360 functionality, web downloads, and Subscription Aware access
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 15 ⁶
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 8 or higher
  • Full local install of Microsoft® Excel 2007, 2010 or 2013 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, thread related commands, clearance/threaded hole creation, Global BOM, Parts Lists, Revision Tables, spreadsheet-driven designs and Studio animation of Positional Representations.  Excel Starter®, Online Office 365® and OpenOffice® are not supported.
  • 64-bit Microsoft Office is required to export Access 2007, dBase IV, Text and CSV formats.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 ⁷

For Autodesk Inventor 2016 Macintosh Users

Boot CampYou can install Autodesk® Inventor® Professional software on a Mac® computer on a Windows partition. The system must use Apple Boot Camp® to manage a dual OS configuration and meet the minimum system requirements:

  • Recommended: Mac OS® X 10.10.x
  • Minimum: Mac OS® X 10.9.x
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo or greater, 3.0 GHz or greater
  • Microsoft® 64-bit Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows® 8.1
  • RAM: 16 GB or greater recommended; 8 GB minimum
  • Partition Size: 250 GB or greater recommended; 100 GB minimum

Mac Virtualization on Parallels DesktopAutodesk Inventor Professional can be used on the Mac via Parallels Desktop for Mac without having to boot directly into the Windows OS, so it is easy to switch between platforms. The system must meet the following requirements:

  • Recommended: Mac OS® X 10.10.x
  • Minimum: Mac OS® X 10.9.x
  • Parallels Desktop 10 or higher
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo or greater, 3.0 GHz or greater
  • Microsoft® 64-bit Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows® 8.1
  • RAM: 16 GB or greater recommended; 8 GB minimum
  • Free Disk Space: 250 GB or greater recommended; 100 GB minimum

Notes:

  1. Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Vault must both be the same language on a given computer. English versions of these applications will run on any language operating system. Other language versions of these applications will run on operating systems of that same language.
  2. Autodesk Inventor LT 2016 is optimized to take advantage of the SSE2 extended instruction sets supported on Pentium 4, AMD Athlon 64, and AMD Opteron processors. Inventor LT 2016 will not install on computers that do not support SSE2. Several utilities are available on the Internet that report CPUID including supported instructions sets.
  3. Autodesk recommends settings which allow Microsoft Windows to manage virtual memory as needed. There should always be at least twice as much free hard disk space as system memory (RAM).
  4. Please refer to the Autodesk published graphics card information.
  5. DVD-ROM drive is not required if installing from USB or software download.
  6. The multimedia learning components of the Inventor Help system, such as the UI Video Tour, Command Reference, and Show Me animations, require Adobe Flash Player 10. If it is not already installed, you can download it from the Adobe website.
  7. Provided by the Autodesk product installer.