|Version||2022(as of 7/21/2021)|
- Create, test, and document 3D mechanical product prototypes
- Share designs with key stakeholders via cloud-based Autodesk Viewer
- Import and export files used by other Autodesk CAD programs, as well as competitors' programs
Autodesk Inventor is a computer-aided design (CAD) application that engineers and product designers use to prototype mechanical products. In Inventor, users create 3D product prototypes, test those prototypes under a variety of conditions, and provide documentation that allows other engineers, designers, and manufacturers to understand their design choices.
Inventor includes a wealth of freeform, direct, and parametric design tools, many of which can be accessed by right-clicking while designing a part or assembly. Users typically begin by creating a 2D drawing of one or more parts, before transforming their 2D sketches into 3D models. In both the 2D and 3D stages, users can edit parts' geometry and dimensions. They can also revert changes as needed, if they want to backtrack to a previous version of their design.
After users have finished creating or importing the parts they need, they combine those parts into a product prototype, referred to as an assembly. While creating an assembly, users can continue editing parts as needed. They can also set relationships between parts, add design constraints, and document their design process. After finalizing an assembly, users can test their prototype's performance using Inventor's comprehensive motion simulation and stress analysis tools, and they can share their prototype and receive feedback from key stakeholders via Autodesk's cloud-based Autodesk Viewer.
Finally, Inventor allows users to import files from and export files for use by other Autodesk programs. For example, Inventor users can import AutoCAD .DWG files to give them a head-start on creating an assembly, and they can open and edit Inventor part (.IPT) files in Autodesk Fusion 360. Inventor can also import and export files used by other CAD programs, such as CATIA V5, SolidWorks, and UGS.
Autodesk Inventor is a comprehensive 3D CAD program that is a highlight of Autodesk's product design and manufacturing collection. Those who are already using Autodesk programs and want to start creating 3D product prototypes on Windows may want to reach into their pocketbook and start an Inventor subscription.
Primary File TypeInventor Assembly
Supported File Types
|.3DM||Rhino 3D Model|
|.ASM||Pro/ENGINEER Assembly File|
|.CATPART||CATIA V5 Part File|
|.CATPRODUCT||CATIA V5 Assembly File|
|.DWG||AutoCAD Drawing File|
|.EASM||eDrawings Assembly File|
|.F3D||Fusion 360 Archive File|
|.IDCL||Inventor Desktop Content Library File|
|.IDV||Inventor Design View|
|.ILOGICVB||iLogic VB File|
|.JT||JT Open CAD File|
|.PRT||Creo Parametric Part File|
|.SAT||ACIS SAT 3D Model File|
|.SLDASM||SolidWorks Assembly File|
|.SLDPRT||SolidWorks Part File|
|.SMB||Autodesk Shape Manager Binary File|
|.SMT||Autodesk Shape Manager Text File|
|.STEP||STEP 3D Model|
|.STP||STEP 3D CAD File|
|.X_B||Parasolid Model Part File|