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 3D digital prototype enables you to calculate accurate path lengths, avoid small-radius bends, and ensure that electrical components fit into the mechanical assembly before manufacturing.
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.
Free-form modeling shape creation
Create organic shapes and incorporate free-form and parametric workflows into a single model. These tools provide an alternate modeling approach to explore and create free-form models using direct manipulation. Start with a free-form shape that best represents the desired geometry (box, sphere, cylinder, torus, or quadball). Then, adjust the shape using the free-form edit tools.
Customizable Inventor Home dashboard
Customize the Inventor Home to easily access common tasks. Inventor Home functions like a personal dashboard and offers basic or full template display. An expanded list of recently used files includes rich information in the tooltip, and 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.
3D mechanical design
Define your product's physical characteristics with an integrated set of design engineering tools. This toolset supports sheet metal, plastic parts, cable and harness, structural steel framework, fabricated weldments, and electromechanical design.
3D assembly design
Inventor 3D CAD software provides the tools to create, control, define digital prototypes, and manage data for large complex assembly designs. Work on only the components required to complete a particular part of the design. Validate interference and mass properties for quality products the first time. Inventor combines design accelerators with assembly tools, so you can be sure that every part and component in an assembly design fits correctly.
Plastic part design
Get maximum flexibility by combining native Inventor geometry with exterior surface models designed with Alias industrial design software. The relationship between Alias and Inventor can reduce time to market. Engineers can start detailed designs earlier, and mechanical engineers can more easily incorporate changes from the industrial design team.
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.
Mold, and tool and die
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.
Sketch constraint control
Get your sketches in shape more quickly and easily with constraint tools and settings. With Relax Mode, you can modify already constrained geometries. Gain greater control over constraints with improved display, inference, and delete options. A single Constraint Settings command includes settings related to Sketch constraints.