Autodesk Inventor

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Autodesk Inventor
Original author(s) Jacob Sain
Developer(s) Autodesk
Initial release 1999
Stable release
2017 / March 28, 2016; 6 months ago (2016-03-28)
Operating system Windows
Type Computer-aided design
License Proprietary
Website autodesk.com/inventor

Autodesk Inventor, developed by U.S. based software company Autodesk, is a computer-aided design application for creating 3D digital prototypes used in the design, visualization and simulation of products. It uses ShapeManager, their proprietary geometric modeling kernel.

Autodesk Inventor competes directly with SolidWorks and Solid Edge.

Editions[edit]

The latest Autodesk Inventor product line includes the following software titles:

  • Autodesk Inventor 2017
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2017
  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite 2017 Premium
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite 2017 Ultimate
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2017 Premium
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2017 Ultimate
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite 2017 Ultimate
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2017 Ultimate

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Articles and reviews[edit]

Find reviews and articles about Inventor on the Autodesk website.

The code names of early releases were the names of sports cars and SUVs, because of the love that division vice president Robert "Buzz" Kross has for high-performance vehicles.

Release dates and names[edit]

Version Code name Date of release What's New
1 Mustang September 20, 1999
2 Thunderbird March 1, 2000
3 Camaro August 1, 2000
4 Corvette December 1, 2000
5 Durango September 17, 2001
5.3 Prowler January 30, 2002
6 Viper October 15, 2002
7 Wrangler April 18, 2003 New DWG Support for AutoCAD 2004, Autodesk® Express Viewer Compatibility, Large-Assembly Design Performance
8 Cherokee October 15, 2003
9 Crossfire July 15, 2004
10 Freestyle April 6, 2005 Task Scheduler, Inventor Studio, Associative import of Mechanical Desktop data, Design Accelerators, Assembly constraints use colors to differentiate between the first and second constraint selection.
11 Faraday April 6, 2006
2008 Goddard April 11, 2007
2009 Tesla April 16, 2008 Frame Generator, Sheet Metal, skeletal modelling
2010 Hopper February 27, 2009 The Ribbon, New FEA
2011 Sikorsky March 26, 2010 Dynamic Input, Direct Manipulation, Assemble tool, Visualization, iCopy, iLogic
2012 Brunel March 22, 2011 Provides easier ways to interact with 3D mechanical design data; new opportunities for sharing, accepting and updating CAD data regardless of source and complexity; and high-impact performance and productivity improvements for both users and IT departments
2013 Goodyear March 27, 2012 Equation curves
2014 Franklin March 27, 2013 Express mode, Connection, Symmetrical constraint, Slot geometry, Enhanced rectangle geometry, Thin wall FEA, Frame FEA, Assembly relationship folder

Mouseover grounded constraint visibility, Model & assembly simplification, Joint constraints.

2015 Dyson March 27, 2014 Freeform, Direct Edit
2016 Shelby April 16, 2015[3] Multi-CAD, AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor Interoperability, Shape Creation, 3D Printing Environment, Graphics/Visualization/Studio Enhancements
2017 Enzo April, 2016 Part Creation, Shape Generation, Mesh handling

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