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Attribute Ratings

  • Autodesk Inventor is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.9

Autodesk Inventor

99%
26 Ratings
9.0

MeshMixer

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

9.2

Autodesk Inventor

92%
2 Ratings

MeshMixer

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Autodesk Inventor

100%
1 Rating

MeshMixer

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.7

Autodesk Inventor

77%
19 Ratings

MeshMixer

N/A
0 Ratings

In-Person Training

6.0

Autodesk Inventor

60%
1 Rating

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N/A
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Implementation Rating

10.0

Autodesk Inventor

100%
2 Ratings

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Configurability

10.0

Autodesk Inventor

100%
1 Rating

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Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk

Autodesk Inventor is a great tool for students and faculty for engineering areas that don't require great precision or development of more thorough scientific results. Is you are conducting research, or deal with very intricate and complex systems I would recommend a more robust platform that complies more to industry standards.
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Autodesk

Autodesk MeshMixer is best for repairing STL files and basic modifications toward 3D printing. It is excellent for hollowing out models and adding escape holes for SLA printing or lost-wax casting. Its CSG (Boolean) functions to combine different meshes are good too and seldom cause the program to crash. There is even an integrated algorithm to optimize the layout of multiple files on a print bed in case of small-batch production. Autodesk MeshMixer's sculpting tools are there yet limited and there are a few better alternatives. Best of all, it is completely free.
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Pros

Autodesk

  • The program is very good at simplicity. Each of the buttons, menus, and options has an explanation of exactly what the feature does, and even a more advanced description if you desire to learn more about what each one does.
  • Autodesk Inventor is a very fast program. Everything renders extremely quickly and there are no delays when examining a 3D model, part, or assembly. This is especially useful when giving a presentation about a product or design, and you need to be able to show a concept to an audience in real time.
  • The software has an extremely accurate simulation feature that lets users do stress analysis on a 3D model. It can calculate precisely where the stress concentrations are going to be in a particular model and even give you an accurate depiction of where the part could likely fracture and/or fracture during loading.
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Autodesk

  • Auto-repair function works fast, and if it does not completely cover all problem areas, manual fixes will work 99.5% of the time.
  • Remeshing algorithm is fairly slow but does a wonderful job in creating meshes with homogeneous or adaptive triangulation.
  • It contains a comprehensive set of tools to optimize and prepare STL files for 3D printing, such as hollowing and support generation.
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Cons

Autodesk

  • Inventor demonstrates a lack of fluidity in the process of transferring data between programs.
  • Inventor shows some lack of sophistication that certain features that are readily available in other design software packages are limited in use in Inventor.
  • Inventor can often have difficulty in creating models that show true color, as in blacks can come out as dark grays in certain renders, even when the material and appearance settings are the same from part to part.
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Autodesk

  • The remeshing tool needs to be faster, as in some cases it takes up to a day of waiting time.
  • The sculpting tools need the addition of a proper brush for creating sharp creases and ridges.
  • The standard shape library is rather limited. It would be nice to have this connected to online repositories such as Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory, or Cults3D.
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Pricing Details

Autodesk Inventor

Starting Price

$260 per user/per month

Editions & Modules

Autodesk Inventor editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Monthly$260.001
One Year$2,085.002
Three Year$5,630.003

Footnotes

  1. per user/per month
  2. per user/per year
  3. per user/per 3 years

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

MeshMixer

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

MeshMixer editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Autodesk

    Inventor continues to meet our enterprise needs. I don't see a need to change unless we change our business model significantly.
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    Usability

    Autodesk

    It’s easy and very good for mechanical design
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    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Autodesk

    I'm giving the overall support rating a 5 only because I rarely have to use it. Trying to find the answer on the help pages hardly ever helps me because any problem I have is usually too deep for what the help offers. Given the popularity of Autodesk, I have always been able to find an answer online after doing enough looking!
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    Autodesk

    No answers on this topic

    In-Person Training

    Autodesk

    I got the training during college, so mostly i learned on my own
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    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Autodesk

    AutoCAD and Inventor are both made by Autodesk. We use AutoCAD for all of our electrical design work as well as our pneumatic design work. AutoCAD and Inventor can really compliment each other. Information can be shared between the two programs. It would be hard to do what we do without either of these software packages
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    Autodesk

    Using Blender for STL file preparation is like swatting a mosquito with a wrecking ball, plus its boolean functionalities can be glitchy. ZBrushCoreMini proved too limiting as a sculpting tool, but so did Autodesk MeshMixer, so I am sticking to Sculptris. Materialise Magics and Netfabb are somewhat better at STL file repair and offer more advanced functionalities. But Magics does not remesh as well and Autodesk MeshMixer is far more compact and faster than Netfabb, so remains my weapon of choice.
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    Return on Investment

    Autodesk

    • iLogic has enabled rapid design changes and model automation that save us time and money
    • Cross-platform compatibility with other Autodesk products (e.g., CFD) keeps us in a single ecosystem with a single software vendor.
    • Included data management tools save us from chasing files or components around and prevent data loss.
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    Autodesk

    • It speeds up projects by streamlining the CAD-to-3D-printing workflow
    • As an advanced user, I have written a few tutorials about it as well
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