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https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/Ko/G1/F336NW5VE611.JPEGInventor for detailed parts to assemblyInventor is being used at my organization to address the 3D modeling issue that has presented itself, as more and more clients are requesting to see 3D models of their finished products before investing and finalization of the design process. Inventor is currently only being used by the drafting department however engineers have had some use as well to help with the design process.,Modeling of individual parts and combining them to complete assemblies. Multitude of formats can imported and exported. Modeling workflow is straightforward. Assembly of parts is intuitive.,Larger assemblies generally require larger computing power. Surface modelling Mouse controls,9,Being able to provide a detailed 3D model to clients Being able to model an entire facility Being able to export assemblies to other formats for client viewing purposes.,SOLIDWORKS,AutoCAD, RevitStable with large assemblies.At Gemcor, I used Inventor and AutoCAD to design, detail and make drawings of components or subsystems of complete automatic riveting systems and associated aircraft assembly tooling, machinery and factory installations. These systems were designed for precision automated and semi-automated assembly of riveted joints fastening aircraft components together.,I found Inventor to be particularly stable when working with large assemblies using hundreds or thousands of parts. Inventor allows production of derived parts based on configuration of the parent with their own design histories. Inventor allows definable motion limits for moving parts.,Last I used it, 3D sketching was much more awkward and limited than solidworks. In inventor it mostly consisted of converting existing entities to make a 3 dimensional path. The stability of features based on converted entities could be improved. When designing handrails for instance, if I adjusted a parent feature, I would often have to redefine or fix the child feature. While the view cube / adjuster is neat, I miss the ability to click on the center mouse button and rotate the part.,7,Working just as a designer/drafter, I was able to learn to use Inventor and be satisfactorily productive to feed myself for a time. If I were to buy it to produce a project taking less than a year or several months, the various short-term license options are attractive. If nothing else, because it's a bit awkward compared to SolidWorks and I can be productive with it, it's easier for me to get a job using a program not a broadly used as SolidWorks if I need to.,SOLIDWORKS and PTC Creo,AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKSUsing Inventor by a MEP contractor with a Fabrication ShopWe design and manufacture custom air handling units and we are starting to use Autodesk Inventor to create 3D models instead of traditional 2D drawings. We also manufacture pressure vessels, air washers and other production machinery which we are discussing creating 3D models. We also are a MEP contractor with a service department installing and servicing commercial systems. Our CAD department models electrical, mechanical piping and duct for our projects. We use AutoCAD, Fabrication and Revit depending on the discipline.,We design and build custom air handling units and have started using inventor to create 3D models. This provides us the opportunity to eliminate conflicts before fabrication when we incorporate the fans, coils, piping, conduit and structure in a single model. Using inventor's stress analysis allows us to test the air handling unit bases using the equipment loads to verify the design. Often we can lighten the structural members based on the results saving the company money and still delivering a quality product. Using the iLogic feature to generate wall geometry by adding H-members every 4' is an excellent feature and we are currently developing custom parameters to assist in out air handling unit modeling. This will save us time by basically filling in length and width to generate foam wall panels and extruded aluminum members required in wall assemblies. Using the frame generator has been helpful is creating a standard structural steel base layout. This will created a BOM to send to the shop defining structural members and cut lengths.,The software is difficult to learn. We have just scratched the surface of the capabilities of Inventor. Would like Autodesk to provide more training specific to our use. Inventor uses libraries to for all the components and they are not included in the project file so if you send the project to another PC you need also to have the library. Revit has all of the families included in the project file so you don't need to share families.,6,Difficult to learn - Most 3D software has short learning curve but it seems like Inventor has so many features that it takes much longer. Cost - We have had multiple seats of Inventor for more than 10 years and very seldom use it. Our work is on a tight schedule and we don't have time to learn how to use Inventor. I'm sure if we took the time it would speed up modeling time but can't prove it to the management yet. Our company besides the fabrication shop is a MEP contractor. We have Inventor seats on several workstations that are used primarily for electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems. Inventor PRO has the tube and pipe added feature which we never use on our projects. Change is difficult when the company has been using other software for many years and all new options need to be proven before they will accept in production. Inventor is not a software to use once in a while. If you don't use it daily it is very difficult to complete a model without referencing help.,,Revit, Bluebeam Revu, Microsoft Access, AutoCADGreat (and free for students) software alternative for SOLIDWORKSAt my college, I was able to utilize the vast abilities of Inventor to create and design projects for my engineering courses. Autodesk Inventor is a great tool that allows free access to students too! So this product allows students the ability to create and design almost anything whether it is for engineering or not. Also, especially with higher-end engineering courses, you will need to do a structural analysis on your product and Inventor makes light work of almost everything you can throw at it.,3-D Modeling Simulations Material / Stress Analysis The Autodesk atmosphere and compatability between their apps Student Software,I would love to see a built-in 3-D printing tool I would love to see some quicker short cuts Lower price to compete with SOLIDWORKS,9,Student Software is awesome for a college team on a budget. Also, you can have the whole team working on the project at once meaning a boost on productivity. Met deadlines due to the ease of use and ability to change dimensions on the fly.,SOLIDWORKS,SOLIDWORKS, Revit, GanttPROGreat, Professional Modelling and Drawing Creation. Traditional Modeling, not Cloud-BasedAutodesk Inventor is the 3D Modelling software of choice in this company. We use it for all modelling and printmaking, as well as doc control of manufacturing prints. It is used by the engineering department to create documents for sales and manufacturing.,3D Modeling. Parametric Modeling. Drawing Creation. Simulation.,Assembly mates. Document control.,10,Good, professional prints for customers. Good STEP file export for customers. Poor collaboration tools.,SOLIDWORKS, Onshape and Fusion 360,SOLIDWORKS, Onshape, Fusion 360, OneNote, Microsoft Office 365,7,1Easy to use 3D modeling software, with some downfallsInventor is used in the Electrical department to design and layout electrical control cabinets and junction boxes. Creating these panels in 3D helps us ensure all components will fit and brings in the depth factor, which is especially helpful with door mounted components. The mechanical side also uses Autodesk Inventor to model the machines that we build. I believe Inventor is much easier to use than Autocad, also there are a lot of perks to using Inventor. One feature which is extremely helpful is running FEA's on models, which shows the stress points and such. Inventor helps my organization create high quality and detailed models of our product, which makes interacting with the customer easier.,The learning curve for Inventor is very small, which makes training new people easier. By making this software easy to learn, new people can start contributing more at an earlier stage. I have heard from multiple people that the basic tasks in Inventor are very easy to use. Inventor makes design changes very easy, as long as you practice good design rules. Making modifications to existing models is very easy with Inventor, if there is an issue with a constraint or sketch, it makes sure you are aware. This also contributes to making Inventor easier to use. The software does not require an extremely powerful machine, as long as you do not have 1000's of parts in your model. This is helpful for my organization because not everybody has a powerful desktop PC, and they are still able to open up and view models on their laptops.,Inventor is not the most cost-effective 3D software, it depends on the amount of money your organization would like to spend on design software. There is other 3D modeling software out there that are more cost effective, but they might not be as easy to learn as Inventor. Some of the menus within the software are sort of confusing, also some of the functions are hidden within sub menus. This can sometimes make finding certain functions a hassle. There is a way to hotkey functions to keyboard buttons, but I have not found an easy way to do this. If your model has over 1000 parts, then creating 2D drawings can cause a headache. If you have a lot of parts in your model, and your machine is not powerful enough, then creating a 2D drawing can take some time depending on the level of detail required.,9,It has helped us create 3D models cost effectively with a small learning curve. Some of the users had to upgrade their systems to handle the models which were created. They were originally not able to open them because of their lack of RAM and CPU power. We are not able to leverage previous Autocad drawings in Inventor, they all had to be recreated. This caused us to have to redo some work from the past.,SOLIDWORKS and Revit,AutoCAD, Revit, Microsoft AccessAutodesk Inventor: specialized tool for designing mechanical parts and assemblies.Autodesk Inventor is part of the curriculum for the department of mechanical/mechatronics engineering. Therefore, its used by many students and faculty as part of their regular classes which include mechanical design, digital manufacturing, introduction to CAD, mechanical drawing, industrial engineering, etc. It's also used in many workshops and outside of the classroom for the development of individual projects. Autodesk Inventor is part of an Autodesk Suite that's focused on designing mechanical parts and assemblies for the generation of blueprints, industrial manufacturing or even 3D printing.,Inventor has a unique drawing system based on creating sketches in XYZ planes. This makes it easier and more efficient to develop/modify a new component based on the drawn sketches, similar to the way you can create a 3-D figure based on its isometric drawings. It's different from AutoCAD because 3-D figures are treated as solid parts and not just as one big computer drawing. This allows the user to treat every component parts that can later be added to an assembly or modified as independent components of a more complex system. Very easy to develop professional looking blueprints based on 3-dimensional parts that can be later used for manufacturing in traditional lathe/milling machines. It's even possible to generate an exploded view of an entire assembly. Inventor is not just a mechanical drawing suite. It includes many additional features/uses such as sheet metal design, mold design, stress analysis of parts.,The way file addressing and directories are handled isn't very straightforward and can be very prone to errors. Especially when dealing with large quantities of parts and sending an assembly to another PC or colleague, it will not work if not carefully done. There isn't much detail as to what mathematical models and calculation methods are employed in embedded tools for stress, temperature or vibration analysis. This leaves a lot to be desired, especially if you need to use these results for research or academic publishing. It requires a lot of CPU and memory resources if your machine doesn't meet and exceed these requirements the entire program will begin to shut down all of a sudden, especially after large periods of work. This problem has lead me to lose a lot of progress and time when changes weren't saved!,9,Autodesk products and suites have great value compared to other alternatives, especially for the education sector. Inventor incorporates many tools and mechanical design products into one single environment, making it easier and faster for our faculty to teach a wide array of concepts and engineering methods. The use of Inventor has helped us mitigate the need for other software solutions and has provided our students with a great tool to develop projects outside the classroom that transcend the universities traditional goals.,ANSYS Discovery,National Instruments MultisimAutodesk Inventor - the perfect way to get into 3D modelingI use Autodesk Inventor on a weekly basis as a simple 3D CAD software. I use it to model simple features and parts of our prototypes before they go to the 3D printer or physical prototyping. Currently, it is solely used by me, but the output file types enable me to share the models with other people in the company, regardless of if they have Autodesk Inventor or not.,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.,There are many times that the Mate feature does not work when building an assembly. The program has trouble with concentric mates in particular and often flips two pieces in the opposite direction that they are supposed to lay then trying to make two circles concentric. I wish Autodesk Inventor was more advanced at times. There is a point that you can no longer do your modeling in Inventor and you need to move to a more advanced software such a SolidWorks to complete your drawing. There are just not enough advanced features in Inventor to get some jobs done. Inventor begins to get sluggish really fast as you begin to create large assemblies. After adding 10+ individual parts to an assembly and trying to rotate/zoom/move it, the program becomes slow and skips around during these movements.,8,Inventor has helped me save a lot of money on the cost of prototyping because it lets me draw out 3D models of parts and assemblies before I create them to confirm that everything will work before I begin to build it. As an inexpensive software, Inventor has been extremely good at helping me get my ideas across to people who are not in the engineering department by being able to draw out products and demonstrate them right on my laptop. As we have moved to more complicated products, I have needed a more advanced modeling software. This has forced us to have to purchase SolidWorks, an additional software, to be able to continue our work.,SOLIDWORKS and Fusion 360,SOLIDWORKS, MATLAB, Fusion 360Strong Industrial Design SoftwareAutodesk was recently selected as the design software provider for our entire organization. All divisions were migrated over to Autodesk Inventor. It is used to design all of our product lines.,The frame generator module is a very powerful tool for designing structures. You can design structures very quickly using this tool. It can then be quickly analyzed using the FEA frame analysis tool. The sheet metal functionality is powerful. It offers many options and tools for sheet metal design work. The iLogic and Rules based design environment is extremely powerful for automating designs. If you have experience with basic coding, you can develop some very strong automated designs. The basic Vault system is a real plus for groups with multiple users.,It needs a feature recognition tool like SolidWorks FeatureWorks for importing model files from other cad platforms. Managing iLogic and Content Center libraries content can be tricky to navigate for new users.,9,Inventor has allowed us to improve our product release times and reduce the design mistakes that are often found after the design has been released to the manufacturing stage. It has allowed all divisions to collaborate more efficiently.,SOLIDWORKS,SOLIDWORKSInventor is a professional CAD package that will suite all your general MECH needs.Autodesk Inventor is used solely by the engineering department to spec out electronic and mechanical parts of physical goods. Overall, Autodesk Inventor is a great solution to complex assembly files that have multiple (50+) components and small parts that the overall product is made of. Use of the simulation and analysis tools are a key advantage in successful product development and one that we find to be extremely helpful within Inventor.,Great simulation tools included. Specifically the stress analysis. Intuitive user interface and icons that are standard across various CAD programs (makes it easy to train new employees verse in other CAD programs). 2D drawing creation is easy and has a robust set of features that other programs don't Std Part libraries are better and easier to use,Sheet metal tools are not as robust as some alternative programs. Surface modeling is a challenge in Inventor (compared to SolidWorks or Fusion 360). Assembly constraints are confusing and hard to figure out if you're picking up a project that someone else started.,6,Great analysis tools that do just as much as third part analysis tools (that used to be used). Can quickly share files with others which cuts down hours of time versus "old" ways of sharing files. Output to STL files for quick 3D printing and rapid prototyping is very valuable to be able to quickly iterate.,Fusion 360, PTC Creo and SOLIDWORKS,Fusion 360, SOLIDWORKS, PTC CreoA classic option for any EngineerAutodesk Inventor is used by our engineering team to model existing or new product prototypes and use analysis tools to forecast testing data for different materials. We also forecast tension and other types of loads prior to testing.,Platform keeps track of each design change in a line-by-line properties table for easy editing Analysis tools have several common materials and auto calculate load factors Creates easy 2D spec drawings with different views,Not very intuitive for creating assemblies with multiple 3D models Speed is an issue. Backups need to be created consistently to combat this,9,Reduces costs of prototype production. Pre-tests dictate the final prototype materials or designs to consider Potential cost reduction to test redesigns or alternative materials,SOLIDWORKSInventor has been my secret weapon for the past 12 years!We use it for concept designing and design engineering as well as for final production.,integrated with other autodesk programs Technical drawings is easy and automatically updates User Interface is clean and intuitive,Vault is still confusing to me, 12 years later you need a really powerful work station with tons of ram and an expensive graphics card I wish there was an automatic way to name your drawings in IDW,10,lean and seamless production can share files with co workers output to step files or stl files for 3D priting,,Snagit, Google Drive
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July 05, 2019

Inventor for detailed parts to assembly

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Inventor is being used at my organization to address the 3D modeling issue that has presented itself, as more and more clients are requesting to see 3D models of their finished products before investing and finalization of the design process. Inventor is currently only being used by the drafting department however engineers have had some use as well to help with the design process.
  • Modeling of individual parts and combining them to complete assemblies.
  • Multitude of formats can imported and exported.
  • Modeling workflow is straightforward.
  • Assembly of parts is intuitive.
  • Larger assemblies generally require larger computing power.
  • Surface modelling
  • Mouse controls
Inventor is well suited to creating individual detailed parts that are a part of a larger assembly for a model, for example, a car. Where it is less appropriate is for the design of buildings and facilities. Even though it can be used for architectural purposes the detailing and creation of architectural elements are best utilized in other software packages.
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May 17, 2019

Stable with large assemblies.

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At Gemcor, I used Inventor and AutoCAD to design, detail and make drawings of components or subsystems of complete automatic riveting systems and associated aircraft assembly tooling, machinery and factory installations. These systems were designed for precision automated and semi-automated assembly of riveted joints fastening aircraft components together.
  • I found Inventor to be particularly stable when working with large assemblies using hundreds or thousands of parts.
  • Inventor allows production of derived parts based on configuration of the parent with their own design histories.
  • Inventor allows definable motion limits for moving parts.
  • Last I used it, 3D sketching was much more awkward and limited than SOLIDWORKS. In inventor it mostly consisted of converting existing entities to make a 3 dimensional path.
  • The stability of features based on converted entities could be improved. When designing handrails for instance, if I adjusted a parent feature, I would often have to redefine or fix the child feature.
  • While the view cube / adjuster is neat, I miss the ability to click on the center mouse button and rotate the part.
I've found Inventor well suited to handling large and very large assemblies without crashing. That being said, everything is a bit less easy for me to do than it is in SOLIDWORKS. Some things, like adjustable non-rectilinear or splined 3-dimensional paths drawn in the context of assemblies, I don't know if it could be done in Inventor, at least easily.
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March 18, 2019

Using Inventor by a MEP contractor with a Fabrication Shop

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We design and manufacture custom air handling units and we are starting to use Autodesk Inventor to create 3D models instead of traditional 2D drawings. We also manufacture pressure vessels, air washers and other production machinery which we are discussing creating 3D models. We also are a MEP contractor with a service department installing and servicing commercial systems. Our CAD department models electrical, mechanical piping and duct for our projects. We use AutoCAD, Fabrication and Revit depending on the discipline.
  • We design and build custom air handling units and have started using inventor to create 3D models. This provides us the opportunity to eliminate conflicts before fabrication when we incorporate the fans, coils, piping, conduit and structure in a single model.
  • Using inventor's stress analysis allows us to test the air handling unit bases using the equipment loads to verify the design. Often we can lighten the structural members based on the results saving the company money and still delivering a quality product.
  • Using the iLogic feature to generate wall geometry by adding H-members every 4' is an excellent feature and we are currently developing custom parameters to assist in out air handling unit modeling. This will save us time by basically filling in length and width to generate foam wall panels and extruded aluminum members required in wall assemblies.
  • Using the frame generator has been helpful is creating a standard structural steel base layout. This will created a BOM to send to the shop defining structural members and cut lengths.
  • The software is difficult to learn. We have just scratched the surface of the capabilities of Inventor. Would like Autodesk to provide more training specific to our use.
  • Inventor uses libraries to for all the components and they are not included in the project file so if you send the project to another PC you need also to have the library. Revit has all of the families included in the project file so you don't need to share families.
If you are creating detailed models or individual parts this program will get it done. It has the ability to model anything you would manufacture down to the smallest detail. I've often said that I can model my smartphone using Revit and it would look very similar but Autodesk Inventor has the ability to create all of the parts inside my phone which Revit can't do because it can't model with lines that close together. When I model a small part in Revit I can offset lines approximately .010". Any closer the software won't create them. Inventor will draw lines .0001 and maybe even smaller so you can see how small of a model you can design.Our company manufactures custom air handling units and we are progressing to 3D modeling from 2D AutoCAD. I have complete three units using Revit but have issues with the limitation of the spacing of the lines. The units use custom aluminum extrusions between wall panels, at corners and at the roof with specific designs to create a thermal break. Inventor can model these perfectly where I need to compromise using Revit. Inventor using the frame generator can also speed up this process especially when modeling the base. We still need to learn more on using parameters to generate wall geometry spacing extrusions at specific distances.
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February 22, 2019

Great (and free for students) software alternative for SOLIDWORKS

Score 9 out of 10
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At my college, I was able to utilize the vast abilities of Inventor to create and design projects for my engineering courses. Autodesk Inventor is a great tool that allows free access to students too! So this product allows students the ability to create and design almost anything whether it is for engineering or not. Also, especially with higher-end engineering courses, you will need to do a structural analysis on your product and Inventor makes light work of almost everything you can throw at it.
  • 3-D Modeling
  • Simulations
  • Material / Stress Analysis
  • The Autodesk atmosphere and compatability between their apps
  • Student Software
  • I would love to see a built-in 3-D printing tool
  • I would love to see some quicker short cuts
  • Lower price to compete with SOLIDWORKS
Autodesk Inventor is a great tool that can be used by almost anyone to create anything. While I will say that it is more suited towards the engineering side of the spectrum, Inventor's seemingly unending capabilities make it suitable for anything. I don't see a reason why you have to be in a certain field at all. You just need a picture in your mind and the willingness to learn the software and you can literally create anything.
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May 22, 2019

Great, Professional Modelling and Drawing Creation. Traditional Modeling, not Cloud-Based

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Autodesk Inventor is the 3D Modelling software of choice in this company. We use it for all modelling and printmaking, as well as doc control of manufacturing prints. It is used by the engineering department to create documents for sales and manufacturing.
  • 3D Modeling.
  • Parametric Modeling.
  • Drawing Creation.
  • Simulation.
  • Assembly mates.
  • Document control.
Autodesk Inventor is a great software for 3d Modeling in a manufacturing environment. It is great for small assemblies and components. I would not use it for plant layout or extremely large assemblies. It also isn't as flexible for collaboration or cloud sharing of files. It is a good, traditional, controlled modeling software, with a pretty good simulation package.
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April 26, 2019

Easy to use 3D modeling software, with some downfalls

Score 9 out of 10
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Inventor is used in the Electrical department to design and layout electrical control cabinets and junction boxes. Creating these panels in 3D helps us ensure all components will fit and brings in the depth factor, which is especially helpful with door mounted components. The mechanical side also uses Autodesk Inventor to model the machines that we build. I believe Inventor is much easier to use than AutoCAD, also there are a lot of perks to using Inventor. One feature which is extremely helpful is running FEA's on models, which shows the stress points and such. Inventor helps my organization create high quality and detailed models of our product, which makes interacting with the customer easier.
  • The learning curve for Inventor is very small, which makes training new people easier. By making this software easy to learn, new people can start contributing more at an earlier stage. I have heard from multiple people that the basic tasks in Inventor are very easy to use.
  • Inventor makes design changes very easy, as long as you practice good design rules. Making modifications to existing models is very easy with Inventor, if there is an issue with a constraint or sketch, it makes sure you are aware. This also contributes to making Inventor easier to use.
  • The software does not require an extremely powerful machine, as long as you do not have 1000's of parts in your model. This is helpful for my organization because not everybody has a powerful desktop PC, and they are still able to open up and view models on their laptops.
  • Inventor is not the most cost-effective 3D software, it depends on the amount of money your organization would like to spend on design software. There is other 3D modeling software out there that are more cost effective, but they might not be as easy to learn as Inventor.
  • Some of the menus within the software are sort of confusing, also some of the functions are hidden within sub menus. This can sometimes make finding certain functions a hassle. There is a way to hotkey functions to keyboard buttons, but I have not found an easy way to do this.
  • If your model has over 1000 parts, then creating 2D drawings can cause a headache. If you have a lot of parts in your model, and your machine is not powerful enough, then creating a 2D drawing can take some time depending on the level of detail required.
Inventor is well suited when you need 3D modeling software that is easy to use. I believe out of the two other Inventor type programs I have used, this is the easiest to learn. This is especially useful if you are bringing people who are not too experienced.

Inventor is less appropriate in scenarios when you need highly detailed 3D models that look realistic. The other 3D programs that I have used have much better looking models, they look much more realistic.
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February 11, 2019

Autodesk Inventor: specialized tool for designing mechanical parts and assemblies.

Score 9 out of 10
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Autodesk Inventor is part of the curriculum for the department of mechanical/mechatronics engineering. Therefore, its used by many students and faculty as part of their regular classes which include mechanical design, digital manufacturing, introduction to CAD, mechanical drawing, industrial engineering, etc. It's also used in many workshops and outside of the classroom for the development of individual projects. Autodesk Inventor is part of an Autodesk Suite that's focused on designing mechanical parts and assemblies for the generation of blueprints, industrial manufacturing or even 3D printing.
  • Inventor has a unique drawing system based on creating sketches in XYZ planes. This makes it easier and more efficient to develop/modify a new component based on the drawn sketches, similar to the way you can create a 3-D figure based on its isometric drawings.
  • It's different from AutoCAD because 3-D figures are treated as solid parts and not just as one big computer drawing. This allows the user to treat every component parts that can later be added to an assembly or modified as independent components of a more complex system.
  • Very easy to develop professional looking blueprints based on 3-dimensional parts that can be later used for manufacturing in traditional lathe/milling machines. It's even possible to generate an exploded view of an entire assembly.
  • Inventor is not just a mechanical drawing suite. It includes many additional features/uses such as sheet metal design, mold design, stress analysis of parts.
  • The way file addressing and directories are handled isn't very straightforward and can be very prone to errors. Especially when dealing with large quantities of parts and sending an assembly to another PC or colleague, it will not work if not carefully done.
  • There isn't much detail as to what mathematical models and calculation methods are employed in embedded tools for stress, temperature or vibration analysis. This leaves a lot to be desired, especially if you need to use these results for research or academic publishing.
  • It requires a lot of CPU and memory resources if your machine doesn't meet and exceed these requirements the entire program will begin to shut down all of a sudden, especially after large periods of work. This problem has lead me to lose a lot of progress and time when changes weren't saved!
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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February 07, 2019

Autodesk Inventor - the perfect way to get into 3D modeling

Score 8 out of 10
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I use Autodesk Inventor on a weekly basis as a simple 3D CAD software. I use it to model simple features and parts of our prototypes before they go to the 3D printer or physical prototyping. Currently, it is solely used by me, but the output file types enable me to share the models with other people in the company, regardless of if they have Autodesk Inventor or not.
  • 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.
  • There are many times that the Mate feature does not work when building an assembly. The program has trouble with concentric mates in particular and often flips two pieces in the opposite direction that they are supposed to lay then trying to make two circles concentric.
  • I wish Autodesk Inventor was more advanced at times. There is a point that you can no longer do your modeling in Inventor and you need to move to a more advanced software such a SOLIDWORKS to complete your drawing. There are just not enough advanced features in Inventor to get some jobs done.
  • Inventor begins to get sluggish really fast as you begin to create large assemblies. After adding 10+ individual parts to an assembly and trying to rotate/zoom/move it, the program becomes slow and skips around during these movements.
Autodesk Inventor is well-suited for situations where you are creating 3D models of small, simple parts and assemblies. It is hands-down the fastest and most reliable way to get this done. When you are looking for a software that has many advanced features and controls to create an assembly of 20+ parts, you need to look for other software.
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February 09, 2019

Strong Industrial Design Software

Score 9 out of 10
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Autodesk was recently selected as the design software provider for our entire organization. All divisions were migrated over to Autodesk Inventor. It is used to design all of our product lines.
  • The frame generator module is a very powerful tool for designing structures. You can design structures very quickly using this tool. It can then be quickly analyzed using the FEA frame analysis tool.
  • The sheet metal functionality is powerful. It offers many options and tools for sheet metal design work.
  • The iLogic and Rules based design environment is extremely powerful for automating designs. If you have experience with basic coding, you can develop some very strong automated designs.
  • The basic Vault system is a real plus for groups with multiple users.
  • It needs a feature recognition tool like SOLIDWORKS FeatureWorks for importing model files from other cad platforms.
  • Managing iLogic and Content Center libraries content can be tricky to navigate for new users.
Autodesk Inventor is well suited for most industrial design environments. It is well suited for those with multi-disciplined design groups. Autodesk has software for about anything a company might be involved in. [It's a] Very diverse software portfolio.
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February 01, 2019

Inventor is a professional CAD package that will suite all your general MECH needs.

Score 6 out of 10
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Autodesk Inventor is used solely by the engineering department to spec out electronic and mechanical parts of physical goods. Overall, Autodesk Inventor is a great solution to complex assembly files that have multiple (50+) components and small parts that the overall product is made of. Use of the simulation and analysis tools are a key advantage in successful product development and one that we find to be extremely helpful within Inventor.
  • Great simulation tools included. Specifically the stress analysis.
  • Intuitive user interface and icons that are standard across various CAD programs (makes it easy to train new employees verse in other CAD programs).
  • 2D drawing creation is easy and has a robust set of features that other programs don't
  • Std Part libraries are better and easier to use
  • Sheet metal tools are not as robust as some alternative programs.
  • Surface modeling is a challenge in Inventor (compared to SOLIDWORKS or Fusion 360).
  • Assembly constraints are confusing and hard to figure out if you're picking up a project that someone else started.
Autodesk Inventor is a great CAD solution if you're in need of mechanical designs that require thorough testing and iteration before sending them off to be manufactured. It has a number of components that allow you to create tooling and other features key to successful manufacturing. Although the file structure is sometimes hard to learn, it can be useful in models and assembly files that have hundreds of parts. Autodesk Inventor is not as good as organic shapes and surface modeling, especially for packaging design projects (for that I use Fusion 360). You can now export to a link so you can share your model with others, which is a great addition to this overall CAD package.
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December 17, 2018

A classic option for any Engineer

Score 9 out of 10
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Autodesk Inventor is used by our engineering team to model existing or new product prototypes and use analysis tools to forecast testing data for different materials. We also forecast tension and other types of loads prior to testing.
  • Platform keeps track of each design change in a line-by-line properties table for easy editing
  • Analysis tools have several common materials and auto calculate load factors
  • Creates easy 2D spec drawings with different views
  • Not very intuitive for creating assemblies with multiple 3D models
  • Speed is an issue. Backups need to be created consistently to combat this
It’s well suited for product engineer type managers who are looking to create 3D models for export, components to create tooling, and analyze prototypes
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November 28, 2018

Inventor has been my secret weapon for the past 12 years!

Score 10 out of 10
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We use it for concept designing and design engineering as well as for final production.
  • integrated with other autodesk programs
  • Technical drawings is easy and automatically updates
  • User Interface is clean and intuitive
  • Vault is still confusing to me, 12 years later
  • you need a really powerful work station with tons of ram and an expensive graphics card
  • I wish there was an automatic way to name your drawings in IDW
for all sorts of design and production. I've worked in furniture, access control, consumer products, exhibit, and packaging. great for models with thousands of parts or just a couple. I also like the PDF generator so you can share your files. Additionally, now you can export to a link so you can share your model with others. The views can turn the model 360 degrees. Many new updates with awesome usability with collaboration in mind!
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Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software offers professional-grade 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation tools.

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