Great modeling tool that allows for an innovative approach to design
November 21, 2019

Great modeling tool that allows for an innovative approach to design

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Autodesk Inventor

Inventor is being used by our drawing and design department. Our business is designing manufacturing drawings related to coal washing plants in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, South-Africa. We use Inventor for all structural designs which are then converted into IDW's which are in turn used by manufacturing teams to do the actual manufacturing and assembly.


  • Sheet metal design.
  • Adaptive design.
  • Steel section availability through library elements.


  • The style manager might be better. Choosing between or changing styles related to materials used, measurement details, dimension options, etc.
  • Modeling options are sometimes lacking in designing curved faces through the use of mesh.
  • Licensing might be expensive for small startup companies or single entrepreneurs.
  • Working on a project designed with Inventor provides a modular design platform that can quickly be configured or changed as required. This allows for the quick turn around time for the design and revision of drawings.
  • We've used Inventor over the years (since 2013) and the updates and newly released versions of Inventor do not require re-training or restrict use.
  • Autodesk follows an intuitive approach and users or designers who have worked on other design platforms like SOLIDWORKS can transition easily to Inventor.
Inventor and SOLIDWORKS compare nicely with it coming down to user preference. Both are great modeling tools, with Autodesk providing more flexibility through its subscription add-ons. Although AutoCAD exists in a different environment it is still used for design although less modeling is involved, with Inventor being way easier to use, more intuitive and visually appealing.
Support for Inventor is great. This is supported by online tutorials and help forums that are actively supported by customer service or support teams. This accelerates the adoption of the service and allows for easy access to new users which can train themselves without the need for a great time or financial investment from the company.

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Inventor is a great tool with multiple use cases and suitable for a variety of industries. I've used Autodesk Inventor in a personal capacity designing trailers for a hobby and then as mentioned through this review to design coal washing plants. This shows that Autodesk can be scaled to accommodate a user's design requirements. We've also used standard steel section design as well as sheet metal design which works as expected. Autodesk was the preferred choice of design tool used throughout our Engineering University classes and is more intuitive and user-friendly compared to other design packages I've worked with.


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