Autodesk Inventor will always be my 1st choice for all my 3D CAD needs
March 14, 2020

Autodesk Inventor will always be my 1st choice for all my 3D CAD needs

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

Autodesk Inventor is being used as the primary 3D CAD software for all products the company provides. Daily we use all the features including part and assembly creation, IPNs (for exploded views) and the IDWs (for all drawings). We have also used the built-in software for FEA. Autodesk Inventor is only being used by engineering and solves all of our needs for current part revision and new product development.
  • Intuitive Part/Assembly creation.
  • Simple drawings with the ability to save to different formats.
  • Library control for common parts.
  • Creating an IPN in a separate file other than the drawing never made sense
  • Errors in the model tree are never clearly defined
  • Better control over parts when files are moved around (parent/child relationships)
  • Negative - Time spent making/updating IPNs rather than just working on drawings.
  • Using in conjunction with Vault has made revision control a dream.
  • Simple (easy) CAD creation has made for fast product revisions and turn around.
As previously mentioned in an earlier question, Autodesk Inventor has found the happy middle ground for my 3D CAD needs. Autodesk is easy to pick up but complex enough to allow for all our CAD needs to be filled. I personally didn't select Autodesk Inventor (it was what the company had when I was hired), but I would choose it over everything else.
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!

Do you think Autodesk Inventor delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with Autodesk Inventor's feature set?

Yes

Did Autodesk Inventor live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Autodesk Inventor go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy Autodesk Inventor again?

Yes

Out of all of the 3D/2D software I've used in my career, Autodesk Inventor has found the happy middle ground for my 3D CAD needs. It is user-friendly enough to where anyone with 3D CAD software experience can easily pick it up. At the same time, Autodesk is complex enough to allow near limitless imagination to what can be created.