Autodesk Inventor was developed for professional and qualified engineers, qualified inventors, and knowledgeable hobbyists. It allows users to create highly detailed plans, CAD drawings and designs for their current project. The extensive range of tools allows users to work faster, more efficiently, and accurately. Inventor allows you to incorporate specific technical details and manufacturing information right into your 3D project documentation.
An extensive collection of powerful design tools
The Autodesk Inventor design tool is built on top of programs such as AnyCAD, and has powerful additions such as MBD (Model-Based Definition). You may take your designs from the preliminary stages, all the way up to manufacturer-ready plans. You do not have to buy MBD add-ons, the module comes with your Inventor subscription. The 2018 version has faster rendering, better graphics, and quicker view creations. Even larger designs may be viewed more speedily thanks to the Autodesk’s improved performance that allows you to navigate your assemblies more quickly.
The Autodesk Inventor 2018 has GD&T (geometric dimensioning and tolerancing) functions that allow you to add manufacturing information into your 3D models. Integrate MBD into your documentation, and use data pulled from 3D PDFs, downstream manufacturing, or 2D drawings. All of this will help make your project process more efficient, which will get you to the manufacturing stage a little quicker.
Better graphics, an intuitive interface, and more file type options
Autodesk Inventor 2018 is markedly better than previous versions. The interface is more intuitive for engineers who are used to dealing with Inventor and CAD design software. The interface has also been laid out in a way that allows students to easily understand and grasp the tools available.
Work with more file types than any other version of Inventor has allowed. The software is also backwards compatible, which means you can pull up all your old files and still use them. The Inventor developers have improved mesh in drawings and they have expanded Interoperability.
The search function is more robust, navigation is quicker, and filtering is more intuitive. The program features interactive panels that are rich with information. It’s GUI, options menus, tabs and panels are intelligently laid out, but the program will still be confusing to people who are not accustomed to using design software.
The full package for engineers and designers
One of the greatest things about Autodesk Inventor is the fact that it offers a robust package. You may pick your software, but you do not have to download add-ons and extensions to find and use the functions you require. The program does require a little more processing power than most other design programs, but that downside is offset by the fact you have all that you need in one place.
The backward compatibility functions will also make communicating and collaborating with other teams, manufactures and suppliers a little easier. Inventor subscriptions are also available as pay-as-you-go, which means your clients may download and use the software for a short time so that they may see, use and edit your work without having to full and expensive software packages.
The intuitive interface will still confuse people in the lay community, but much of what an engineer sees will make a fair amount of sense to him or her , which means training costs will be lowered in the long run. It is a fine design program that is worthy of consideration if you have an engineering or design project in the works.