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Features

Electrical Software That Helps Boost Productivity

View AutoCAD Electrical software videos that show how its features facilitate drafting productivity. AutoCAD Electrical engineering software includes all functionality in AutoCAD software, plus electrical engineering features such as symbol libraries, bill of materials (BOM) reporting, and PLC I/O design that make control design faster and more efficient.

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  • Video: Use Location View to view devices in a project

    Location View Tab On Project Manager

    Gain flexibility in the way you view your project. The Location View allows you to view all the devices in the project by installation and location in a tree view. An expanded panel on the Location View lets you view and export individual device and connection information.

     

    Video: how to sort, filter, and generate reports in AutoCAD Electrical

    Automatic Report Generation

    Generating reports is simple and customizable. Run multiple reports with a single command. Built-in tools automatically create and update reports that cover bills of materials (BOMs), from/to wire lists, PLC I/O, terminal plans, cable summaries, and cross-referencing. Sort and filter data to create customized reports that display only relevant information. Place reports into an electrical drawing as a smart table object that can be easily updated later or saved to a file.

     

    Video: demo on how to migrate data from AutoCAD into AutoCAD Electrical

    Customer & Supplier Collaboration

    Easily exchange data with customers or suppliers in native DWG™ file format. Edit and view electrical drawings in any DWG-compatible program, such as AutoCAD design and documentation software or AutoCAD LT 2D drafting software. When electrical drawings are edited by outside sources, AutoCAD Electrical can create a report of any modifications.

     

    Video: demo on how to use folders to organize projects in AutoCAD Electrical

    File & Project Organization

    Create folders and subfolders within an electrical drafting project, and easily move DWG files into those folders. Create as many folders and folder levels as you want. You have the flexibility to organize projects any way you see fit.

     

    Video: how to change the order of drawings within a project in AutoCAD Electrical

    Flexible Drag-&-Drop File Organization

    Easily drag and drop files within an electrical drafting project. This capability gives you the flexibility to change the order of files, move files into folders, and move folders into subfolders. This feature does not rename your files or update pin information.

     

    Video: PDF publishing in AutoCAD Electrical

    PDF Publishing

    Enhance documentation with hyperlinked multipage PDF files of your schematic diagrams. Create multipage PDF documents of your project. Cross-reference and device navigation is enabled through intelligent hyperlinks. Bookmarks reflect your project structure, and all drawing text and attributes are searchable.

  • Video: how to create panel layout drawings in AutoCAD Electrical

    Smart Electrical Panel Layout Drawings

    Extract a list of schematic components for placement into electrical panel layout drawings. Choose the panel location and a physical representation of each device to be inserted into the layout. The software automatically creates a link between the device and its representation. Any changes to the electrical schematic or panel representation update the other nonschematic items, such as wire ducts.

     

    Video: how to manage and edit terminals with the AutoCAD Electrical interface

    Terminal Design

    Manage and edit terminals and jumpers to help save time and help increase the accuracy of electrical control designs. Use the simplified Terminal Strip Editor interface. Easily insert spare terminals or make modifications, such as reversing the left and right wiring information for a terminal. Automatically generate graphical terminal strip layouts based on schematic design information for use in electrical panel layout drawings or terminal plans.

    Generate these terminal strips in a graphical or table format. The software automatically populates your terminal strip layouts with the wiring information for each side of the strip.

     

    Video: how to use marking menus, replacement for linear context menus, in AutoCAD Electrical

    Marking Menus For Faster Edits

    Replace the typical right-click context menu with marking menus for commands. Marking menus are context sensitive, based on the type of object you select, and provide quick access to the most commonly used functions for that object, including Delete Component, Edit Component, Scoot, and Align. This interaction shortens editing time and improves productivity when creating or editing electrical panel board layouts.

     

    Video: demo on exporting XML files into Wago ProServe or Phoenix Contact in AutoCAD Electrical

    Terminal Strip Export/Import

    Export terminal data to an XML file that can be imported into Wago ProServe or Phoenix Contact. Define your terminal strip, spares, and accessories in Wago ProServe Smart Designer or Phoenix Contact Clip Project. With Phoenix Contact, you can save as a 3D STEP file to place the terminal strip in your Inventor assembly.

  • Video: Improved drawing and property for sort includes wire sequences

    Improved Capabilities With Wires

    Apply drawing and project property for sort order to wire sequences as well as tag and wire number order. This setting provides default wire sequencing for wire networks with multiple components.

     

     

    Image demo of automatic wire numbering and component tagging feature in AutoCAD Electrical

    Auto Wire Numbering & Component Tagging

    Assign sequential or reference-based numbers on all wires and components automatically. AutoCAD Electrical assigns unique wire numbers and component tags in your electrical schematic drawings based on the chosen configuration, reducing the time spent tracking design changes and reducing errors. If no clear spot is available, the software searches for a clear spot and automatically draws a leader back to the wire.

     

    Video: demo of a rules-based circuit builder in AutoCAD Electrical

    Circuit Design & Reuse

    Dynamically generate rules-based electrical control circuits based on components, wiring, ratings, and catalog data. Circuit Builder gives you the information to make good electrical engineering decisions that are also environmentally sustainable. Create electrical schematic designs based on wire material type, ambient temperature, maximum voltage drop, and more. Improve productivity by building commonly used circuits once, and then saving them to be reused later.

     

    Video: demo of specialized CAD features for electrical design

    Electrical Schematic Symbol Libraries

    Use several hundred thousand standards-based electrical schematic symbols in AutoCAD Electrical software. A simple, menu-driven system for inserting devices enables you to quickly build standards-based electrical control designs, including pneumatic and hydraulic.

    Select frequently used devices from a menu. Symbol libraries include support for the following standards:

    • AS
    • GB
    • IEC
    • NFPA
    • JIC
    • JIS

    AutoCAD Electrical also includes all the functionality of AutoCAD design and documentation software, plus a comprehensive set of functions developed specifically for designing electrical control systems. Specialized features enable you to trim wire, copy and delete components or circuits, and scoot and align components.

     

    Video: real-time error checking demonstration in AutoCAD Electrical software

    Real-Time Error Checking

    Catch and remove costly errors before the build phase begins. AutoCAD Electrical monitors and alerts you to potential design errors as they occur by constantly comparing the requested changes with the current project. Duplicated wire numbers and component tags are flagged. Avoid errors related to missing or incorrect wire numbers. Alerts help to ensure a smooth design process before the electrical schematic gets passed on to manufacturing.

     

    Video: demo of the functionality enhancements in 2015 release of AutoCAD Electrical software

    Usability Improvements

    Use enhanced themes, table styles, and intelligent Cut, Copy, and Paste commands, as well as Find links. Choose a dark or light theme. Table styles control text size, style, and margins on reports. Intelligent cut and copy can place selections of objects onto the clipboard, while paste inserts the selection with automatic updates to tags and wire numbers. Within the Help documentation, the Find link points to a specific icon within the application to help you locate the command.

  • Video: Electromechanical workflows with Inventor

    Interoperability With Autodesk Inventor

    Gain a seamless integration of the electrical design with the mechanical assembly allowing real time associativity, management, and cross-product updates, with electromechanical workflows between AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor. The two disciplines are kept synchronized allowing error-free integrated design, accurate routing, connectivity and cable/wire lengths through a common user interface between products.

     

    Image of AutoCAD Electrical and its tracking of parent/child contacts

    Real-Time Coil & Contact Cross-Referencing

    Reduce the risk of too many contacts assigned to a relay, and minimize time spent manually tracking assignments. AutoCAD Electrical sets up parent/child relationships between coils and contacts. It keeps track of how many contacts are assigned to any coil or multicontact device and alerts you if you exceed the limit.

     

    Video: demo of AutoCAD Electribal module modeling and its library of thousands of vendor components

    PLC I/O Drawings From Spreadsheets

    Define a project’s I/O assignments in a spreadsheet program to create a comprehensive set of PLC I/O drawings. Automatically generate drawings per the drawing configuration, complete with ladders, I/O modules, addresses and description text, and component and terminal symbols connected to each I/O point. This report exports to the PLC (programmable logic controller) program, virtually eliminating the need to create those drawings manually.

     

    Video: demo of standards based design library in AutoCAD Electrical

    Standards-Based Libraries

    Use component libraries from the industry’s most popular vendors to create standards-based electrical designs that comply with industry requirements. The software includes a manufacturer database of more than 650,000 components and symbols, such as switches, push buttons, relays, contacts, and terminals. In addition, choose from an extensive library of pneumatic, hydraulic, and P&ID devices.

    Compete globally with support for international standards that help you meet your geographic design requirements. Supported standards include:

    • AS
    • GB
    • IEC
    • NFPA
    • JIC
    • JIS
    Video: access catalog data content via the Catalog Browser in AutoCAD Electrical

    Catalog Browser Previews & Inserts Parts

    Insert components into your schematic with the catalog information assigned. Search for catalog items and insert components directly from the Catalog Browser–with a preview of the schematic representations of the part. The Catalog Browser can either be docked or left floating to always remain in view as you work.

    Video: add or edit content in the Catalog Browser of AutoCAD Electrical software

    Edit Parts In Catalog Browser

    Easily add or edit catalog items and assign symbols and 3D parts to the catalog database. Edit, add, or remove records in the catalog database from a single, easy-to-use tabular interface. Assign multiple symbols as well as a 3D part for interoperability with Inventor 3D CAD software.

     

    Video: demo of how the Catalog Browser of AutoCAD Electrical integrates with Inventor

    Inventor Parts Integration

    Add the Electrical Catalog Browser to Inventor 3D CAD software 2015 during installation to access 3D electrical parts. This enhancement supports mechatronics. Insert 3D electrical parts into an Inventor assembly from the same catalog as your electrical design to complete your digital prototyping solution.

Features

Powerful Mechanical Drawing Software

See how AutoCAD Mechanical software includes all the functionality of AutoCAD, plus comprehensive libraries of standards-based parts and tools for automating common mechanical drawing tasks.

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  • Command preview and contextual menus for mechanical drafting

    Command Preview & Contextual Menus

    Preview chamfers, fillets, and offsets as you select the objects to use in the command. View and modify parameters using the new ribbon contextual menu for fillet and chamfer properties.

     

     

    Video: standards-based parts for more accurate mechanical drawings

    700,000 Standard Parts & Features

    Rely on a comprehensive set of standards-based components to produce accurate mechanical drawings and get more consistent results on the shop floor. Insert content and let AutoCAD Mechanical clean up the surrounding geometry so you don’t have to edit it manually. The software supports international mechanical drafting standards and includes libraries of more than 700,000 standard parts.

    Parts include:

    • Screws, nuts, and washers
    • Pins, rivets, and bushings
    • Plugs, lubricators, and sealing rings
    • Bearing and shaft components
    • Structural steel shapes
    • Through, tapped, blind, and oblong holes
    • Undercuts, keyways, and thread ends

     

    Video: detail and document native Inventor models

    Document 3D CAD Models

    Browse Inventor files and create new linked AutoCAD Mechanical drawings based on the most current 3D designs. Incorporate design revisions with associative links that alert users to changes and regenerate the 2D drawing. Create section and detail views from any existing drawing view. Use AutoCAD and Inventor 3D models to produce associative and non-associative 2D drawings, or generate non-associative 2D drawings from other 3D models.

     

    Video: save time with tools designed for mechanical CAD drafting

    Reusable Mechanical Drawing Detailing Tools

    Using a specific tool for almost every aspect of the mechanical CAD drafting process can save you time. Intelligent mechanical drafting tools enable you to re-edit features without having to remove and recreate the original feature. For example, you can easily resize a chamfer or fillet through the original dialog box parameters by double-clicking the chamfer or fillet.

    Tools include:

    • Detail views—easily create linked views at different scales.
    • Hole charts—automatically update charts for the shop floor.
    • Title and revision blocks—available in imperial and metric versions.

     

    Video: customizable AutoCAD Mechanical drafting software

    Layer Management

    The layer management system automatically places items on the correct layer─with correct color and linetype─as you create your mechanical drawing. You can easily customize AutoCAD Mechanical drafting software based on your company requirements, and use layer management to differentiate your drawings.

     

     

    Video: Mechanical CAD software that automatically updates when geometry changes

    Hidden Lines

    Update geometry automatically when changes occur, and minimize time-consuming manual redrawing. Define simple foreground and background selections that redraw geometry to show hidden or dashed lines of parts obstructed by other parts in your design. Identical parts can have different geometrical appearances when hidden. AutoCAD Mechanical recognizes that they are still identical if you need to change the design or get an accurate count for the parts list.

     

    Get enhanced IS0 1302-2002 standards

    Mechanical Drafting Standards Update

    ISO 1302-2002 surface texture symbols support surface indication leaders. You can attach these symbols to edges, and they remain associative to objects, but they originate from a surface or face.

    Symbols include the following:

      Welding symbols

    • Introduce scale factor settings to resize welding elements independently of the text height.
    • Expose the process gap settings to control these gaps.
      Surface texture symbols

    • Support attachment to feature control frames symbol.
    • Support the 2006 revision of the GB/T 131 drafting standard.
      Datum identifier symbols

    • Support attachment to feature control frames symbol.
    • Enhancements to support the 2012 revision of the ISO 1101 drafting standard (DIN, BSI, and CSN).
      Datum target symbols

    • Line termination of datum target symbols enhanced to comply with the 2011 revision of ISO 5459 (DIN, BSI, and CSN).
      Feature control frame symbols

    • Supports the use of additional symbols specified by the 2012 revision of ISO 1101 (DIN, BSI, and CSN).of ISO 1101 (DIN, BSI, and CSN).

     

    Video: comprehensive tools for mechanical design analysis

    Machinery Generators & Calculators

    Get comprehensive tools to more efficiently build mechanisms from paper catalogs and manual calculations. Built into the application environment, these machinery generator and calculator tools—including shaft, spring, belt, chain, and cam generators—can help you make small, iterative changes to improve mechanical drawings. They not only create parts according to your specifications, but they also create all the reports and calculations you need to analyze the design.

     

    Video: Autodesk AutoCAD mechanical drafting part publishing tools

    Custom Part Publishing Support

    All part publishing features that apply to standard parts are available for custom parts. Add custom parts to the existing content library to share within your organization. Provide intelligence to these parts by adding parametric constraints to them through an easy-to-use environment. Use key features, including a Grip Snap tool and a Size-by-Drag tool.

     

    Video: CAD drafting tools designed for mechanical engineers

    Extended Draw Toolbar For Manufacturing

    AutoCAD Mechanical provides additional mechanical drawing and drafting options beyond what’s available in AutoCAD, including more than 30 options for rectangle, arc, and circle creation; automatic centerline creation and updating; specialty lines for breakout views and section lines; and a full suite of construction lines for aligning drafting views.

     

    Video: automatically infer geometry in mechanical drawings

    Infer Constraint Integration

    Geometrically and dimensionally constrain rectangles, symmetrical lines, and centerlines in mechanical drawings. Turn on Auto Constrain to automatically infer geometrical constraints while creating objects. Once constrained, rectangles remain rectangular and centerlines remain in the center of circles or holes.

     

     

    Live updates to Standards Parts library

    Content Manager Standard Parts Live Update

    Get integrated live updates to your Standard Parts library as revisions and new standards become available through content manager. Automatically update the parts within your design to reflect periodic revisions.

     

     

    Video: create and save parts and features

    Custom Content Library

    Create and save standard or custom parts and features for easy access and reuse. Save time and increase efficiency—use the Favorites folder to bookmark parts and features you use daily.

  • Easily access the note template library

    Note Template Gallery

    Access the note template symbol library directly from the ribbon menu. Recently used note templates, previews of each note, and tooltips provide visual references for selecting notes to use in the design.

     

    Mechanical engineering software enables you to calculate mass in BOMs

    Total Mass In Bill Of Materials (BOM)

    Quickly determine the mass of entire assemblies directly in the BOM view. Using quantity and mass component properties of each part in the assembly, the software calculates the total mass and displays it in the BOM list. The total mass property automatically updates anytime you add or remove components from the assembly.

     

    Instant updates when engineering changes are made

    Autodesk Synergy For Mechanical Engineering

    Create associative section and detail views of 3D models created in AutoCAD, Inventor, and competitive products, including SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA, Rhino, and NX applications. Instantly update drawing views, edge display, and location as you make engineering changes. Detail views include full control of shape, scale, and annotations. Leader note capabilities include Holes and Extract Thread Data.

     

    Create multiple dimensions with minimal input

    Smart Mechanical Engineering Dimensions

    Create dimensions using abbreviated dialog boxes that conveniently control and expand only the relevant variables for manufacturing. With automatic dimensioning, you can create multiple dimensions with minimal input, resulting in instant groups of appropriately spaced ordinate, parallel, or symmetric items.

    Smart dimensioning tools force overlapping dimensions to automatically space themselves appropriately while integrating tolerance and fit list information into the mechanical design. Dimension input can even drive and change design geometry to fit certain sizes.

     

    Video: standards-based documentation for mechanical engineering

    Support For International Drafting Standards

    AutoCAD Mechanical engineering software supports ANSI, BSI, CSN, DIN, GB, ISO, JIS, and GOST drafting environments. Adhering to a standard environment can help to improve team communication and drive consistent production results. The software also includes drafting tools for creating standards-based surface texture symbols, geometric dimensioning and tolerances, datum identifiers and targets, notes, taper and slope symbols, and weld symbols.

     

    Video: Intelligent updates to mechanical drawings

    Associative Balloons & Bills Of Materials

    Create associative parts lists and bills of materials (BOMs) specifically developed for manufacturing, and that automatically update as the design changes. AutoCAD Mechanical engineering software includes support for multiple parts lists for each drawing, collapsible assemblies, automatic recognition of standard parts, and customizable options so you can revise features to match current company practices.
    Change a design once, and updates ripple through the entire drawing to keep everyone on schedule, reducing costly stops in production from incorrect part counting, identification, or ordering. Export or link BOM data to manufacturing resource planning (MRP), enterprise resource planning (ERP), or data management systems, such as Vault data management software.

     

    Video: See real-time preview when modifications are made

    Dimension In-Place Editor

    Select multiple dimensions at once, and see a real-time preview when you make modifications. Insert symbols, add or modify fits and tolerances, add prefix or suffix text, and modify precision. With multiple diameters along a shaft selected, applying an h6 fit applies the tolerance to each dimension, based on the nominal size.

     

    Video: AutoCAD Mechanical engineering software supports multiple templates

    Bill Of Materials (BOM) Migration

    AutoCAD Mechanical software supports multiple templates. BOM setup is easier with automatic mapping of BOM properties and automatic creation of migration templates.

     

     

    Content libraries for Japan and Germany

    JIS & DIN Content Libraries

    Get extensive content libraries for Japan (JIS) and Germany (DIN). JIS library includes G 3350:2009 Light Gauge Steel and JIS G 3452:2010 Gas Pipe standards. The DIN library includes DIN 6917:1989, DIN 6918:1990, and DIN 6918A:1990 Fasteners.

     

    Easily access and insert data into DWG files

    Autodesk Content Explorer

    Quickly find your design content based on file objects or text attributes. Content Explorer creates an index of your data based on where you instruct it to look. So you can quickly access files, blocks, layers, linetypes, and styles. You can also access and insert data into DWG™ files.

     

    Get complete feedback on documentation accuracy

    Mechanical Drafting Annotation Monitor

    Check for disassociated annotations in the model space, as well as in each paper space layout. An in-canvas badge flags each disassociated annotation (such as dimension, leader note, or surface texture symbol). The badge also offers access to the Delete and Reassociate commands, giving you complete feedback on the accuracy of your documentation.

Features

Software For Mechanical Design & Simulation

View demo videos of Inventor and Inventor Professional 3D CAD modeling software. Learn about features for advanced mechanical engineering design, finite element analysis, motion simulation, data management, routed system and mold design, as well as enhanced CAD collaboration.

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  • Video: AnyCAD integrated file interoperability

    AnyCAD
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    AnyCAD is integrated file interoperability technologhy that provides direct associative capabilities without the need for file translation.

    With AnyCAD you can:

    • Remove the need to use and support multiple CAD systems
    • Provide associative interoperability
    • Support virtually any mechanical or manufacturing 3D CAD or neutral file format
    • Collaborate easily with suppliers using different 3D CAD systems

     

    Video: Sheet metal design

    Sheet metal design
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Simplify sheet metal design and complex mechanical part design, and improve your productivity with Digital Prototyping. Inventor combines manufacturing information—such as punch tool parameters and custom bend tables—with an accurate 3D model of sheet metal folding.

    Manufacturing engineers can also use the flat-pattern editing environment to tweak flat patterns to help minimize manufacturing costs.

    Sheet metal design features include:

    • Sheet metal styles, flanges, fasteners, and manufacturing drawings
    • Roll-formed parts
    • Transitional shapes
    • Punch libraries
    • Flat-pattern modification

     

    Video: Maintain design intent and reduce errors

    Harness and cable design
    ~Inventor Professional~

    Incorporate cable and harness runs into your 3D digital prototype to calculate accurate path lengths and avoid small-radius bends. The digital prototype helps ensure that electrical components fit into the mechanical assembly before manufacturing.

    Cable and harness design features include:

    • Compatibility with AutoCAD Electrical software
    • Functional harness design
    • Harness validation
    • Harness documentation
    • Automatic wire routing

     

    Free-form modeling shape creation

    Free-form modeling shape creation
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Model organic shapes and incorporate free-form and parametric workflows into a single model. These tools provide an alternate modeling approach to explore and create free-form shaped models using direct manipulation. Start with a free-form shape that best represents the desired geometry (box, sphere, cylinder, torus, or quadball). Then use the free-form editing tools to adjust the shape.

     

    Video: Inventor Home provides a central location for design files

    Customizable Inventor Home
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Customize the new Inventor Home to easily access common tasks.

    Inventor Home functions like a personal dashboard, providing:

    • Basic or full template display
    • Most recently used file list displaying rich information in the tool tip
    • Expanded list of recently used files
    • Ability to pin a file you are working on to make it easy to locate
    • Tabs at the bottom to switch to specific file areas
    • Fast access to Team Web, Help, and the Tutorial learning path

     

    Video: Assembly design

    Assembly design and ease of assembly
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Control data for large assembly designs so you can work on components for just part of the design. Define position and describe part motion in 1 step. Combine design accelerators with assembly tools to be sure that every part and component in an assembly design fits correctly. Accurately validate interference and mass properties to help produce quality products the first time. Quickly assemble individual parts and sub assemblies to define the complete product structure.

     

    Video: Use sketch tools to capture design ideas

    Layout and system design
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Dynamic sketch blocks enable you to evaluate concepts and convert sketches into a fully constrained 3D assembly model to form a 3D digital prototype. Design accelerators offer the fastest way to add the remaining components, such as drive mechanisms, fasteners, steel frames, and hydraulic systems. Move your initial design studies from paper by using the parametric design environment to develop initial concept sketches and kinematic models, and rapidly investigate multiple design concepts.

     

    Video: Plastic part design with Alias

    Plastic part design
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Get maximum flexibility by combining native Inventor geometry with exterior surface models designed in Alias industrial design software. The relationship between Alias and Inventor can reduce time to market, enabling engineers to start detailed designs earlier and mechanical engineers to easily incorporate changes from the industrial design team.

    Plastic part design features include:

    • Advanced shape description
    • Import from Alias products
    • Sculpt tool
    • Surface quality analysis
    • Molded part definition
    • Technical plastic features
    • Rule fillets
    • Draft angle and cross section analysis

     

    Video: Rules-based design and automation tools

    Rules-based design
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Accelerate mechanical engineering design and enable engineers to focus on design intent with rules-based design and automation tools. Integrated Inventor iLogic technology simplifies rules-based design. Even users with little or no programming experience can capture and embed engineering and product knowledge directly into virtual models. iCopy automates the process of copying components, so you can easily customize commonly used assemblies.

     

    Video: Ensure pipe runs and tubing fit properly

    Tube and pipe design
    ~Inventor Professional~

    Use rules-based routing tools that select the correct fittings and help ensure that pipe runs comply with standards.

    Tube and pipe design features include:

    • Pipe fittings library
    • Tube and pipe styles
    • Pipe run creation
    • Hygienic pipe runs
    • Flexible hose
    • Rigid tube routing
    • Tube and pipe documentation

     

    Video: Tooling and mold design

    Tooling and mold design
    ~Inventor Professional~

    Automate key aspects of injection mold design for plastic parts. Quickly create and validate complete mold designs, helping to reduce errors and improve mold performance. With its intuitive mold design workflow, Inventor guides you through the mold design process in a way that is natural for the experienced user and supportive for the novice.

    Simulate and optimize your mold design before machining with the plastic flow analysis tools in Moldflow plastic injection molding simulation software:

    • Determine material flow rates and ideal gate locations
    • Assess shrinkage
    • Establish process parameters

     

    Video: Express Mode provides faster results

    Large assembly design (enhanced)
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Speed the creation, management, and documentation of large, complex assembly designs. Inventor combines design accelerators with assembly tools to help you ensure that every part and component in an assembly design fits correctly. Accurately validate interference and mass properties to help produce quality products the first time. The improved Express Mode and greatly enhanced graphic performance help to provide faster results.

     

    Video: Gain greater control over constraints with Relax Mode

    Sketch constraint control
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Get your sketches in shape faster and more easily with new constraint tools and settings. With the new Relax Mode you can modify geometries that are already constrained. You gain greater control over constraints with improved display, inference, and delete options. Sketch constraints-related settings have also been reorganized into a single Constraint Settings command.

     

    Video: Direct editing tools simplify changes to part geometry

    Edit geometry directly
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Use Direct Edit to parametrically move, size, rotate, and delete imported solid models or native Inventor files.

    • Quickly and precisely change parametric/feature part geometry in models with complex histories.
    • Change imported base solid data.
    • Explore redesign possibilities without commitment.
    • Evaluate the redesign of parts in the context of the parent assembly, and align geometry on the active part with geometry from other non-associative parts.
  • Video: DWG compatibility and AutoCAD integration

    AutoCAD integration and DWG compatibility
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Directly read and write the true DWG file format. With AutoCAD DWG conversion you can share critical design data with partners and customers. Integrate AutoCAD drawings and 3D CAD data into a single digital model, creating a virtual representation of the final product.

    CAD file compatibility features include:

    • Compatibility with AutoCAD Mechanical design software
    • DWG save
    • Direct DWG open
    • DWG Block Browser
    • AutoCAD blocks from Inventor views
    • Template synchronization
    • Import AutoCAD hatch patterns

     

    Video: BIM compatibility features

    BIM compatibility
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Inventor includes tools designed specifically for mechanical engineers and fabricators who work with architects, builders, and contractors. Easy-to-use geometry simplification tools reduce model complexity and use feature recognition to represent your Inventor designs with native features recognized by Revit building design software.

     

    Video: CAD translation tools

    CAD file conversion and data exchange
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Inventor offers CAD translation tools, including native translators that read and write files from other CAD applications. Inventor also includes translators for industry-standard formats such as IGES and STEP. These translators enable you to accept and supply data in customers' preferred formats.

    Inventor CAD file translation capabilities include:

    • CATIA V4
    • CATIA V5
    • UGS
    • SolidWorks
    • Pro/ENGINEER
    • JT 6
    • JT 7
    • Parasolid
    • GRANITE
  • Video: Use digital prototypes to generate documentation

    Manufacturing and design documentation
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Generate engineering and manufacturing design documentation from digital prototypes to help reduce errors and deliver designs in less time. Inventor extends the advantages of AutoCAD design and documentation software with automatic drawing views and comprehensive tools for finishing drawings.

    Manufacturing and design documentation features include:

    • Support for all major drawing standards
    • Direct read and write of the authentic DWG format
    • Automatic drawing views
    • Automatic drawing updates
    • Bill of materials
    • Associative parts list

     

    Vault software is included with Inventor products

    Data management
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Included Vault data management software helps workgroups manage and track design components of a digital prototype. Reuse critical design data, manage bills of materials (BOMs), and collaborate earlier with manufacturing teams, suppliers, and clients using Autodesk PLM 360 cloud-based product lifecycle management software.

    Data sharing and management features include:

    • Exceptional CAD integrations
    • Streamlined workflows
    • Fast data searching
    • Data reuse
    • Concurrent design
    • Automated data organization
    • Easy administration

     

    Video: CAD rendering and visualization tools

    CAD rendering and visualization tools
    ~Inventor, Inventor Professional~

    Clear visuals make it easier for stakeholders and customers who don't have engineering experience to understand engineering drawings and designs. Visualization tools help you quickly create photo-realistic CAD renderings and animations that can convey ideas to managers, explain designs to manufacturers, and persuade customers that you have the best solution for their needs.

    CAD rendering and visualization features include:

    • Advanced lighting, shading, and material properties control
    • Visual fidelity across products
    • Multiple publishing formats
    • DWF file markup
  • Video: Integrated motion simulation

    Integrated motion simulation
    ~Inventor Professional~

    Use motion simulation software—not intuition—to support your design decisions. The motion simulation feature uses the assembly constraints in your 3D model to identify relevant rigid bodies, generate correct motion joints, and compute dynamic behavior. This functionality can help you quickly understand how the design behaves, including the position, velocity, and acceleration of moving parts.

    Inventor CAD simulation features include:

    • Load definition
    • Point trace
    • Graphing
    • Animated visualization
    • Custom report generation

     

    Finite element analysis results

    Integrated finite element analysis
    ~Inventor Professional~

    Increase the accuracy and reliability of your design stress analysis. Use integrated finite element analysis (FEA) to predict stress and deflection with accurate peak loads by transferring reaction forces from simulation time steps to stress analysis.

    Fully integrated with Frame Generator, the Frame Analysis environment helps you simulate the performance of load-bearing frame models quickly and efficiently. After running the analysis, use the report generation tools to present your results and embed graphics and animation in your reports.

    Finite element analysis features include:

    • FEA environment definition
    • Static analysis
    • Modal analysis
    • Frame analysis
    • Analysis output
    • Adaptive solver technology
    • Editable reports

Features

Everything You Need To Create Innovative Products

See how the Digital Prototyping capabilities of Product Design Suite can help you make great products, reduce development costs, and get to market faster.

Desktop Subscription gives you access to the latest updates and releases, 1-on-1 web support, priority support in the forums, flexible licensing, and more.

  • Fusion 360 for deisgn engineering and product development

    Design, Test & Fabricate In A Single Tool
    -Premium, Ultimate with subscription-

    Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool for product development that combines industrial and mechanical design, collaboration, and machining in a single package. The tools in Fusion 360 enable fast and easy exploration of design ideas with an integrated concept-to-production tool set.

     

    Video: Cable and harness design features for 3D engineering

    Integrated Electrical & Mechanical Design
    -Ultimate-

    Integrate electrical designs with cable and harness control systems using Inventor for routed systems, combined with AutoCAD Electrical software. Incorporating cable and harness runs into your 3D digital prototype enables you to calculate accurate path lengths, avoid small-radius bends, and ensure that electrical components fit into the mechanical assembly before manufacturing

     

    Video: Sheet metal design

    Sheet Metal Design
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    Simplify the design of complex mechanical sheet metal parts. Inventor 3D CAD software combines manufacturing information—such as punch tool parameters and custom bend tables—with an accurate 3D model of sheet metal folding. Manufacturing engineers can also use the flat-pattern editing environment to tweak flat patterns to help minimize manufacturing costs.

     

    Video: Free-form modeling and shape creation

    Free-form Modeling Shape Creation
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    Create organic shapes and incorporate free-form and parametric workflows into a single model. These tools provide an alternate modeling approach to explore and create free-form models using direct manipulation. Start with a free-form shape that best represents the desired geometry (box, sphere, cylinder, torus, or quad ball). Then, adjust the shape using the free-form edit tools.

     

    Video: Customize Inventor Home dashboard for engineering drafting

    Customizable Inventor Home Dashboard
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    Customize the new Inventor Home to easily access common tasks. Inventor Home functions like a personal dashboard and offers basic or full template display. An expanded list of recently used files includes rich information in the tool tip, and you can pin a working file to locate it more easily. Use tabs to switch to specific file areas, and quickly access Team Web, Help, and Tutorials.

     

    Video: 3D product design engineering

    3D Mechanical Design
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    Define your product's physical characteristics with an integrated set of design engineering tools. This tool set supports sheet metal, plastic parts, cable and harness, structural steel framework, fabricated weldments, and electromechanical design.

     

    Video: Create, control, and define digital prototypes with 3D assembly design

    3D Assembly Design
    -Premium, Ultimate

    Inventor 3D CAD software provides the tools to create, control, define digital prototypes, and manage data for large complex assembly designs. Work on only the components required to complete a particular part of the design. Validate interference and mass properties for quality products the first time. Inventor combines design accelerators with assembly tools, so you can be sure that every part and component in an assembly design fits correctly.

     

    Video: Plastic part design

    Plastic part design
    -Premium, ultimate-

    Get maximum flexibility by combining native Inventor geometry with exterior surface models designed with Alias industrial design software. The relationship between Alias and Inventor can reduce time to market. Engineers can start detailed designs earlier, and mechanical engineers can more easily incorporate changes from the industrial design team.

     

    Video: Automated tools for rules-based mechanical engineering

    Rules-based Design/Automation
    -Premium, ultimate-

    Fully integrated Inventor iLogic technology can dramatically simplify rules-based design, so that any Inventor user—with little or no programming experience—can capture and embed product engineering and knowledge directly into virtual models. The iCopy feature automates the process of copying components, so you can easily customize commonly used assemblies.

     

    Video: Standards-based routing tools in Product Design Suite

    Tube & Pipe Runs
    -Ultimate-

    Use Inventor Professional 3D CAD software to streamline the design of complex routed elements. Rules-based routing tools select the correct fittings and help ensure that pipe runs comply with your standards for segment length, round-off increments, and bend radius.

     

    Video: Streamline design of routed elements

    Mold, Tool & Die
    -Ultimate-

    Inventor Professional software automates key aspects of injection mold design for plastic parts. Quickly create and validate complete mold designs, reducing errors and improving mold performance. With its intuitive mold design workflow, the software guides you through the mold design process in a way that is natural for the experienced user and supportive for the novice.

     

    Video: Modify constrained geometries

    Sketch Constraint Control
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    Get your sketches in shape more quickly and easily with constraint tools and settings. With Relax Mode, you can modify already constrained geometries. Gain greater control over constraints with improved display, inference, and delete options. A single Constraint Settings command includes settings related to Sketch constraints.

  • Video: DWG file support in Product Design Suite

    Native Support For DWG File
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    With direct read and write for true Real DWG® file format, you can share critical design data with partners and customers. Product Design Suite includes Inventor, which enables engineers to integrate AutoCAD software drawings and 3D CAD data into a single digital model to create a virtual representation of the final product.

     

    Video: Engineering drafting for productivity

    Engineering Drafting & Documentation Tools
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    Maximize productivity with automation, management, and editing tools designed for drafting, minimizing repetitive tasks.

     

     

    Engineering drafting tools for BIM

    Building Information Modeling Interoperability
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    The Inventor software included in the suite offers enhanced tools for engineers and fabricators who work with architects, builders, and contractors. Easy-to-use tools simplify geometry and reduce model complexity. Feature recognition capabilities can represent your Inventor designs with native elements recognized by Revit building design software.

     

    Video: Inventor translation within Product Design Suite

    AnyCAD
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    Product Design Suite offers enhanced CAD translation tools, including native translators that read and write files from other CAD applications. Inventor software in the suite also includes translators for standard formats, such as IGES and STEP. These translators enable you to accept and supply data in customers' preferred formats.

     

    Video: Manage design data with engineering documentation

    In-product Data Management
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    Manage your design data and avoid duplication of effort with integrated data management tools. Save time and money with a streamlined change management system, accurate bills of materials (BOMs), and the ability to share digital models with your team, customers, and suppliers.

  • Video: Design simulation for finite element analysis

    Assembly-level Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
    -Ultimate-

    Reduce cost and improve product performance with stress analysis tools that can help predict how product designs will perform under real-world conditions. Increase the accuracy and reliability of your design stress analysis with Inventor Professional 3D CAD software. Use integrated FEA to predict stress and deflection with accurate peak loads by transferring reaction forces from simulation time steps to stress analysis.

     

    Video: Use design simulation to avoid physical prototypes

    Dynamic Simulation
    -Ultimate-

    Use integrated motion simulation and stress analysis tools—not intuition—to enhance your design decisions and help predict performance. The motion simulation feature uses the assembly constraints in your 3D model to identify relevant rigid bodies, generate correct motion joints, and compute dynamic behavior. This functionality can help you to understand how the design behaves, including the position, velocity, and acceleration of moving parts.

  • Use Alias with Product Design Suite to visualize conceptual designs

    Flexible Product Modeling
    -Ultimate-

    Experiment with ideas and pursue innovative solutions to design challenges with flexible modeling tools. Quickly explore and visualize forms using a range of 3D modeling techniques. Edit and sculpt 3D models as you work with fast, repeatable, curve-based tools. Choose the best modeling technique for the task at hand. Generate multiple conceptual design iterations quickly, and make subtle corrections or radical changes easily with flexible design tools.

     

    Conceptual design with AutoCAD and Product Design Suite

    Explore Design Concepts In AutoCAD
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    Use AutoCAD design and documentation software to create 2D conceptual sketches. Maximize reuse of 2D AutoCAD data and rapidly create detailed part and assembly 3D models in Inventor 3D CAD software.

     

    3D design visualization for products

    Cinematic-quality Rendering & 3D Animation
    -Ultimate-

    Use sophisticated 3D product visualization tools in 3ds Max 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing software to demonstrate design intent.

     

     

    Video: Persuade customers with design visualizations

    Real-time Design Visualization
    -Premium, Ultimate-

    Design visualization, illustration, and animation tools in Inventor enable you to create realistic representations of your designs. Clear visuals make it easier for stakeholders and customers without expert experience to understand engineering drawings and designs. Quickly create photo realistic CAD renderings and animations that can convey ideas to managers, explain designs to manufacturers, and persuade customers that you have the best solution for their needs.

Included Software

Product Design Collection

Inventor 3D CAD software

Inventor Professional - Design, visualize, and simulate products with 3D mechanical design, product simulation, and tooling software.

Fusion 360

Fusion 360 - A new approach to industrial and mechanical 3D design.

Fusion 360 Ultimate

Factory Design Utilities - Conceptualize, plan, and validate manufacturing facilities.

AutoCAD design and development software

AutoCAD - Speed documentation, share ideas, and explore 3D concepts with powerful design and documentation tools.

AutoCAD Mechanical design and drafting software

AutoCAD Mechanical - Get AutoCAD, plus standards-based parts and tools for automating mechanical CAD tasks.

AutoCAD 360 PRO - Upload, open, and edit DWG files on the go from a web or mobile app.

ReCap 360 PRO - Reality capture and 3D scanning software and services.

AutoCAD Vault data management software

Vault Basic - Manage, track, and organize your CAD data directly from your design application.

3ds Max Design software for photorealistic visualization

3ds Max - Create cinematic-quality visuals and movies from your CAD models to help market and sell your designs.

AutoCAD design and development software

AutoCAD Architecture - AutoCAD functionality, plus tools just for architects.

AutoCAD Electrical design software

AutoCAD Electrical - Use standards-based symbols and tools with AutoCAD to automate common electrical engineering CAD tasks.

Navisworks Manage software for product simulation and validation testing

Navisworks Manage - Integrate data from multiple sources to facilitate project review, visualization, and collaboration.

Rendering in 360 - Fast, high-resolution renderings in the cloud.

Cloud Storage - Upload and access large files of any type—anytime, anywhere.

Product Design Collection

One Essential Package of Engineering Tools For Product & Factory Design

Create products using the latest design and engineering tools, including Inventor and AutoCAD. The Product Design Collection offers connected, professional-grade tools that help you make great products today and compete in the changing manufacturing landscape of the future.


  • Design, test, and manufacture products by using a rich collection of connected 2D, 3D, and cloud-based engineering and design tools.
  • Associatively connect 2D schematic data to their 3D model counterparts: An electro-mechanical workflow speeds the design process and helps reduce the likelihood of design errors.
  • Convert factory layouts that were designed and optimized in AutoCAD into rich 3D models. Combine them with point cloud data to create a complete digital factory for review.

Inventor / Inventor LT

3D CAD Software For Mechanical Design

Inventor 3D CAD software offers professional-grade tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation. Develop, manage, and deliver great products with Digital Prototyping capabilities.

When you buy a perpetual license with Maintenance Subscription, you get the latest releases, flexible licensing, web support, and e-learning. No upgrades available without Maintenance Subscription.


Overview video
Learn how Inventor connects process, people, and data throughout your organization - Watch video (2:16 min.)

AutoCAD Mechanical

Mechanical Design Software For Manufacturing

Built for manufacturing, AutoCAD Mechanical design software includes all the functionality of AutoCAD, plus libraries of standards-based parts and tools to help accelerate mechanical CAD.

Desktop Subscription gives you access to the latest updates and releases, 1-on-1 web support, priority support in the forums, flexible licensing, and more.

autocad-mechanical-video
Overview video
Learn how AutoCAD Mechanical command preview & contextual menus - Watch video (2:16 min.)

AutoCAD Electrical

CAD software for electrical design

AutoCAD Electrical software, part of the Digital Prototyping solution, features all the functionality of familiar AutoCAD software plus a complete set of electrical design CAD features.
 
Desktop Subscription gives you access to the latest updates and releases, 1-on-1 web support, priority support in the forums, flexible licensing, and more.


Overview video
 This video provides an overview of electrical schematic and controls design in AutoCAD Electrical.  - Watch video (2:16 min.)