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

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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)
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  • Video: Use digital prototypes to generate documentation

    Manufacturing and design documentation
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    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
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    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
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    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