Inventor Professional Overview

Autodesk Inventor software provides professional-grade engineering solutions for 3D mechanical design, simulation, tool creation, and design communication that help you to make great products, cost-effectively, in less time. Inventor is the foundation of the Autodesk solution for product development. The Inventor model is an accurate 3D digital model that enables you to validate the form, fit, and function of a design as you work, minimizing the need to test the design with physical prototypes.

New features in Inventor 2020

Autodesk Inventor 2020 – Significant enhancements to assemblies, parts, drawings, AnyCAD workflows, and more.

Design enhancements
New functionality for your core design commands in sketching and part modeling.

Inventor experience
Work in a fresh user interface along with new property panels to streamline workflows, reduce clicks, and save time.

Performance improvements
Continue to tackle larger and more complex designs with performance improvements in assemblies, parts, drawings, and AnyCAD.

Frame generator enhancements
Frame design is more productive than ever with new features, editing tools, and default naming conventions.


Translation and interoperability
Find out the additional supported file types for AnyCAD and watch how generative design helps explore design alternatives.

Customer-driven improvements
See how your ideas and suggestions have contributed to this release.



Inventor Professional Features

Take products from concept to creation with professional-grade engineering solutions now available in an open, connected product development ecosystem.

Product design and modeling

  • Shape Generator: Create and evaluate high-performing design options in minutes.
  • Parametric modeling: Create parameters as you sketch and dynamically size 3D objects. Focus on your design, not the interface.
  • Assembly modeling: Put your model together in fewer steps.
  • Drawing creation: Quickly create clear, accurate, detailed drawings.

Collaboration and design automation

  • 3D PDF export: Create 3D documentation rich in visual and product information that anyone can view.
  • Work with non-native data: Maintain an associative link to non-native CAD data.
  • Automated frame design: Quickly design and test structural frames.
  • Electromechanical design: Link your Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical data.


  • Flexible modeling: Use the right modeling tool for every job with parametric, freeform, and direct modeling tools.
  • Direct modeling: Use easy push/pull controls to move, rotate, resize, or scale features from imported geometries.
  • Freeform modeling: Freely sculpt the shape of your design by moving points, edges, and faces.
  • Mechanical concept and layout design: Open DWG™ files directly inside Inventor as the basis for your 3D model.
  • Plastic parts design: Design and analyze plastic parts with purpose-built tools in Inventor.
  • Sheet metal design: Design complex sheet metal products that conform to your company’s standards.


  • Automated product configuration: Easily set up and deploy complex product configurations.
  • Part and assembly design automation: Create reusable, configurable parts, product features, or assemblies by defining variable parameters.
  • Component generators and calculators: Use built-in calculators to inform the design of common joints such as welds, clamps, and press fits.
  • Automated tube and pipe design: Use a combination of automated tools and full-control design functions in Inventor to build tube and pipe runs.


  • Cloud-based 3D design reviews: Share lightweight versions of your 3D designs in the cloud.
  • Printed circuit board interoperability: Integrate your electronics and mechanical designs into a single, complete definition of your product.
  • BIM interoperability: Access tools specifically created to help prepare your 3D models for use in BIM systems.
  • Data management: Robust search function makes it easy to find files and quickly copy design files. Connects to Vault (included in Product Design & Manufacturing Collection).

Simulation and visualisation

  • Exploded views and animations: Use exploded views and animations of complex assemblies in product documentation, manuals, and assembly instructions.
  • Dynamic simulation: Apply forces to evaluate the motion, speed, and acceleration of your design.
  • Stress analysis: Run quick checks on parts or perform in-depth analysis of the entire product at any stage.
  • Visualisation and rendering: Show how your product will look with visualisation and rendering tools
System Requirements for Autodesk Inventor 2019 Windows
Operating System
  • 64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607 or higher)
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 with Update KB4019990
CPU ¹ Recommended:
3.0 GHz or greater, 4 or more coresMinimum:
2.5 GHz or greater
Memory Recommended:
20 GB RAM or moreMinimum:
8 GB RAM for less than 500 part assemblies
Disk Space Installer plus full installation: 40 GB
Graphics Recommended:
4 GB GPU with 106 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliantMinimum:
1 GB GPU with 29 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliantSee the Certified Hardware
Display Resolution Recommended:
3840 x 2160 (4K); Preferred scaling: 100%, 125%, 150% or 200%Minimum:
1280 x 1024 (1080p)
Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant (3DConnexion 3D Mouse optional)
Network Internet connection for web install with Autodesk® Desktop App, Autodesk® collaboration functionality, .NET installation, web downloads, and licensing.

Network license manager supports Windows Server® 2016, 2012, 2012 R2, 2008 R2 and the operating systems listed above.

Spreadsheet Full local install of Microsoft® Excel 2010, 2013 or 2016 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, Global BOM, Parts Lists, Revision Tables, spreadsheet-driven designs and Studio animation of Positional Representations.

64-bit Microsoft Office is required to export Access 2007, dBase IV, Text and CSV formats.

Office 365 subscribers must ensure they have a local installation of Microsoft Excel 2016.

Windows Excel Starter®, OpenOffice®, and browser-based Office 365 applications are not supported.

Browser Google Chrome™ or equivalent
.NET Framework .NET Framework Version 4.7 or later. Windows Updates enabled for installation.
Virtualization Citrix® XenApp™ 7.6, Citrix® XenDesktop™ 7.6 (requires Inventor Network Licensing).

Autodesk Licensing Explained

Autodesk licenses are designed to make using our products easier, no matter what project you’re working on. Whether you’re in school, a small design team or a multi-national corporation; choosing the right license is an important step in getting the most out of our products. Take advantage of our free trial licenses, so you can see first-hand how our products can help you imagine, design and create a better world.Learn more about all Autodesk licensing options below or if you need help with a license you’ve already purchased, contact us at +64 9 302 4028.


Autodesk Licensing Options

  • Single User: For individuals or small to medium businesses requiring a specific number of users
  • Students & educators: Prepare the next generation of architects, engineers and digital artists


Additional Information
Autodesk subscription | Maintenance plan | Switching Autodesk subscription

Inventor Training

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Autodesk Certification


Why Inventor?

Modeling flexibility

Choose the way you design, with freeform, direct, and parametric modeling options.


Set up and deploy your product configurator without writing complex code.

Any CAD data

Work with files from any 3D CAD application while maintaining an associative link to the original source.

With the local New Zealand consultation, training, and support services, CADPRO Systems can help you get up and running quickly.

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It’s easy to get started. Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit your needs.

Get it in a Collection

The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection includes Inventor+ AutoCAD +advanced simulation +CAM +more.