Inventor Overview

Autodesk® Inventor® software provides engineers and designers professional-grade design and engineering solutions for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualisation, and documentation:

  • Powerful blend of parametric, direct, freeform, and rules-based design and documentation capabilities
  • Integrated tools for sheet metal, frame design, tube and pipe, cable & harness, presentations, rendering, simulation, machine design, and more
  • Trusted DWGTM compatibility and powerful Model-Based Definition capabilities for embedding manufacturing information directly in the 3D model
  • Custom fabrication & building content creation with direct import and publishing of native Autodesk® Revit® file formats
  • Intuitive, cohesive, modern user experience with in-product learning path and guided tutorials

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 Features

Use Inventor® 3D CAD modelling software for product and mechanical design. Learn about the Inventor modelling, design, simulation, and rendering features

Product Design

  • Shape Generator: Create and evaluate high-performing design options in minutes. (See video: 2:17 min.)
  • Parametric modelling: Focus on design as you create and edit your 3D models with an intuitive user interface. (See video: 2:33 min.)
  • Assembly modelling: See how your design will go together and perform at the assembly level. (See video: 2:43 min.)
  • Drawing creation: Quickly create clear, accurate, detailed drawings for manufacturing. (See video: 3:07 min.)

Collaboration and Design Automation

  • Shared view collaboration: Collaborate on your models or designs online. Anyone can review and comment on shared views in the Autodesk viewer. (See video: 2:23 min.)
  • Work with non-native data: Maintain an associative link to non-native CAD data. (See video: 1:57 min.)
  • Automated frame design: Quickly design and test structural frames. (See video: 2:23 min.)
  • Design automation: Enable rapid assembly reconfigurations powered by iLogic. (See video: 2:00 min.)


  • Sheet metal: Design and prepare complex sheet metal products for manufacturing. (See video: 1:42 min.)
  • Model-based definition: Include manufacturing information in your 3D model for downstream applications. (See video: 2:10 min.)
  • Content center: Choose your standard components from a comprehensive customisable library. (See video: 2:15 min.)
  • BIM interoperability: Convert configurable 3D CAD models into BIM objects. (See video: 2:27 min.)
  • Flexible modelling: Use the right modelling tool for every job with parametric, freeform, and direct modelling tools.
  • Direct modelling: Use easy push/pull controls to move, rotate, resize, or scale features from imported geometries.
  • Freeform modelling: 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 analyse plastic parts with purpose-built tools in Inventor.
  • Component generators and calculators: Use built-in calculators to inform the design of common joints such as welds, clamps, and press fits.
  • Tube and pipe design: Use a combination of automated tools and full-control design functions in Inventor to build tube and pipe runs.

Connected Data

  • Printed circuit board interoperability: Integrate your electronics and mechanical designs into a single, complete definition of your product.
  • 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 an 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® 2021 Windows
Operating System 64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10. See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information.
CPU Recommended:
3.0 GHz or greater, 4 or more cores
Memory Recommended:
20 GB RAM or more
Disk Space Installer plus full installation: 40 GB
Graphics Recommended:
4 GB GPU with 106 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliantSee the Certified Hardware
Display Resolution Recommended:
3840 x 2160 (4K); Preferred scaling: 100%, 125%, 150% or 200%
Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant
Productivity: 3DConnexion SpaceMouse®, driver version 10.5.12 or later.
Network Internet connection for web install with Autodesk® Desktop App, Autodesk® collaboration functionality, web downloads, and licensing.

Network license manager supports Windows Server® 2019, 2016, 2012, 2012 R2, 2008 R2 and the operating systems listed above.

Spreadsheet Full local install of Microsoft® Excel 2016 or later for workflows that create and edit spreadsheets. Inventor workflows that read or export spreadsheet data do not require Microsoft® Excel.

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

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

Browser Google Chrome™ or equivalent
.NET Framework .NET Framework Version 4.8 or later. Windows Updates enabled for installation.


For Complex Models, Complex Mold Assemblies, and Large Assemblies (typically more than 1,000 parts)
CPU Type Recommended:
3.30 GHz or greater, 4 or more cores
Memory Recommended:
24 GB RAM or greater
Graphics Recommended:
4 GB GPU with 106 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliantSee the Certified Hardware

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


See What’s New in Inventor

The latest release of Autodesk® Inventor® is packed with user-requested updates and enhancements to help speed up your design workflows, reduce repetitive tasks, and work the way you want.

AnyCAD for Revit

Maintain associative links between Autodesk® Revit® and Inventor® data with AnyCAD for seamless interoperability.

iLogic Drawing Automation

Speed up drawing creation with updates to sheet formats and iLogic drawing automation.

Frame Generator Enhancements

Create and document structural members faster with enhancements to Frame Generator.

Inventor Experience

Declutter your workspace with additional command options in the property panel—plus a new alternate dark theme option for a low-light environment.

Performance Improvements

Spend more time designing with performance improvements inside the part, assembly, frame design, and tube and pipe modeling environments.

Customer-driven improvements (Assemblies)

You asked, we listened: find improvements with assemblies for tube and pipe, assembly structure, and file naming.

Customer-driven improvements (Parts)

Save time with part level enhancements for sheet metal, multi-body parts, and 3D annotations.

Customer-driven improvements (Drawings)

Streamline your workflows with drawing-level enhancements with automated documentation tools.

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