Inventor Professional Overview

Autodesk Inventor software provides engineers professional grade design and engineering solutions for 3D mechanical design, simulation, tooling, visualization, and documentation. With Inventor software, engineers can integrate 2D Autodesk AutoCAD drawings and 3D data into a single digital model, creating a virtual representation of the final product that enables them to validate the form, fit, and function of the product before it is ever built. Autodesk Inventor enables you to design, visualize, and simulate products digitally, helping you to reduce development costs, get to market faster, and make great products.

Inventor Professional Features

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

New features in Inventor Professional help you to:

  • Drive the automatic creation of intelligent components such as plastic parts, steel frames, and rotating machinery. New direct, parametric, and freeform modeling tools help you focus on a design’s function in a more intuitive 3D mechanical CAD environment.
  • Create a virtual representation of your final product more quickly with new DWG file format compatibility, which enables AutoCAD® integration through direct read and write capabilities for authentic DWG files.
  • Convey design ideas in more compelling and accurate ways with new communication tools that help document and visualize designs through powerful images and videos.
  • Help save time and money by creating better optimized and validated digital prototypes. New tightly integrated motion simulation and stress analysis capabilities help predict how a design will work under real-world conditions, before the product is ever built.
  • Boost efficiency with new tools that automate the design of routed systems such as complex tube and pipe runs, and electrical cable and harness design.
  • Simplify the process of designing high-quality molded part and injection molds with new functionalities and workflows created specifically for plastic parts designers and manufacturers.

System Requirements

Please make sure that you are installing the appropriate version of Autodesk Inventor software for your operating system. Inventor 2017 is only supported on 64-bit operating systems and cannot be installed on a 32-bit system.

System Requirements for Autodesk Inventor 2017

Operating System ¹

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (desktop OS)
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

CPU Type ²

  • Recommended: Intel® Xeon® E3 or Core i7 or equivalent, 3.0 GHz or greater
  • Minimum: 64-bit Intel or AMD, 2 GHz or faster

Memory ³

  • Recommended: 20 GB RAM or more
  • Minimum: 8 GB RAM for less than 500 part assemblies

Disk Space

  • Installer plus full installation: 40 GB
  • Graphics Recommended: Microsoft Direct3D 11® or capable graphics card or higher
  • Minimum: Microsoft Direct3D 10® capable graphics card or higher

Display Resolution

  • 1280 x 1024 or higher.
  • Recommended scaling: 100%, 125%, 150% or 200%.


  • DVD-ROM ⁴
  • Internet connection for Autodesk® 360 functionality, web downloads, and Subscription Aware access
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 15 ⁵
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer® 11 or equivalent
  • Full local install of Microsoft® Excel 2010, 2013 or 2016 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, thread related commands, clearance/threaded hole creation, Global BOM, Parts Lists, Revision Tables, spreadsheet-driven designs and Studio animation of Positional Representations. Excel Starter®, Online Office 365® and OpenOffice® are not supported.
  • 64-bit Microsoft Office is required to export Access 2007, dBase IV, Text and CSV formats.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 or later
  • Virtualization supported on Citrix® XenApp™ 7.7 and 7.8; Citrix XenDesktop™ 7.7 and 7.8 (requires Inventor Network Licensing).

For Complex Models, Complex Mold Assemblies, and Large Assemblies (typically more than 1,000 parts)

CPU Type Recommended:

  • Intel Xeon E3 or Core i7 or equivalent, 3.30 GHz or greater ²

Memory Recommended:

  • 24 GB RAM or greater ³

Graphics Recommended:

  • Microsoft Direct3D 11 or capable graphics card or higher



  1. Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Vault must both be the same language on a given computer. English versions of these applications will run on any language operating system. Other language versions of these applications will run on operating systems of that same language.
  2. Autodesk Inventor 2017 is optimized to take advantage of the SSE2 extended instruction sets supported on Pentium 4, AMD Athlon 64, and AMD Opteron processors. Inventor 2017 will not install on computers that do not support SSE2. Several utilities are available on the Internet that report CPUID including supported instructions sets.
  3. Autodesk recommends settings which allow Microsoft Windows to manage virtual memory as needed. There should always be at least twice as much free hard disk space as system memory (RAM).
  4. DVD-ROM drive is not required if installing from USB or software download.
  5. The multimedia learning components of the Inventor Help system, such as the UI Video Tour, Command Reference, and Show Me animations, require Adobe Flash Player 10. If it is not already installed, you can download it from the Adobe website.

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
  • Multi User: For medium to large organizations requiring many users
  • Students & educators: Prepare the next generation of architects, engineers and digital artists


Additional Information
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Inventor Training

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whats included

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.