Inventor: Cad Software to technical and mechanical designs

Inventor is computer-aided design (CAD) software developed by Autodesk. It uses the concept of parametric design, used primarily to create technical drawings for mechanical purposes.It is found in many fields such as automotive, architecture, construction, etc.

Created in 1982 by John Walker and 12 partners, Autodesk was the first CAD company to go public. It publishes a variety of software suites including AutoCAD, 3ds Max, and Alias.

For more information, please refer to our page about preparing files for 3D printing.

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Inventor software features

With Inventor software you can:

  • Design advanced 3D mechanical objects
  • Create and model in freeform
  • Analyse with the finite element method
  • Simulate different movements on your 3D creations
  • Manage your data
  • Design moulds for your prototypes

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Inventor software supports the following 3D file formats:

IPT (Inventor), PRT (NX), SLDPRT (SolidWorks), PRT (Pro/ENGINEER), X_T or X_B (Parasolid), G (Granite), STEP, IGES, SAT, DWF, JT, STL, IDW (Inventor Drawing), DWG drawings, DXF Drawings.

Inventor software is not free but you can download a trial version, which can be found on its official website.

Inventor Fusion is Autodesk's free design technology. It is provided as a supplement to the parametric CAD solution. Inventor Fusion's easy and efficientdirect design is important in drafts. The parametric solution is key for project optimisation and creating parts families.

Our tools to use Inventor software

In our collection of tutorials about modelling with CAD software, you will find our tutorial about Inventor software containing all the steps required to help you create your 3D model, and how to use Inventor. Once you have created your file, don't forget to export it in STL to be able to print it more easily! If you have difficulty performing this export, our transfer a 3D file section explains how to do so with Inventor software.

If you need help printing a file you designed with Inventor, refer to our eBook, "Fix your Files" and our "Repair Your 3D File" guide. These resources will help you improve your 3D files to make them printable!

Is your 3D file ready? Then upload it and bring your object to life!








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