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What Is Inventor?

Autodesk® Inventor® software provides engineers with powerful mechanical design solutions for their most ambitious ideas. Work with a complete set of tools for 3D modeling, simulation, and documentation.

Who Uses Inventor?

Engineers, who design everything from consumer products, to heavy machinery, to factories.

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Reviews of Inventor

Average score

Overall
4.5
Ease of Use
4.2
Customer Service
4.2
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.1

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

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5
59%
4
36%
3
4%
2
1%
Alejandro
Alejandro
Engineer in Ecuador
Verified LinkedIn User
Oil & Energy, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Why I use Inventor in my daily work

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: I started using inventor 15 years ago at university and although the software has grown a lot, its use is still just as easy, of course with certain improvements and additions that must be learned with each new version. Although inventor generates high-quality blueprints, many times the drawing standards of each country or region are not met, so I usually edit the drawings in AutoCAD before presenting them

Pros:

It is very easy to learn, it is a very intuitive software and you can start designing pieces from the first time you use it. Being Autodesk software, it is compatible with other important software such as AutoCAD or Fusion 360. It has a large number of libraries, so it is not necessary to draw standardized parts

Cons:

This is very powerful software, so it requires a high-end computer, so the initial investment is somewhat expensive and the more elements an assembly has, the more RAM memory it will need, which can easily reach 64 or 128 GB.

Mario
3D Designer in US
Design, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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Inventor is Decent

4.0 4 years ago

Comments: I feel 80% is enjoyable. I can build structures or components. It’s getting better every time, the other 20% is just basic frustration not being able to mirror components in assemblies and keep them linked, and not being able to copy mates on assemblies is just a big time waster.

Pros:

I love the rendering and Frame generator! Frame Generator is freaking Awsome! Literally allows you to build a complex frame out of a sketch or a simple extrusion. The frame members can be trimmed and you can create your own profiles! Also ipart creation make things easy.

Cons:

This is a real great software, but I must be honest at 2 Major weak points that are deal breakers for me and maybe others. There is no “copy with mates” like others softwares have. So if you insert 100 Identical components, it’s gonna take you forever to constrain them in your assembly. Also there is no assembly mirror that associative! You have to use pattern, if you can! These are basic standards in even older softwares! How can Inventor not have these Basic staples! Weak points for sure.

MICHAEL
Design Engineer in US
Design, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
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Inventor Review

3.0 2 weeks ago New

Comments: pretty good but like solidworks and nx better

Pros:

Nice environment with good feature definition

Cons:

bad preview of operations in 3d space, some previews that didnt allow execution

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Higher Education Software, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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Autodesk Inventor in-depth review

5.0 last year

Comments: Autodesk Inventor is a great 3D parametric modelling CAD software for Mechanical engineers. It is possible to use parametric, freeform, direct and conditions / rules-based design.

Pros:

3D Tools & simulation capabilities to design and optimize the performance. Simple and easy to use.They provide free trial.Collaboration within the team members is possible to a totally different level.

Cons:

Requires computers with high end configurations and graphics card.CAM and CAE features are not available.

Carlos
Structural Engineering in Mexico
Civil Engineering, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Basically the best software to design mechanical parts.

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: In general I always use this software to design any part, running the stress simulation.

Pros:

You can start form 0 and perform a very specialized analysis for any part. Very organized to go from a point, line, sketch, solid and assembly.

Cons:

How the constraints can be easily affected and the whole model ruined. Very complex to repair this.