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Autodesk® Inventor

Supplier: Autodesk Australia

Autodesk® Inventor® 2012 software takes manufacturers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping.


With Inventor software products, users can create a single digital model that can enable them to design, visualise, and simulate products digitally before they are ever built.

Digital Prototyping — The Autodesk® solution for Digital Prototyping brings together design data from all phases of the product development process to develop a single digital model, created in Autodesk® Inventor® software.

3D mechanical CAD — An intuitive 3D mechanical design environment can enable engineers to focus on a design’s function to drive the automatic creation of intelligent components such as plastic parts, steel frames, and rotating machinery.

DWG™ interoperability — Inventor software allows direct read and write capabilities for authentic DWG files, helping enable engineers to integrate AutoCAD® drawings and 3D data into a single digital model, creating a virtual representation of the final product.

Design documentation and visualisation — Inventor software provides design communication tools that help convey design ideas to stakeholders in a compelling way, more accurately document designs for manufacturing, or create powerful images and videos that help sell your ideas to customers.

Simulation — Easy-to-use and tightly integrated motion simulation and stress analysis make it possible to optimise and validate a digital prototype and help predict how the design will work under real-world conditions, before the product is ever built.

Complex routed systems — The Autodesk Inventor products include automated tools for designing routed systems, such as complex tube and pipe runs and electrical cable and harness design.

Plastic parts and tooling — Plastic-parts designers and manufacturers can use specialised functionality and workflows that simplify the design of high-quality molded part and injection molds.


Autodesk® Inventor® (stand-alone): 3D mechanical design, DWG interoperability, design/manufacturing documentation, visualisation.

Autodesk® Inventor® Professional (stand-alone): includes everything in Inventor, plus tools for simulation, complex routed systems, and tooling design.