Autodesk 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

Inventor Professional Features

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

Product design and modeling

  • Shape Generator: Create and evaluate high-performing design options in minutes.
  • Parametric modeling: Create parameters as you sketch and dynamically size 3D objects. Focus on your design, not the interface.
  • Assembly modeling: Put your model together in fewer steps.
  • Drawing creation: Quickly create clear, accurate, detailed drawings.

Collaboration and design automation

  • 3D PDF export: Create 3D documentation rich in visual and product information that anyone can view.
  • Work with non-native data: Maintain an associative link to non-native CAD data.
  • Automated frame design: Quickly design and test structural frames.
  • Electromechanical design: Link your Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical data.


  • Flexible modeling: Use the right modeling tool for every job with parametric, freeform, and direct modeling tools.
  • Direct modeling: Use easy push/pull controls to move, rotate, resize, or scale features from imported geometries.
  • Freeform modeling: 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 analyze plastic parts with purpose-built tools in Inventor.
  • Sheet metal design: Design complex sheet metal products that conform to your company’s standards.


  • Automated product configuration: Easily set up and deploy complex product configurations.
  • Part and assembly design automation: Create reusable, configurable parts, product features, or assemblies by defining variable parameters.
  • Component generators and calculators: Use built-in calculators to inform the design of common joints such as welds, clamps, and press fits.
  • Automated tube and pipe design: Use a combination of automated tools and full-control design functions in Inventor to build tube and pipe runs.


  • Cloud-based 3D design reviews: Share lightweight versions of your 3D designs in the cloud.
  • Printed circuit board interoperability: Integrate your electronics and mechanical designs into a single, complete definition of your product.
  • BIM interoperability: Access tools specifically created to help prepare your 3D models for use in BIM systems.
  • 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 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® 2022 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:
32 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 10.7.0 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® 2016, Windows Server 2019 and the Windows 10 desktop versions 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. See Inventor Excel Requirements for more information.

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:
64 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.

Learn more about all Autodesk licensing options below or if you need help with a license you’ve already purchased, contact us at +61 2 7229 7599.


Autodesk Licensing Options

  • Named 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 | Transition to Named User

Inventor Training

Click here for more training information.

Autodesk Certification


See What’s New in Inventor 2022

The latest release of Autodesk® Inventor® is packed with new features and updates, including a powerful new workflow called Model States for managing variations of your parts and assemblies. Maintain associative links between Autodesk® Revit® and Inventor. All this, plus an increase in performance for better productivity.

Model states – parts

Manage manufacturing operations, dimensional variations, and simplified representations all on one part file.

Model states – assemblies

Create multiple representations of an assembly in a single document to manage configurations and model simplification.

Revit interoperability

Collaborate on BIM projects with improved tools to simplify and save Revit project files in Inventor.

Drawing enhancements

Use the camera views, manufacturing information, and lighting style from your 3D model in your 2D drawing views.

Productivity and performance

See better performance when editing large assemblies and improved productivity in features you use often.

Installation and deployment

Get everyone on your team onto the latest release with a new installation and deployment experience.


What’s New in Inventor 2022

It’s that time of the year once again when Autodesk introduces their latest version of Inventor. All Inventor users should attend this webinar to learn how this latest release continues to deliver and improve on the professional-grade tools you depend on every day.

Presenter: Matthew Weake & Neil Markham

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Inventor Professional

It’s easy to get started. Purchase options include flexible subscription terms to fit your needs.

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The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection includes Inventor+ AutoCAD +advanced simulation +CAM +more.