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Features

What's new in Inventor 2018

New features in Inventor® 2018 improve design workflows with increased performance, expanded interoperability, and new professional-grade design tools.

  • Model-based definition

    Use 3D annotations to add tolerance dimensions, notes, and other engineering details to the 3D model. (video: 2:13 min.)

  • Top Inventor Ideas

    With your help from Inventor Ideas, the Inventor experience is updated and improved every release. (video: 2:01 min.)

  • Improved performance

    Improvements include faster graphics interaction and faster open time for large files, speeding up the design process.
    (video: 1:21 min.)

  • Enhanced file support with AnyCAD

    AnyCAD adds new and enhanced file support. It also allows forward compatibility for Inventor 2017 to 2018. (video: 2:20 min.)

More features

Product design and modeling

  • Shape Generator

    Create and evaluate high-performing design options in minutes.
    (video: 1:59 min.)

  • Parametric modeling

    Create parameters as you sketch and dynamically size 3D objects. Focus on your design, not the interface. (video: 3:17 min.)

  • Assembly modeling

    Put your model together in fewer steps. (video: 2:43 min.)

  • Drawing creation

    Quickly create clear, accurate, detailed drawings. (video: 2:53 min.)

Collaboration and design automation

  • 3D PDF export

    Create 3D documentation rich in visual and product information that anyone can view. (video: 2:08 min.)

  • Work with non-native data

    Maintain an associative link to non-native CAD data. (video: 2:46 min.)

  • Automated frame design

    Quickly design and test structural frames. (video: 2:11 min.)

  • Electromechanical design

    Link your Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical data. (video: 2:31 min.)

Modeling

  • 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.

Automation

  • 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.

Interoperability

  • 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.

    Learn more (US site)

  • Data management

    Robust search function makes it easy to find files and quickly copy design files. Connects to Vault (included in Product Design Collection).

    Learn more (US site)

Simulation and visualization

  • 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.

  • Visualization and rendering

    Show how your product will look with visualization and rendering tools.