Inventor – Experience your design before it is built.
Autodesk Inventor 2012 software takes manufacturers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping by giving engineers a comprehensive and flexible set of tools for 3D mechanical design, simulation, tooling, visualisation and documentation. With Inventor software, engineers can integrate 2D AutoCAD® drawings and 3D data into a single digital model, creating a virtual representation of the final product that enables them to validate the form, fit, and function of the product before it is ever built. Digital Prototyping with Inventor software enables you to design, visualise, and simulate products digitally, helping you to build better products, reduce development costs, and get to market faster.
Change it once, change it everywhere. Inventor software associates drawing views to the original components, so a change made to any part or assembly is automatically reflected in all associated drawing sheets. In addition, the digital prototypes you create in Inventor software can be used to generate compelling 3D product documentation – from assembly instructions to operating procedures – quickly, using Autodesk Inventor Publisher software.
Inventor Publisher can help you increase competitive advantage by reducing documentation and service costs, accelerating time to market and delivering a superior customer experience.
Improve productivity by automating repetitive design workflows for frequently used custom features and parts. Using the iPart technology in Inventor, companies can easily set up libraries of intelligent parts to make sure that frequently used parts are created the same way every time.
Create a wide range of complex geometries by easily combining solids and surfaces. Inventor gives users precise control of shape characteristics, such as tangency and continuity. Advanced modeling tools include Loft to a Point, N-Sided Patch, Sweep Normal to Surface, Area Loft, Centerline Loft, G2 Continuous Fillets, Full Round Fillets, and Face-to- Face Fillets.
Sheet Metal Part Design
Quickly design sheet metal parts in 3d that accommodate specific manufacturing processes and shop capabilities. Edge chaining allows creation of multiple flanges in a single stop, while rich unfold options and automatic mitering reduce the time required to define the folded part model.
Inventor improves productivity during the design of sheet metal parts by providing a digital prototype that combines manufacturing information (such as punch tool parameters and custom bend tables) with an accurate 3d model of sheet metal folding and a flat pattern editing environment where manufacturing engineers can tweak flat patterns to optimize manufacturing costs.
Quickly assemble individual parts and subassemblies to define the complete product structure and verify that the product can be assembled. Insert and position new components in the assembly using constraints to capture the positional relationships that define fixed and moving components.
Accurately validate interference and mass properties to produce high-quality products the first time around. Inventor provides the tools to control and manage the data created by large assembly designs so users can work on just the components required to complete a particular part of the design.
Design & Manufacturing Documentation
Inventor takes the production of manufacturing documentation to the next level of productivity through automatic generation of drawing views and tools for finishing drawings. And, with support for all major drawing standards, full associativity with the 3d model (so drawings update when the design changes), and output in the DWG format, Inventor is the best choice for creating and sharing DWG drawings.
Data Management and Communication
This capability allows design workgroups to manage and track all he design components of a digital prototype, helping designers reuse crucial design data, manage BOMS, and promote earlier collaboration with manufacturing teams and clients. Through a comprehensive suite of native translators, Inventor provides the interoperability that enables companies to take on projects in which part of the 3d data originates from other CAD systems and satisfy customer requests for 3d models in other native formats.
With Inventor, reuse valuable data with rapid access to existing 2d information. And,because users can save drawings as DWG files, they can easily share insights gained from the digital prototype with partners and suppliers who rely on AutoCAD software. Views generated from 3d part and assembly designs, such as schematics and plant layouts, can also be combined with AutoCAD data. Users can then update 2d drawings by inserting a view of new 3d designs—reducing the cost of upgrading existing equipment.