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Inventor

4.5 / 5 38 reviews


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3D CAD software is used for product design, rendering, and simulation.


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Great for creating

Apr 19, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ability to create just about anything that you can imagine. This is great to supplement the other autodesk software if there is not a standard item in the catalog.

Cons: There is alot to learn with this software much like the others and it can be over whelming. Also the cost is a little steep if using the other programs they offer too.

I like inventor a lot because its a good software to use, and does everything that needs to do

Apr 16, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Have a student license, what is very handful for students that are learning and wanna follow the 3d design. Its easy to use, have a great support, you can do everything in the software and do not need any third party software

Cons: Sometimes you get lost in the axis, and needs a very very powerful computer to use the software. The inicialization could be faster too

Overall: Best 3d Software in the market

Beginner CAD Software

Apr 15, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: You can teach anyone Inventor in the matter of an hour. It is an amazing software that works very well for new engineering students especially.

Cons: Inventor makes CAD work very trivial, which may make it seem less powerful than other software that is available.

Amazing software for creating people.

Apr 10, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It takes only a few sessions to learn to use Inventor and, then, it is easy to design almost any object that you may want to build. The graphical interface is well designed and, with an average computer, it can render objects in 3D fairly quickly.

Cons: It is a subscription based software. You can't get a hard copy of this software any more (as is the case with most software nowadays).

High Quality CAD Design Software

Apr 05, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: This software is extremely versatile and is able to accommodate just about any kind of 3D modeling you want.

Cons: The software is expensive when not using a student or business license. It also is a bit tough to get used to the flow of the experience.

Tough learning curve, but worthwhile

Apr 04, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Pros: Great universal software for 3D modeling. Easy enough for students to learn but complex enough that you can model a wide variety of things. Good support on their help site as well.

Cons: The layout is tough to navigate at first, so it takes some good practice to become familiar with all of the features and where they are located.

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Fundamental for my carpentry business, it is the best 3D parametric design program

Mar 21, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It allows me to represent solids such as wood, I can do from simulations of opening and closing drawers, to schematizations of installation plans, which I can represent as 3d solids, this helps me visualize how the design of the furniture will be before build them.

Cons: When you start using the program you need to document a lot and see many tutorials, because you have many tools that you should know to get the most out of the software.

Overall: In the carpentry we design in 3d before proceeding to the making of furniture which saves us money and materials because we can correct any detail before making the furniture

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Excellent 3D design tool for professional results

Mar 21, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I have been using this tool for some years, but before knowing it, I already managed several Autodesk products, so when I acquired it, it became quite familiar because its templates are very similar, it is very easy to use, and the technical support is unbeatable.

Cons: In future updates should improve the modeling of textures that in my opinion is something poor, I think it is the only defect that has the program.

Overall: Thanks to Inventor I always get the best results, in conclusion it is a success more than Autodesk

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The evolution of 3d modeling

Mar 21, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: It has a great ability to adapt to the tastes of people as you can customize the interface as well as its tools having the ability to customize the packages. It also has a wide range of molding, animation and rendering tools

Cons: If the capabilities of the equipment being used are good, this program is too great because it is always quite heavy and occupies a lot of graphic memory.

Overall: It is a program of very good benefits when developing 3D animations, being one of the most known and used by the community of 3D designers. It should be noted that its environment is very nice and the latest update makes it easier with the reference messages.

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An exceptional tool for modeling three-dimensional parts and assemblies.

Mar 20, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It contains an immense variety of tools that allows to design with ease.
It has a rendering system that provides a final aesthetic appeal to the pieces.
It is more economical than other programs present in the market.
It has an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-use interface.

Cons: It is not one of the best-known programs in its field, so employers do not usually require as many jobs done with this software as they require with others.

Overall: This software was a good alternative to access the modeling of peices in three dimensions, due to its more economical license and the high level of tools and quality of its final products.

A powerfull product participating in the build lifecycle of almost any gadget from our everyday life

Mar 14, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Powerfull prodict providing tools for fast and precise design of complex components
Provides simulation possibilities which may predict some unexpected issues before prototype process which saves money and time for manufacturers.

Cons: Heavy product requiring powerful workstations
Expensive product and self learning is possible but not so easy

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Great for quick modeling, easy-to-learn

Mar 13, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I learned this software in one class at my school in just a month or so of low commitment. It has a nice amount of features that are easily accessible. There are many tutorial videos online detailing how to do certain things if you are ever stuck.

Cons: It is hard to contact customer support. The support is all over their online forums, and it is difficult to solve certain problems when you cannot chat live or talk over the phone. Also, the software will crash if your memory is low, so it is important to always save.

Autodesk Inventor is a great tool to work with modeling 3D parts.

Mar 13, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: I like the functionality of the program to model 3D parts for prototyping our projects. When completed, it allows us to export in a variety of formats.

Cons: Autodesk is not easy to learn, but once you have the basics, you're on your way to creating great CAD drawings.

Overall: 3D CAD drawings for projects.

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Once you learn to use it, it is a powerful tool.

Mar 10, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Although I do not use the program directly, I have directed tests on my work site to compare software with each other. One of them was to design a piece using solid Works and Inventor on the other hand, since they wanted to introduce this software in the office and I was not convinced.
Mandéa to make 3 different pieces, with 3 different pairs of people who used the 2 programs. The result was that those who used the Inventor always did it faster than those who used solid Works.
That, in addition to Inventor being associated with Autodesk, made me decide to replace the use of Solid Work by Inventor.

Cons: Especially when you start using the program, you have to spend a lot of time to familiarize yourself with the available tools (because they are many and very varied), in addition to needing a powerful machine, especially if you want to do simulations.

Overall: The biggest benefit that I brought to the company where I work, and what is related to my area of expertise was the general decrease in the time the products were obtained, especially if a person who already had some time using the program was hired.

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is the best program to create pieces or objects in 2D and 3D, nothing compares is the giant in this

Mar 06, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: It is simple to use and the results are professional, it has a wide variety of formats to import files and the compatibility with other formats is excellent. this program is a work of art

Cons: the processing of renderings should be improved, in this version they have not done much emphasis on improving this element of the program, also in long working hours the program usually loses stability

Overall: with this program I have designed pieces that I have printed in 3d

The first time I saw what this software could do, I was amazed.

Mar 06, 2018
5/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: You can make the design and assembly of any mechanism or machine, as well as its cutting, plans, calculate resistance of the structure and even make the animation and see how it will actually work.

Cons: Unfortunately, it is quite complicated to manage and requires a thorough study of its various functions in order to make the most of them.

Overall:
I can make my designs and create a virtual prototype, which allows me to find faults without needing to build, this saves a lot of time and money.

It was no easy to work with, I had to see YouTube videos, to understand better the tools.

Feb 28, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like very much the interactive videos that you can make, and specially the easy way to make the paper drawings of every piece.

Cons: Is not so easy to use, I had problems especially with the ball bearing of my skateboard, even though I had the Inventor book with this mechanical part, it didn't work like in real life does.

Great software, easy to use and very intuitive.

Feb 13, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy to use Interface and button layout. The commands are clearly spelt out and even give you a quick tutorial glimpse of what the command or button does when you hover your mouse arrow over it for a few seconds.

Cons: Like any software, crashes can occur. You have to be sure that you keep up-to-date on all patches and services packs for your Autodesk Products to ensure you have the best experience while using their software.

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I've been using 3d software since 2001

Jan 18, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: I use this software for creating custom-made equipment that is unique to each customer. The ability to store a single part with multiple configurations built into the part's file saves me considerable time. I also use the pipe routing part of the software and have had very little issues when using it.

Cons: Every time I have to migrate the Vault part of the software, I have to pay my distributor come set it up for me, because YOU ALWAYS have some type of issue when migrating the vault. This wouldn't be too bad if my distributor was close, but when they are over 200 miles away it becomes costly.
I also have a gripe with having to pay my distributor an additional cost to support the Autodesk software. Not sure if the other 3d software companies have the same support setup, but in my mind, if your paying this kind of money for software shouldn't you have access to the software developer itself?

Overall: Being able to re-use existing 3d parts in new projects without having to re-make the part every time.

Inventor 3d modeling software

Jan 18, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: i love the ability to turn off viability of items and inspect area of your product. the function wheel is a nice feature to quickly access your commands

Cons: i do wish it was a little more intuitive. like most software these days you have to know what you are doing and cant just pick this up.

Mid - Level 3D CAD Package

Jan 17, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is easy to pick up and start using, has a decent materials library to customize your drawings. Has similar display to other Autodesk Products

Cons: Inventor has limited material abilities, can do some mass property analysis, but it is rather difficult to figure out how.

Easy to use 3D modeling software

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Very similar to other 3D modeling software that I have used, so it was easy to learn. Mainly use it for modeling for 3D printing

Cons: I wish there was a feature to export my models to solidworks file. Maybe there is and I haven't found it yet...

Autodesk Inventor is extremely functional and well-suited for CAD modeling.

Jan 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: The software allows you to refine models with extreme precision that translates well into real-world 3D printing and design applications.

Cons: It is a bit clumsy on the design aspect, particularly when attempting to model visual textures and materials.

A great but expensive tool

Nov 27, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I use this to create elements for 3D models of marketing activations activations. This is a simple and user friendly 3D modeling tool. to add, once you learn this tool it the interface carries throughout other autodesk programs.

Cons: The price of it is a bit expensive. A single license can cost about 7,000. Regardless of cost, the Inventor doesn't have symmetry check. The symmetry would also the user to find whether the part is symmetric at all or the axis in which it is symmetric about. This would be helpful for users running FEA analysis and want to reduce the run down time.

Overall: It's easier to create the piping system in Inventor than it is to create it in Solidworks. The rules-based routing tools allow to select the correct fittings and helps ensure that they comply with the industry standards. I can also import it to other files easily if I need it.

Great experience using Inventor.

Nov 03, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I have used Autodesk Inventor for years in my workplace and it is a great design software that is user friendly and very detailed allowing to perfectly model any piece of equipment.

Overall very positive. The program is simple and powerful, with a few minor glitches

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, online support, and capability. Overall the program covers these very well. On top of that, it is one of a few standards among cad programs, and it's wide use makes it that much better.

Cons: I've had trouble drawing lines using functions, as the unit disagreements are a mess to deal with. Single variable is a monumental stuggle, and multivariable is impossible.

Overall: I've used it dozens of times for modeling projects for 3d printing and machined design alike.

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It was great! I used it in 2012 for college courses do free. It was the student version.

Oct 06, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like that when I'm drafting, I can pick the dimension line and apply it to the same dimension in a different view.

Cons: I don't like that it's not that great for working on sheet metal. I think you need to make it sheet metal friendly more.

Overall: It's great for drafting and learning another line of autodesk software!

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Very fun and powerful 3d design software

Oct 05, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Having the 3d elements makes for a much more fun architecture design experience than the standard AutoCAD would be. Easy to learn and understand, many different ways to accomplish something if you can think creatively. Lots of tools and options.

Cons: Crashes unexpectedly more often than any other program I've used, but that is semi understandable since it is so powerful and large. Gets buggy/laggy if the file size is too large, and large file sizes are easy to reach if you aren't careful/strategic

Inventor is the most intuitive CAD software that I have ever used. Almost everything is visual

Sep 07, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I have used mostly inventor and and Solidworks. Inventor is a lot more closely linked to the visual environment. The "snap-to's" are stronger (eg they suck in your cursor more easily) and I really like that. Also I found that it was a lot easier to design parts into assemblies.
ABOVE ALL I like the Grip-Snap feature for moving parts in the assembly. I also love how you can animate the assemblies. I haven't seen other CAD Programs that can do that.
The material renderings also look a lot better in Inventor.

Cons: It is really hard to import things into inventor (eg. STL files and other CAD file types. I would often use Solidworks to do my importing and save it as a file type that works better in Inventor. I also really like the mechanical mates that you can do In solidworks. It was harder to do those mates in Inventor assemblies. I also found that Inventor was more likely to crash my computer than Solidworks.

Overall: Beautifully rendered complex models

Reliable and easy-to-use 3D modeling software

Aug 08, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Inventor has a very intuitive user interface. Not as pricey as other top-tier packages and provides a great bang for your buck.

Cons: Not as revolutionary or powerful as other packages but seems to be a great middle-of-the-road option with plenty of features for most industry needs. Automation & analysis features had been lacking in past releases but are starting to catch up.

One of the best 3d modeling software packages around

Aug 08, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Inventor is easy to learn and use. Most 3d models can be created using a few basic features. Many videos are available online for learning to use other more complex features.

Cons: Have not found many if any cons. Maybe a little difficult if switching from another 3d modeling software at first.

Overall Great Product

Jul 28, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I love how easy Inventor is to pick up. As a Beginner, you can already start drawing complex parts without many problems. Another aspect of it that is very nice, is it's ability to complete tasks using different commands. If you are unable to complete the object with 1 command, there is normally another way to do it.

Cons: The largest drawback of Inventor is it's communication with programs outside of the Autodesk Suite. Although Inventor is a great product for modeling, 3D printing with an inventor created drawing can be an issue

Overall: It is a great communication Aide. By having a 3D view of an object, contributors are able to see that object in space and manipulate it as if it were in the room, thus sparking more detailed conversation resulting in a better end product.

Helps so much!

Jul 11, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I couldn't function without this software. I am in the construction industry and I am openings construction plans all day long. I need this software always.

Used inventor for years, if you are in the Autodesk product suite you will catch on quick.

Jun 28, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: This product really is not too hard to learn to use if you are familiar with AutoCAD. We used this to design sheet metal parts to be punched by a CNC and were able to build complex assemblies.

Cons: There can be considerable setup to get the stretch out parts right, depending on bend radius and the forming after the sheet metal part is flat punched.

Autodesk Inventor 2015 Review

Apr 04, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Good software. Easy to use. Good for self learning 3D modeling.
Did not like that you can not view new version files on older version software.

Inventor use for logistic method development

Apr 04, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Very easy to use.

Overall: I use this software to do drawings in 3D for logistic method development. Very easy to use and I like the smart way it can make my development quicker.I

Review of Autodesk Inventor

Jan 05, 2017
4/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Autodesk Inventor has extensive professional features for 3D modeling and CAD design, but perhaps not enough to justify its cost. Students, however, can obtain a three-year license for free, which is exceptionally useful.

Comparable to Solid Works in many ways

Nov 10, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Inventor has been in my repertoire for about 8 years and I still use it very frequently. Autodesk has decent customer service reps and turn around times on bugs etc. Patches and hot fixes are produced as needed.