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126 Reviews

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  • 4 / 5
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  • 4 / 5
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  • Autodesk
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About Inventor

Autodesk Inventor software provides engineers and designers a professional grade design and engineering solution for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualization, and documentation. With Inventor software, engineers can integrate 2D and 3D data into a single design environment, 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.


Inventor Features

  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Modeling
  • Chemical
  • Civil
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  • Design Analysis
  • Design Export
  • Document Management
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
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Inventor...only 10 years behind

Oct 30, 2018
4/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
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Pros: I like that it's fairly quick to rebuild parts after changing a feature early on in the tree. I like the view cube in the upper right hand corner, very easy to reorient the view any way I want. The measure tool is very useful and easy to use. I really like how easy it is to start and orient a sketch, super simple and intuitive. The hole tool is nice and easy to use, good GUI.

Cons: I don't like:

1. I can't measure between the edges of sketched circles without putting points there to measure from. Why shouldn't I be able to measure the web thickness or specify that as my measurable value? If that's something that's a CTC on my print, then let me spec it, don't tell me it's not "good engineering".

2. Why can't I split/trim projected geometry? You make me import it as a line, so let me trim it like one.

3. When using a feature in a subsequent sketch, why does it make me import that line geometry into my current sketch? Just reference it.

4. If I add a constraint, why not tell me what conflicts and let me delete the conflicting constraint (a la Creo). It's great that you tell me it's overconstraining it, but tell me what the conflicts are.

5. Why do I have to edit a sketch/feature to edit a dimension? I've been able to double click a dimension and edit that dimension in SW and Creo for years.

6. Why do I have to go into the View tab to change the visual style? Make that a floating toolbar in the viewable area (a la Creo).

7. Why don't all circular features, i.e. circles, holes, etc., automatically have an axis that's accessible to later features? It's dumb that I have to insert them...

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It is a 3D solid parametric modeling program produced by the software company Autodesk

Jul 10, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
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Pros: It has many tools that are very useful not only in the mechanical area, but also in the design of circuits, in the design of pipelines, etc., that's why I like SW. However, what I like about inventor is that besides being a program where you can make designs (CAD), you can also manufacture them (CAM) and do not need an interface like solidworks to recognize it in a cnc.

Moldflow analysis: because it shows the quality of the pieces during the preliminary design phases and avoids the problems of higher level.

Family mold: this allows the administration of family molds. You can alternate between several charged plastic parts to complete the partition plane design of each core and cavity assembly.

Feed channel and injection point: provides the means to specify the type and location of the injection points, and allows to define the characteristics of shape, size and sketch of the feed channel.

Cooling channel: improves the efficiency of the mold design and simplifies the process of creating complex cooling channels.

Core and cavity design: solves the complex problems of defining the partition plane. The combination of these functions allows the closing of the separation, in addition to the automatic creation of revisions of holes and partition surfaces.

Standard component library and tools: supports a wide range of components from commercial catalog libraries and a component utility to create custom parts.

Automation of the drawing: the automation of the 2D drawing

Cons:

Java does not generate code for further deeper developments.

It does not handle much flexibility like code does in Java

It only works with an Internet connection and it is a great disadvantage when you signal it is bad at home or work

It can only be developed for Android

The program has a high cost, due to its license.

Knowing how to fully use the software requires a lot of time since there are many functions, and even that they are of little application, since they are very specific.

It requires a powerful computer to work with processing speed, and a high space on the hard drive

Overall: In my case being a professional of iNGENIERIA IS OF GREAT BENEFIT BECAUSE Inventor is updated (with the help of users in Inventor Ideas) and improves with each new version

It keeps the user competitive by accessing our latest innovations at the time they are available, along with the

previous versions you need

Configure your products more easily with new functions for assemblies and autocomplete in the rules editor. Work with data from any 3D CAD system while maintaining an associative link

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Inventor for Millwork and Tradeshow Documents

Oct 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Inventor is very easy to use to create realistic, solid designs for cabinetry and millwork. I have tailored the software to streamline my creation of repetitive tasks, and it allows me to effectively document my designs quickly and easily. The software allows you to design and see where problems are in real time. My absolute favorite thing is that the drawings created, are always 100% exactly what you've modeled. It is impossible to have a view that does not dimensionally match another view. My experience with CAD systems in the past, is when drawings get revised, if not checked carefully, views can get out of sync with each other and when something is manufactured, the fabricator undoubtedly will ALWAYS pick the incorrect view as the one to follow. Inventor completely eliminates this problem. Last but not least, is that after being an Engineer / Drafter / Project Manager for almost 30 years, learning and using inventor has made designing and drafting fun for me again.

Cons: If there's anything I dislike, is that the software could be more cabinet and millwork friendly without having to purchase an add-on. The drawing sizes and model file sizes can get very large, in some cases I have drawings over 200mb, which can be painfully slow when loading over a network

Overall: Inventor is a great tool and easy to learn and be productive with. It is not a direct solution for any specific trade other than Sheet Metal, but can be tailored to fit.

Excellent capability, decent learning curve for existing CAD/CAM users

Jul 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Really powerful software, surprisingly resource efficient for use on laptops, and the de facto standard for many uses. With a dedicated CAD rig (or repurposed gaming PC), performance even when dealing with large and complex models is excellent.

The design and portability is really quite good, and when coupled with access to CNC machinery and 3D printing capability makes the prototyping process incredibly quick. Currently experimenting with amateur photogrammetry for metrology and rapid design capability (converting clay models or plastic-printing pens), and the toolset is powerful enough to leverage those capabilities quite well.

Easy enough to use that high school students can tap many of the advanced capabilities with even limited background.

Cons: For myself as an old school Autodesk user the added capability is impressive, although the UI updates feel a lot like contemporary changes that fixed things which weren't broken in the first place.

The biggest headache I have right now is that the install is tedious to reroute, particularly when repurposing existing computers for STEM outreach projects, anything other than the default installation is hard, and often inconsistent.

Interfacing with open source tools is actually quite good, but innate support for that is unsurprisingly limited. Still, a really minor complaint, as properly packaged for export files are handled really well with existing CAM workflow and automation in slicing tools for experienced additive manufacturers.

Overall: Being able to flexibly work on design projects for work, hobbies, and STEM Education and Outreach work is incredibly nice, and linking this capability to much more accessible maker tech really opens new doors for rapid prototyping.

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Inventor 2018 Experience

Oct 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: The software is easy to use and flows fairly well. The real beauty, especially from a hiring standpoint, is that it works very similar to competition so if you know one package you can quickly pick up on this one. the other thing I really like is the Vault that is included. The ability to work locally, but keep everything stored on a server, makes working with larger models much faster. It also allows a team to work together while keeping files safes and tracking revisions and changes.

Cons: Ever since the first time I used the software my main criticism has always been the inability to select a midpoint of a sketch. This drives me mad and many of us have found complex workarounds to what should be a simple problem. I will also say that setting up mates in an assembly is not always that intuitive. It's great to have many different options but when %100 of the time I only use this specific one it would be great if it would learn that, or allow me to change the default.

Overall: Overall it's been a positive experience. I will admit I came to Inventor late having stared with competitor products nearly 15 years ago but once you learn the syntax of how the everything is set up it is a smooth transition.

Very helpful tool to model components and help visualize real world assemblies.

Aug 01, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I have used this product for over 3 years now and couldn't be more satisfied with the product. My team and I use Inventor to model assemblies to be used in real life to help us visualize any potential flaws regarding manufacturing and assembly. The gear tool has allowed us to construct complex gear trains within minutes and simulating the motion has never been easier. To add to that, being able to visualize the motion of the gears through simulation has helped us fix several overlooked flaws in the design, including improper teeth meshing distance and collision with the frame.

Cons: My one complaint with AutoDesk is the pack and go feature. Once, I used it to export my assembly and various part files into a compressed zip file, checking all the correct boxes, and my zip folder was later corrupted. It has only happened once but it cost me a lot of time. It could have been a user error on my part but I have packed and gone since and it has worked fine every other time.

Overall: AutoDesk included a modelling and drawing software, as well as a simulation aspect. We use other softwares for other applications so this is the extent of my knowledge with autocad.

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A 3d solid modeler that adapts perfectly to the industrial design sector.

Feb 06, 2019
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The workspace and environment contains the necessary tools to model objects and pieces of high technical and parametric requirements, I am pleased that it is a very precise software with accurate measurement tools and scale, the vision of the object and the views work correctly for observe in detail the element that is being developed and that facilitates the visual interpretation of the object or piece, the flexibility of modeling seems to me an important element to highlight and is a positive factor during the work.

Cons: The technical knowledge needed to execute commands based on data and equations must be high, working with data and configuring automated systems is something more complex than expected and it takes time to implement correctly the possibilities and services offered by the software.

Overall: In parametric design it behaves in a formidable way and has modeling tools available to facilitate the editing and creation of objects with complex shapes, its user community is quite broad, which keeps me satisfied when a problem arises since a solution is always obtained by consulting to some colleagues.

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Excellent mechanical design software, extremely efficient and practical.

Jun 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: Mainly it has allowed me to design pieces, machineries, structures and endless figures, creating parameters that streamline the assembly of the models that I have created, since it has a complete library of structural elements that facilitate the task of designing from the elements of the library and can easily be modeled, it is also very easy to create parametric drawings without the need of being an expert in the software, therefore its ease of use unlike other similar packages places it among my favorites when creating my digital prototypes. On the other hand, this software can design metal sheets that meet the most stringent quality standards. I find it interesting that it allows you to create 3D models from DWG files directly from Inventor. In addition to all the advantages I have mentioned, it allows you to export 3D designs to PDF formats, which facilitates printing and displaying them on any computer.

Cons: The main disadvantage that I find to this software is that it requires a very powerful equipment and with certain specific characteristics to be able to use it, since in a conventional machine its use is impossible.

Overall: It has allowed me to quickly design metal structures in 3D from your library, which has saved me time, in addition to an impeccable finish. Therefore, I consider that it has given effectiveness to my work and my professional life.

Great software, unmatched design automation!

Jul 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: If you have massive assemblies and love to automate processes, inventor is the ticket! This software runs well on computers that would barely be able to open SolidWorks. Huge assemblies (30,000 parts) open and are easily worked on. I can't imagine doing anything if this magnitude in any other software. I regularly use Solidworks, inventor and Pro-E (Creo), and inventor is my go to software for large machines.

It's the best feature is iLogic which is a user-friendly programming interface to help you automate simple or complex tasks to save time and reduce errors. It is very similar to Visual Basic for applications, but you do not need to be a programmer to figure this out!

Cons: There is no global sheet scale in drawings and therefor no way to link a view scale to the title block in a drawing. It must be filled out manually.

Overall: Model MASSIVE assemblies on not very powerful computers, design and process automation with iLogic.

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Solid 3d CAD platform with an entourage of compatible software

Oct 30, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: That drawings are DWG file formats, so no conversions necessary to open in AutoCAD.

The ability to customize with marking menus, keyboard shortcuts, rearranging ribbons, and macros with VBA.

Cons: It acts up sometimes with sketch references (even when limited to one part), but there has been continuous improvements in this area.

Edits to parts can take time as the workflow is to either open part up and make changes, or edit in place but still open up feature to make changes. However, I created a VBA form and macro that allows me to see relative parameters to a feature to make quick changes at the assembly level.

Multi-core support took too long to be offered, but thankfully it now is utilized.

Overall: We left Pro/E Wildfire 4.0 in 2013 as Creo originally wasn't all that stellar. We switched to Inventor and all-in-all have been pretty satisfied. Performance was an issue early on, but this has been addressed with multi-core support.

Inventor 19

Oct 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Inventor is easy to use with plenty of modeling power to do most any job a company has. I have not found any parts our company uses that Inventor could not model quickly and accurately.

Cons: Random crashes doing normal activities. Some functionality can be a little difficult to figure out why the feature fails to modify. Especially when you can create the feature from scratch successfully. Seems to be missing some functionality I was used to with SolidWorks especially in the assembly constraints but that may be due to lack of training. BOM control can be tricky I found out recently. Again this may be caused by a lack of training.

Overall: My experience with Inventor has been very good from a modeling perspective. I have not found anything our company designs that could not model.

BEST MODELING SOFTWARE I HAVE USED

Oct 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It is so user friendly and seems to be made by people who do things logically. You can teach someone the basics in a couple of hours and be very proficient in a couple of weeks.

Cons: If you can't find what you're looking for online or in the help files it can be hard to make changes easily. They can still be made just not automatically if you can't figure out the default setting to change. If it had a way to add custom textures and styles to the appearance menu for original styles that would be helpful.

Overall: It makes showing a customer exactly what their final product will look like and function like, very easy for them to understand. Customers are more easily put at ease when they can see exactly what their final product will look like and not just a rendering.

3D Parts Creation with Logic

Oct 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The software is easy to use and is made extremely powerful with iLogic. iLogic enables you to create multiple variations of a part with programming logic and variables. Objects are created based on dimensions so, if you change the width, everything based on the width changes to accommodate the new width. So if you have several parts that are basically the same with small variations, you can create a bunch of different parts by simply changing the variables.

Cons: The one thing I don't like about the software is that in order to reference the midpoint of a line in sketch mode, you have to place a point on the midpoint. Then you can use the midpoint as a basis for other dimensions.

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Why I like Inventor

Oct 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The thing I like most about Inventor is the ease of use. I came from a SolidWorks background and was able to jump right in and start working with Inventor with very little instruction. The interface is easy to understand and there is plenty of help videos and white papers on the Autodesk website to help you out if you get stuck.

Cons: Inventor has crashed on me a couple of times, but that was remedied with a patch.

Overall: I work in for a process engineering company, so it helps to be able when building my Plant 3D drawings to be able to design the specialty equipment in Inventor to import into Plant to be able to visualize how it will actually look in the facilities we build.

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A great but expensive tool

Nov 27, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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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.

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I've been using 3d software since 2001

Jan 18, 2018
4/5
Overall

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.

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

Mar 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

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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Inventor is a very powerful 3d design tool. In comparison to Solidworks tool, it is friendlier.

Jul 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Have the opportunity to do each of the design of your pieces and then assemble them. It allows you to evaluate every detail in the design process. The 3D design allows you to be focused on what is really important, the design. Every year the tool innovates and introduces you to new functions that make your work a little easier.

Once your designs are ready, you can use the 3D printer and manufacture a particular piece. So it allows you a quick "design-fabrication" process.

Cons: The more pieces you add to your assembly, the computer gets a little slow. In that sense, a large capacity team is required.

Overall: The Mechanical Design is an iterative process with many interactive phases. You can improve the design and making it efficient. I think this software, Inventor, allows me as a mechanical engineer to apply my knowledge and do my work under a specific methodology that leads me to a quality design. It is a powerful mechanical design tool.

Inventor 2019

Oct 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: Overall design environment. BOM features are very nice. iLogic is a very useful feature

Cons: A dark mode option would be very nice. Staring at the white menus all day can create some eye strain. AutoCAD has a nice dark theme.

The iLogic event triggers need to include "print"

Chamfer tools can act a little funny at times when dealing with complex geometry

Overall: I've been using Inventor professionally for 7 years now. The software has made my job much simpler as a machine designer.

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

Sep 07, 2017
4/5
Overall

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

CAD Manager

Oct 24, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: User friendliness. Easy to train employees on the many different features Inventor has, from modeling to documenting the models with drawings, and rendering for our parts catalog to rendering hi-resolution files for offset printng.

Cons: Can not export/import custom materials to a spreadsheet to verify the accuracy and make changes

Overall: We use our models for everything from prototyping 3D printe models to rendering for marketing.

Love the software and it's many uses

Review Autodesk Inventor

Jan 29, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: I like this software because is easy to use, user interface is very frendly and most used tool is on front of you.

Cons: All what you need in one product, if you want simulation stres, you have, if you want make simple orcompplicated 3D model some mechanical parts or something, inventor has easy to make thet.

Overall: I use Inventor more 4 year. I start in inventor 2016, and I make reinstal to 2018. I'm very satisfied user. All recommended for this software.

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MOST ADAPTIVE CAD SOFTWARE

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The flexibility iLogic gains you in this software is an absolute must when working on bigger assemblies. Also, with a 2D background, adding on the 3rd dimension has a logical flow compared to other programs.

Cons: its not supported by many 3rd party solutions for processing structural steel out of the box

Overall: I have had a extremely positive experience with Inventor, I was originally a solidworks user, but now that I have switched it is difficult to go back!

Great software, easy to use and very intuitive.

Feb 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

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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Great design and 3D model generation software, especially for mechanical design

May 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: User Interface is quite easy to work with. I also like the button layout although i started as a new user. The tutorial tells you of what the command or button does when you hover your mouse arrow above it for a little bit. Usually it takes a second or two to appear. I had used this more while I was at penn state as a graduate student. At my current workplace I used a server version which was more complicated to use in terms of software accessibility but the commands and other things are same.

Cons: Occasionally it crashes or sort of freezes. This may have been a computer issue. The issue is with transferring files colleagues and have them continue the work. if the exact folder arrangement etc is not copied then some of the 3D parts show an error to be missing and the assembly rebuild is complicated.

Overall: helped in easy creation of assemblies, bill of materials and ease of sharing professional looking layouts of plant design.

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Autodesk Part Modeling Software is Very Powerful!

Nov 02, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I liked that this software works with all the other pieces of software you can use as tools in Autodesk's line of products. It is very easy to sketch and draw just about anything. You also have a lot of control over the parameters that dictate the shape, size and area of the part you are creating. I also like the ease with which it works with other software data. You can open just about any file from any other software company.

Cons: I didn't like how some features like decals don't transcend down from a part variation to an assembly. Also, in oder to make a part adjustable and controllable in size you have to design it from the beginning as an iPart, which means that when it is in an assembly, all the constraints will break when it becomes an iPart. Sometimes playing with geometry is tricky because of constraints, but also because you can't always tell if a chain is fully connected to be able to extrude.

Overall: We have been able to offer Revit files to some of our customers who ask for them. We also are able to show them what their product will look like after it is done.

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

Mar 10, 2018
4/5
Overall

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.

Fantastic Educational Tool For Young Engineers!

Feb 13, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Autodesk Inventor manages to be simple for students, but more advanced features can easily be turned on as needed. Great learning environment versus other engineering-design products.

Cons: The customization menu seemed pretty disorganized.

Overall: I used a competing product while I worked in industry. However, Inventor quickly became my favorite design software when I saw its simplicity and efficiency.

Excellent 3D modeling software

Oct 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Inventor makes 3D modeling very easy to learn and use. The commands are simple to follow and the help files can be very helpful if you know what you are looking for. I have been using Inventor for 3-4 years now and I am still learning new and better ways to do certain things. Autodesk releases a new version every year with added functionality, which makes using the software easier.

Cons: Inventor can sometimes be a memory hog, if you have a model open with 100's of parts it can take 10-15GB of memory. Which slows down the computer and can make creating drawings slow and painful. Also the software sometimes can do things which you don't intend. This can get irritating and cause some delays in design.

The best engineering software out there

Feb 28, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Students have no problem picking up difficult concepts in Inventor. It is easy to use if you haven't done engineering before.

Cons: The interface seems outdated. Certain menus seem like they haven't been changed in decades.

Overall: I use Inventor with my students for modeling many different projects. Inventor allows us to quickly draft a model, create drawings and create assemblies all in a single program.

Reliable and easy-to-use 3D modeling software

Aug 08, 2017
4/5
Overall

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.

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Inventor Review

Dec 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Very easy and powerful software to use. One of the better parametric modelers out there and I have used just about all of them. The stress analysis is very handy and the constraints are intuitive and powerful.

Cons: Wish there was a plugin for featurecam into inventor. I know there is inventor HSM but its not as easy to use as featurecam.

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3d Parametrics

Feb 20, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Parametric design and functionality is second to none! FEA analysis is very helpful.

Cons: A bit pricey, but inline with other comparable software! It has the ability to do more than most individuals are capable of learning!

Overall: I have used 3 or 4 other parametric design software packages and Inventor is by far the best experience. Also able to export and import from other softwares.

One of the best

Feb 18, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Very friendly interface, real life looks, stable, capable for very large assembly. Excellent API and PLM. 3D PDF. I worked on NX, Catia, Solidworks, AutoCad- Inventor is my favorite CAD software.

Cons: Development for creating drawing is slow. (Like most software packages)

Overall: I worked on NX, Catia, Solidworks, AutoCad- Inventor is my favorite CAD software.

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

Jun 28, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

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.

Inventor Review

Oct 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Speed, I can do so many things and make parts right so they go straight to production without modifications.

Cons: one thing I think would be nice if they added a way to add simple way to add total to tables and have them update automatically, right now I have to export to excel and import back.

Overall: I love inventor I use it 9 hours a day 5 days a week

Where I learned to CAD.

May 30, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: This software is perhaps the simplest CAD software out there. Very user friendly with easy to understand terminology. The Software isn't the most complex, but as a student just learning to use CAD, this was perfect. I spent so much time playing around with the software, designing little objects.

Cons: Can't do as much as other software, but most people don't use the complicated features in other software, so not really that bad.

Overall: Easy to learn and use. Simple interface. Good layout. Fun to learn.

almost perfect

Dec 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: industry wide this is an acclaimed software platform that is easy to pick up on when use to using other modeling platforms

Cons: We have to work in whatever version our clients are in. Therefore if we just upgraded to 2018 but our clients upgrade to 2019 we will have to upgrade again to be able to work seamlessly with our client.

Great Product - Poor Website Help

Oct 03, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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Pros: Inventor is not difficult learn allowing an individual to come up to speed to a basic level fairly quickly. The features build on each other, so learning new features is typically similar to other features. The depth of the software is very good making it viable for use in electromechanical, machining and sheet metal industries. The software includes engineering analysis features which are not intended to be perfect, but are an excellent pre-analysis tool before entering into prototypes.

Cons: There two main issues I have with this software. The order in which activities must be performed is not obvious. This is frustrating because when the user expects to move forward, they have no idea why nothing is happening. From feature to feature, the order of operations seems inconsistent which is likely due to work the software performs in the background, but it frustrating. The second issue is the help information which at times is useless because it tells me what a function can do (which I already know) and doesn't provide the "how to". The how to information is doesn't provide any sense of "why" certain tasks are performed, it simply says to select something, but not what to expect.

Overall: The software is a good tool that many organizations would find value added. As a newer user, I find it a bit frustrating, but have been successful in modeling and drafting my designs.

Using Inventor for ASME CODE SHOP

Oct 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: The functionality and how simple (to me) it is to learn and use. It makes my job easier and once you know Inventor, corrections are made very quickly on your projects.

Cons: Can't really think of any off hand. Just keep improving the software

Overall: Absolutely enjoy using Inventor. I've used a lot of Autodesk products including Plant 3D and Revit.

Great 3-D software

Mar 12, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Can fix mistakes and drawing updates

Measurements can be dependent on others

Updates models and Drawings

Cons: Model can Error out with too many constraints

Exports are little sketchy at times

Overall: Love it, use on almost all my work, could use a few more features in assemblies but works enough for me. This is the competitor of Soildworks, like Home Depot to Lowes

Incredible software with endless capabilities

Jan 25, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I love that you can model your products and see them in a 3D capacity. It really brings life to what you are designing.

Cons: It is not 100% user friendly but I could also benefit from a few classes. I do not create models in Inventor but do have to review them a lot. As a result I only know the basic functions. I haven't found that it is the easiest to learn on your own, but I can tell that the options are extensive.

Overall: I typically review models and then request revisions as necessary. I do not create the models in Inventor. I usually use a different program to draw the 2D image of what I am looking for and then ask our modeling team to model it. I can use all of the simple tools in Inventor to review the model and make changes as necessary.

Great Software

Oct 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Easy to learn and use, fairly intuitive, so many vast options to use it for.

Cons: It seems to have a lot of little bugs with each new release which cause a lot of crashes.

Overall: Inventor is super helpful for everything we design, it allows us to visualize and design things in 3D and test strengths and assemblies before we fabricate anything.

Inventor user review

Sep 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: This software is ideal for design purposes and can be used ti design parts and assembly aswell as drawings

Cons: The software has some minor problems and the links between the part and part drawings can make it hard to mod one part for other purpouses

Overall: Overall this is a great program for all design purpouses.

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A step forward for professionals.

Oct 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: Working on Inventor is extremely satisfying. The possibility to manage every parameter of the 3D modeling allows a very precise product engineering.

Cons: In the FreeForm part would be convenient to intergrate shortcuts to speed up modeling.

Overall: We realize all our product design using Inventor.

Drawings look great.

Jun 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: The drawings turn out wonderful. They look like you could reach in and touch them. A little different from your standard 2D drawing software.

Cons: The price is dauntingly high, especially since they have gone to the subscription programs. No other issues.

Overall: Great drawings.

Standard 3D modeling software which I find very user friendly.

Jul 09, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy to customize you workspace. Great for users new to 3D modeling. Great descriptions with each feature.

Cons: Some of the more complicated features are lacking in literature. I've had to rely on forums many times and they rarely get me exactly the answers I need.

Amazing modeling and Design Software

Mar 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: -Complex Physics Calculus

-Many tools and features to achieve the goal

-Multitask Software

-Precision

Cons: -Compare to Solidworks, sometimes it takes more time to model the same or design a project

-the program is designed in a way, sometimes is hard find that the tool that you need

Overall: We have used Inventor , for designing furniture, cabinets , and some metal parts, the problem is inventor is when you know Solidworks , you see how easy is to navigate in solidworks and how easy is to model a project and fast, and because time is money , the speed is really important in every company . .

The benefits in Inventor is the different tools that are offered to solve any problem, when you need to consider material, pressure, forces, animation, fluids, etc or model complex surface inventor has more tools to offer. i think it is easier to animate something in inventor, also integrate better with AutoCAD which is an important tool around the world. the pricing for inventor is much better than Solidworks, so I would say inventor is a very good software just sometimes it is not friendly to the user and you need more time to be an expert

Better than Solidworks?

Oct 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I find Inventor much easier to use than SolidWorks.

Changing dimensions and have the model update automatically is invaluable.

Cons: The licensing is a little tricky to get your head around, but overall worth it in the end...

Great experience using Inventor.

Nov 03, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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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.