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3D CAD Software for Modeling and Simulation

Inventor® Professional mechanical design and 3D CAD software includes: freeform, direct, and parametric modeling options; design automation tools; and advanced simulation and visualization tools.

UI enhancements
UI Enhancements

A new User Interface theme is part of the enhancements for 2020. The Light Theme updates touch all aspects of the user interface, including color scheme, icons, display color or background, manipulators, and ground plane.

Inventor command enhancements
command property panels

Property panel layout and buttons are enhanced.New commands have been added.

Multimonitor support
Multi-monitor support

You can use a single Inventor session in multiple windows and with multiple monitors.

Inventor image sheet metal mirroring
Customer-driven improvements

Customer driven improvements include: 

– Sheet Metal Mirroring
– Joints
– Naming default
– Shaft generator

View native Inventor
Read only mode

Inventor Read-only Mode allows you to access Inventor part (.ipt), assembly (.iam), drawing (.idw, dwg), and presentation (.ipn) files for viewing in the Inventor user interface without consuming a license.

AnyCAD Inventor
AnyCAD for Fusion 360

AnyCAD for Fusion 360, which was released in 2018.2 as a Tech Preview, is now fully released as a feature for Inventor and Fusion 360 subscribers.


Inventor Assembly performance
Assembly performance improvements

Significant performance improvements are seen in Assembly, Express Mode and Tube & Pipe.

Part design performance
other performance improvements

Part design, drawing creation and AnyCAD interoperability is all improved.


Solid sweep
Solid Sweep

Sweep a Tool body Along a Path. You can use solid sweep to create complex shapes, simulate toolpaths, or to design timing screws. The tool body is not required to be a revolved or cylindrical body.


The new Unwrap command can flatten faces that cannot be calculated with the Unfold or sheet metal flat pattern commands. For example, to determine a fabric pattern or for flattening stamped objects.

Extrude taper option
Extrude taper and Loop & Region Detection

When using the taper option with adjacent regions, the operation merges the faces to create a single, unified result.
Identifying and selecting loops and regions is significantly enhanced.

Relationships enhancement
Other enhancements

These include relationships enhancement, content center and migration enhancements.


End Cap
Insert End Cap Command

Use the new Insert End Cap command to close structural frame members. You can set the position, thickness, specify the profile shape, other properties.

Miter property panel

The Miter command is now a property panel. In the new panel, you do not need to select an option to miter multiple members at the same time.

In canvas manipulators
In-canvas manipulators

You can now interact with in-canvas manipulators when you insert or change a frame member.

Product design and modeling

Shape Generator

You specify the function while Inventor creates the perfect form.

Parametric modeling

Focus on the design, not the interface.

Assembly modeling

Put it all together, in fewer steps.

Drawing creation

Quickly create clear and detailed drawings.

Flexible modeling

Use freeform, direct, or parametric modeling.

Direct modeling

Quickly make edits.

Freeform modeling

Take a fluid approach toward modeling.

Mechanical concept and layout design

Start with AutoCAD, finish in Inventor.

Plastic parts design

Form, fit, function, and manufacturability of plastic parts.

Sheet metal design

Design complex sheet metal products.

Design Automation

Automated product configuration

Product configurators without complex programming.

Part and assembly design automation

Automate common part and feature variations.

Component generators and calculators

Design more accurately with calculators and component generators.

Automated frame design

Quickly design and test structural frames.

Electromechanical design

Link your Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical data.

Automated tube and pipe design

Get precise hose, tube and pipe runs.

Interoperability and CAD Collaboration

Work with non-native data

Maintain an associative link to non-native CAD data.

BIM interoperability

Get your products designed-in.

Printed circuit board (PCB) interoperability

Combine your PCB and mechanical designs.

Data management

Use a file manager made just for engineers.

Cloud-based 3D design reviews

Share views of your design in the cloud.

3D PDF export

Create 3D documentation that anyone can open.

Simulation and Visualisation

Dynamic simulation

Conduct advanced motion studies of your design.

Stress analysis

Evaluate design decisions as you make them.

Visualisation and rendering

Create photorealistic renderings of your product.

Exploded views and animations

Expose all the parts inside your design.

Inventor 2020 System Requirements

Operating System

  • 64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 with Update KB4019990

CPU Type 1

3.0 GHz or greater, 4 or more cores

2.5 GHz or greater


20 GB RAM or more

8 GB RAM for less than 500 part assemblies

Disk Space

Installer plus full installation: 40 GB


4 GB GPU with 106 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant

1 GB GPU with 29 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant

See the Certified Hardware

Display Resolution

Recommended scaling: 3840 x 2160 (4K); Preferred scaling: 100%, 125%, 150% or 200%.

Minimum: 1280 x 1024 or higher.

Pointing device

MS-Mouse compliant (3DConnexion 3D Mouse optional)

Productivity: 3DConnexion SpaceMouse®, driver version 10.5.12 or later


Internet connection for web install with Autodesk® Desktop App, Autodesk® collaboration functionality, web downloads, and licensing.

Network license manager supports Windows Server® 2016, 2012, 2012 R2, 2008 R2 and the operating systems listed above.


Full local install of Microsoft® Excel 2010, 2013 or 2016 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, Global BOM, Parts Lists, Revision Tables, spreadsheet-driven designs and Studio animation of Positional Representations.

64-bit Microsoft Office is required to export Access 2007, dBase IV, Text and CSV formats.

Office 365 subscribers must ensure they have a local installation of Microsoft Excel 2016.

Windows Excel Starter®, OpenOffice®, and browser-based Office 365 applications are not supported.


Google Chrome or equivalent

.NET Framework

.NET Framework Version 4.7 or later. Windows Updates enabled for installation.

For Complex Models, Complex Mold Assemblies, and Large Assemblies (typically more than 1,000 parts)

CPU Type1

3.30 GHz or greater, 4 or more cores


24 GB RAM or greater


4 GB GPU with 106 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant

See the Certified Hardware


  1. Autodesk® Inventor® is optimized to take advantage of the SSE2 extended instruction sets supported on Pentium 4, AMD Athlon 64, and AMD Opteron processors. Inventor 2020 will not install on computers that do not support SSE2. Several utilities are available on the Internet that report CPUID including supported instructions sets.
  2. Autodesk recommends settings which allow Microsoft Windows to manage virtual memory as needed. There should always be at least twice as much free hard disk space as system memory (RAM).


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