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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.

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 2017 System Requirements

Inventor 2017 is only supported on 64-bit operating systems and cannot be installed on a 32-bit system.

Operating System 1

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (desktop OS)
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

CPU Type 2

Recommended:
Intel® Xeon® E3 or Core i7 or equivalent, 3.0 GHz or greater

Minimum:
64-bit Intel or AMD, 2 GHz or faster

Memory 3

Recommended:
20 GB RAM or more

Minimum:
8 GB RAM for less than 500 part assemblies

Disk Space

Installer plus full installation: 40 GB

Graphics

Recommended:
Microsoft Direct3D 11® or capable graphics card or higher

Minimum:
Microsoft Direct3D 10® capable graphics card or higher

See the Certified Hardware

Display Resolution

1280 x 1024 or higher.

Recommended scaling: 100%, 125%, 150% or 200%.

Other

  • DVD-ROM 4
  • Internet connection for Autodesk® 360 functionality, web downloads, and Subscription Aware access
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 15 5
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer® 11 or equivalent
  • Full local install of Microsoft® Excel 2010, 2013 or 2016 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, thread related commands, clearance/threaded hole creation, Global BOM, Parts Lists, Revision Tables, spreadsheet-driven designs and Studio animation of Positional Representations. Excel Starter®, Online Office 365® and OpenOffice® are not supported.
  • 64-bit Microsoft Office is required to export Access 2007, dBase IV, Text and CSV formats.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 or later
  • Virtualization supported on Citrix® XenApp™ 7.7 and 7.8; Citrix XenDesktop™ 7.7 and 7.8 (requires Inventor Network Licensing).

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

CPU Type

Recommended:
Intel Xeon E3 or Core i7 or equivalent, 3.30 GHz or greater 2

Memory

Recommended:
24 GB RAM or greater 3

Graphics

Recommended:
Microsoft Direct3D 11 or capable graphics card or higher

See the Certified Hardware

Notes:

  1. Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Vault must both be the same language on a given computer. English versions of these applications will run on any language operating system. Other language versions of these applications will run on operating systems of that same language.
  2. Autodesk Inventor 2017 is optimized to take advantage of the SSE2 extended instruction sets supported on Pentium 4, AMD Athlon 64, and AMD Opteron processors. Inventor 2017 will not install on computers that do not support SSE2. Several utilities are available on the Internet that report CPUID including supported instructions sets.
  3. 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).
  4. DVD-ROM drive is not required if installing from USB or software download.
  5. The multimedia learning components of the Inventor Help system, such as the UI Video Tour, Command Reference, and Show Me animations, require Adobe Flash Player 10. If it is not already installed, you can download it from the Adobe website.

For Autodesk Inventor 2017 Macintosh Users

You can install Autodesk Inventor® Professional software on a Mac® computer on a Windows partition. The system must use Apple Boot Camp® to manage a dual OS configuration and meet the minimum system requirements:

Boot Camp

Mac OS

Recommended:
Mac OS® X 10.10.x

Minimum:
Mac OS X 10.9.x

CPU Type

Intel Core 2 Duo or greater, 3.0 GHz or greater

Memory

Recommended:
16 GB RAM or greater

Minimum:
8 GB RAM

Partition Size

Recommended:
500 GB or greater

Minimum:
200 GB

Windows OS

  • Microsoft Windows 10 (desktop OS)
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

Autodesk Inventor Professional can be used on the Mac via Parallels Desktop for Mac without having to boot directly into the Windows OS, so it is easy to switch between platforms. The system must meet the following requirements:

Mac Virtualization on Parallels Desktop

Mac OS

Recommended:
Mac OS® X 10.10.x

Minimum:
Mac OS X 10.9.x

Parallels

Parallels Desktop 10 or higher

CPU Type

Intel Core 2 Duo or greater, 3.0 GHz or greater

Memory

Recommended:
16 GB RAM or greater

Minimum:
8 GB RAM

Free Disk Space

Recommended:
250 GB or greater

Minimum:
100 GB

Windows OS

  • Microsoft Windows 10 (desktop OS)
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
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Next Steps

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