Amazing new capabilities for shape generation. Bulletproof compatibility. Faster PCB and mechanical integration. These are just a few of the enhancements we’ve made to Autodesk® Inventor® to help you innovate, collaborate, and engineer so you can make great products.
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Those that follow Autodesk Inventor closely will be only too aware that there have been many changes over the last couple of years. With the release of Fusion, many detractors were quick to sound the death knell for the more traditional, desktop-based Inventor.
With the rise of Autodesk’s cloud-based design ambitions, users might be forgiven for expecting development to wane on the Inventor product set.
This release, I believe, shows that this is not the case at all.Inventor has been on the market for a good ten years now. Its breadth of coverage is wide, its functionality deep — just as you’d expect from a system that has been on desktops for that long.
What’s interesting is that it’s pretty clear that the benefits of Fusion’s arguably faster-paced development is starting to pay dividends for Inventor as well.
Admittedly, many users might have been disappointed with the initial implementation of T-splines for complex shape description in the 2015 release. The good news for them is that this issue been addressed in 2016 and addressed comprehensively.Elsewhere, the AnyCAD tools that ease the process of working with third-party data in other formats, while maintaining links to engineering information, will likely prove useful to many.
That’s particularly important when we consider Inventor’s increasing adoption in the supply chain. This is an area in where the ability to take customer data and using it as a reference for further work is an essential part of the process.
For many users, being able to do just that without a huge amount of rework when those pesky but inevitable last-minute design changes come in, will no doubt be warmly welcomed.