Mechanical design software for ambitious ideas

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Inventor® 3D CAD software provides professional-grade mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation tools.

  • Powerful blend of parametric, direct, freeform, and rules-based design capabilities
  • Integrated tools for sheet metal, frame design, tube and pipe, cable & harness, presentations, rendering, simulation, machine design, and more
  • TrustedDWG® compatibility and powerful Model-Based Definition capabilities for embedding manufacturing information directly in the 3D model
System requirements:

Inventor overview (video: 2:08 min.)

Why use Inventor?

Improve product performance

Use powerful 3D modeling and simulation capabilities to design and optimize performance. 

Reduce repetitive tasks

Quickly create customizable configurations of your designs and automate common tasks. 

Boost collaboration

Connect your designs with incoming customer data and share ideas in a secure cloud-based service. 


Share feedback with built-in collaboration tools

  • Work with anyone, anywhere no matter what CAD software they use
  • Collect feedback from stakeholders wherever they are using cloud-based design review
  • Follow the product development lifecycle with one data model

Satisfy demands for custom products and automate processes

  • Design efficiently using specialized industry toolsets
  • Enable design automation powered by iLogic
  • Access Inventor API to create add-ins
  • Access Forge Design Automation API for running job processes in the cloud

BIM interoperability

  • Increase your sales opportunities while participating in BIM projects
  • Use data exchanges for a highly collaborative workflow when creating custom fabrications around Revit data
  • Include necessary authoring metadata and export your designs to a BIM-ready Revit format

What's New

The latest release of Inventor® 3D CAD software is packed with user-requested updates and enhancements to help manage your design process, speed your connected engineering workflows, and reduce repetitive tasks.

iLogic with Vault
Quickly access and launch Inventor-to-Fusion 360 workflows, including generative design, simulation, electronics, and manufacturing.
Finish utility

Securely share data between Revit building design software and Inventor using an improved approach for seamless BIM and MCAD (mechanical CAD) interoperability.

Mark feature enhancements

Better prepare your designs for manufacturing with the new mark command, updates to sheet metal export, and support for dimensional tolerances in additional features.

Drawing revision cloud

Gain more control of your bill of material and manage tolerances. Plus enhanced performance and productivity improvements for graphics and large assemblies.

View setting improvements

Take advantage of more flexible inputs, clarity in method naming, and consistency across interfaces.

Tube and pipe enhancements

Adjust element position in 2D plan views to add clarity to documentation sets.

Extend Inventor with the PDM Collection

The collection is a powerful set of applications that provides extended capabilities to Inventor and AutoCAD for engineers who design complex and custom products, equipment, and systems.
Inventor Tolerance Analysis
Inventor Nastran
Factory Design Utilities
Best practices for 2D & 3D design
Work in Inventor and AutoCAD to unlock capabilities that benefit the entire product development cycle. (Watch video 1:50 min.)

The Micrographics Advantage

We don’t just sell software, we are technical experts who understand your industry. We can help you:

Integrate Business Systems

We develop data sharing solutions to improve and speed up the communication between CAD & business management technologies.

Optimize Business Processes

We do unique assessments of our clients, enabling them to address workflow challenges, identify opportunities & achieve objectives.

Leverage the Power of BIM

By understanding BIM philosophies we can develop & implement BIM solutions for any project or establish BIM standards for any company.

Have Questions About Complex Applications?

Speak to us about your operational requirements or outcomes and we'll tailor a solution best suited to your business.

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System Requirements

Operating System

64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 11 and Windows 10.


Minimum: 2.5 GHz or greater
Recommended: 3.0 GHz or greater, 4 or more cores


Minimum: 16 GB RAM for less than 500-part assemblies
Recommended: 32 GB RAM or more

Display Resolution

Recommended: 3840 x 2160 (4K); Preferred scaling: 100%, 125%, 150% or 200%
Minimum: 1280 x 1024

Display Card

Minimum: 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant

Disk space

Installer plus full installation: 40 GB


Internet connection for web install with Autodesk Desktop App, Autodesk collaboration functionality, web downloads, and licensing.
See Autodesk Network License Manager for Windows

Pointing Device

MS-Mouse compliant
Productivity: 3DConnexion SpaceMouse®, driver version 10.7.0 or later.

.NET Framework

.NET Framework Version 4.8 or later. Windows Updates enabled for installation.


Full local install of Microsoft Excel 2016 or later for workflows that create and edit spreadsheets. Inventor workflows that read or export spreadsheet data do not require Microsoft Excel. See Inventor Excel Requirements for more information.
Office 365 subscribers must ensure they have a local installation of Microsoft Excel.
Windows Excel Starter®, OpenOffice®, and browser-based Office 365 applications are not supported.


Google Chrome™ or equivalent

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


Recommended: 3.30 GHz or greater, 4 or more cores


Recommended: 64 GB RAM or greater

Display Card

Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant