Autodesk Inventor: Mastering 3D Mechanical Design

Autodesk Inventor is a 3D animation program that specifically animates mechanical designs. It can be used to create tools, product simulation and design communication. It is possible to integrate all types of data into 1 model, create a virtual image of the product before it is built, and then simulate the product for real world performance.


With Inventor, it is possible to:

  • generate drawings and designs of common components
  • analyze and create different molded parts
  • integrate 3D and 2D mechanical and electrical designs
  • improve communication and data transfer between the different branches
  • speed up the design of any parts made of sheet metal
  • automate how tools are designed for routed systems
  • create simulations to model real world situations


The visualization used is state of the art and can show how the mechanical design can improve communications between the project partners, and represent the design all the way through the design process. Some of the new visualization features include improved lighting, shading and material properties within the environments. This creates a very realistic model of the tool.

Rules Based

Inventor makes it much easier to focus on the actual design, as the rules based design creates the necessary geometry based on specific geometry rules. It is no longer necessary to manually model all of the needed geometry in the design. This type of rule based modeling uses the iLogic technology that embed engineering information into the digital design. Different components can easily be copied and then quickly inserted into the assemblies they are normally found in.

3D Design

There are 3 different forms of designs that can be used within inventor; system design, plastic part design, sheet metal part design and assembly design. Within system designs, take the 2D drawing and use the parametric design to create initial concepts. This makes it possible to evaluate different concepts in order to form digital prototypes. Plastic parts can be quickly designed and can be manufactured soon. These plastic models will contain the functional features of plastic. This makes it possible to design and manufacture the parts much faster than before.

The sheet metal design makes it easy to create parts constructed of sheet metal. This can help to decrease manufacturing costs of sheet metal parts. Very complex mechanics can be assembled with the assembly design. In this way, the assembly will ensure that all parts and components fit properly within the model. There are many tools to help facilitate this assemble.


The simulation features make it possible to validate the performance of the product before it is even built. This type of simulation before product is a very cost effective way to ensure that the mechanics will work before any money goes into the production. This type of simulation supports static models, finite elements, motion simulation and part assembly. The motion simulation software uses rigid bodies, constraints, motion joints and dynamic behavior to create simulations. Parametric studies can be used to investigate many different design options without actually having to check all of them manually.


Autodesk Inventory can integrate AutoCAD drawings into a single digital model. AutoCAD has been used for many years for design. This makes it easy to generate a virtual representation form a 2D design.