What is Inventor?

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. 

  • Trusted DWG™ compatibility and powerful Model-Based Definition capabilities for embedding manufacturing information directly in the 3D 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.
  • Automate the simplification of your designs for required LOD.
  • Include necessary metadata for BIM-authoring tools.
  • Export your designs to a BIM-ready Revit format.

Key features of Inventor

Image of an industrial machine design in Inventor

Parametric modeling

Focus on design as you create and edit your 3D models with an intuitive user interface. 

Assembly modeling

See how your design will fit and perform at the assembly level. 

Drawing creation

Quickly create clear, accurate, detailed drawings for manufacturing. 

Shared view collaboration

Collaborate with key stakeholders on your designs from any device. 

Work with non-native data

Directly open designs created from other CAD systems with no translation necessary. 

BIM interoperability

Read and author Revit data as you participate in BIM projects. 

Design configurations

Speed your 3D modeling process by rapidly creating new configurations of your designs. 

Automated frame design

Quickly create and simulate 3D models of your weld frame designs. 

Sheet metal

Design and prepare complex sheet metal products for manufacturing. 

Model-based definition

Include manufacturing information in your 3D model for downstream applications.

Content center

Choose your standard components from a comprehensive customizable library. 

Shape Generator

Create and evaluate high-performing design options in minutes. 

What’s new in Inventor 2022

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

New features of Inventor 2022


Model states – parts 

Manage manufacturing operations, dimensional variations, and simplified representations all on one part file. (video: 2:15 min.) 

Video: Model states enables multiple variations of parts and assemblies in one document

Model states – assemblies 

Create multiple representations of an assembly in a single document to manage configurations and model simplification. (video: 2:15 min.) 

Video: Model states enables multiple variations of parts and assemblies in one document

Revit interoperability 

Collaborate on BIM projects with improved tools to simplify and save Revit project files in Inventor. (video: 2:46 min.) 

Video: Inventor has tools to simplify complex assembly designs before exporting them as Revit projects.

Drawing enhancements 

Use the camera views, manufacturing information, and lighting style from your 3D model in your 2D drawing views. (video: 1:25 min.) 

Video: Repurpose items from your 3D model in 2D drawing views for view orientation, annotations, and lighting styles

Productivity and performance 

See better performance when editing large assemblies and improved productivity in features you use often. (video: 4:06 min.) 

Video: Learn about performance improvements in Inventor 2022

Installation and deployment 

Get everyone on your team onto the latest release with a new installation and deployment experience. (video: 2:25 min.) 

Video: Learn about the new installation and deployment options in Inventor 2022