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You asked and we delivered. Users just like you voted more than 20,000 times on Idea Station for improvements in Autodesk® Inventor® 2017 — so we keep on making it better. In the latest release, you'll find additional enhancements to core mechanical design tools, improved interoperability, and better communication workflows. All so you can get the most value out of your software — and get your job done faster.
Last year, we introduced a whole new way to design efficient, lightweight parts generated from the basic constraints you specified. We called it Shape Generator, and this year it’s better than ever, with more control over how the model is created — including mass targets, minimum thickness, and symmetry. In addition, we’re adding more interactive controls to size and position regions preserved from the optimization.
This year we’re adding Reference Model support for even more file types, including the neutral, industry standard STEP format. And you’ll find significant improvements to the Reference Model update behavior for CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, NX, and Pro-E/Creo files. We’re even adding support for importing mesh data so you can treat it just like any other 3D CAD data.
Make your products easier for architects and construction professionals to spec with BIM Content On Demand. You’ll have everything you need to define your product’s configuration options — no manual design changes necessary. Then deliver models with the appropriate level of detail to your customers, which they can configure based on your predefined options. It’s an incredibly powerful way to put your products into the hands of your customers.
The tools you use in Inventor are getting better in so many ways. You’ll find a new tool to help you better understand the relationships between all the features in your design, easier access to cross-part references, sketch-driven patterning to help you quickly create uniquely repeated geometry, and much more. We’re also improving 3D sketch commands to be faster and easier to use, giving you greater control. And enhancements to tube and pipe make it faster than ever to create flexible hose routes in your designs.
The latest version of Inventor makes it easier than ever to share your designs with others, keep your entire team on the same page, and get feedback. And creating technical documentation is easier too, with an updated Presentation environment for creating animations, exploded views, and snapshots, with a brand-new, timeline-based story panel to manage it all. Then export your models into a PDF with new 3D PDF support for anyone to view — anywhere, on any device.
If you have Inventor through Product Design Suite or the Product Design Collection, Fusion 360 is available to you free, so you can explore the next generation of product design and manufacturing. Working with Fusion 360 will help you move beyond the traditional categories of CAD, CAM, Simulation, and Data Management to a single collaborative platform that does it all. Best of all, as a subscriber, you already have it.
As an Autodesk subscriber, you’ll always have access to the latest capabilities — often before anyone else. In addition, you’ll get: