CAD, CAM, & BIM
Dec 11 2020
This might sound like a simple question, but with so many different CAD software tools on the market, it’s worth answering. Autodesk Inventor is an engineering design software developed by Autodesk. Inventor is similar to AutoCAD, another Autodesk software, in that both create precise 2D and 3D models. However, this software has different terminology and workflows that make the transition tricky when first navigating Inventor if you’re used to using AutoCAD or SOLIDWORKS. Unlike other 3D systems you may have used in the past, Autodesk Inventor is a parametric, feature-based system that allows you to create 3D parts, assemblies, and 2D drawings. Parametric modeling is a bit different from modeling in AutoCAD, which is object driven. In a parametric modeler, everything is controlled by either parameters, dimensions, or relationships. For example, if you want to move the position of a hole in a block, you would change the dimension or relation that controls its position in a parametric system.
While both systems get the same job done, there is a reason why a lot of CAD users have switched over to parametric modeling for two main reasons.
With the rise of automation, CAD software has become increasingly popular. Many organizations rely on these systems for product design. Autodesk Inventor is specifically helpful for product design, tooling creation, mechanical design, and product simulation. This software enables users to construct accurate 3D models to aid in simulation and visualization before building products. Inventor is a 2D and 3D CAD application that comes in different file types like IAM, DW, IPN, IPT, and runs on both Windows and Mac systems.
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