Powering Forward with Autodesk Inventor 2017 Release

This time of year means only one thing; the latest releases of Autodesk software.  Last week saw the release of AutoCAD 2017, and this week manufacturing got a look in, with the new release of Inventor 2017 on 28th March.

“The manufacturing industry is witnessing an evolution of the role of the mechanical engineer. They are no longer solely responsible for the design of complex mechanical systems, but are often also tasked with complete product definition, design and delivery,” said Derrek Cooper, director of the Inventor product line. “With this latest version of Inventor, Autodesk is delivering new capabilities aimed at supporting all aspects of this expanding role.”

Here are a few of the new features and benefits of the latest version.

What’s new with Inventor 2017?

Professional-grade Design Tools will help users design faster and optimise performance from the start.  These include improved sketching, part modelling, assembly management, surfacing and sheet metal capabilities so users can capture and develop design ideas much faster and more easily.

There are also additional Shape Generator capabilities, for example symmetry and member size controls that help users explore lightweight designs and improve product performance.


New Interoperability Tools help to pull disparate aspects of a project together, regardless of the discipline or software that was used originally.  This includes greater AnyCAD tools that enable users to integrate non-native mechanical design data into Inventor models without translation, now including associative connections with the industry standard STEP format.

There are additional enhancements that enable data and process management. These range from improved mesh handling to new connections with Vault for customers using Inventor for factory design.Inventor2017 2

New, enhanced Communication Tools will help clients share data with anyone on a project team, regardless of their role, location or software package.  Design Shares on A360 accelerate feedback and approvals on designs in progress. They allow users to lift the 3D graphics off the screen and immediately deliver them to anyone, anywhere in the world and on any device.  This means that collaborators can easily collect design feedback in a single secure location.

There are also enhanced animation capabilities to show assembly sequences and 3D PDF publishing to document designs.Inventor2017 3

For a view of the new features and functionalities of Autodesk watch the below video from Autodesk.  If you’re in the North West you can also attend our free seminar on Wednesday 13th April at The Oldham Event Centre, Oldham.  Click here to register.

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