Inventor: Powerful mechanical design software for your most ambitious ideas

Work with a complete set of design and engineering tools.

Why use Inventor?

Improve product performance

Use powerful 3D modelling and simulation capabilities to design and optimise performance. 

Reduce repetitive tasks

Quickly create customisable configurations of your designs and automate common tasks. 

Boost collaboration

Connect your designs with incoming customer data and share ideas in a secure cloud-based service. 

What you can do with Inventor

Share feedback with built-in collaboration tools

  • Work with anyone, anywhere, no matter what CAD software they use.
  • Collect feedback from stakeholders wherever they are using cloud-based design review.
  • Follow the product development lifecycle with one data model.

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Satisfy demands for custom products and automate processes

  • Design efficiently using specialised 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.

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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.

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Extend the capabilities of Inventor with the collection 

The collection is a powerful set of applications that provides extended capabilities to Inventor and AutoCAD for engineers who design complex and custom products, equipment, and systems.

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Best practices for 2D and 3D design

Work in Inventor and AutoCAD to unlock capabilities that benefit the entire product development cycle.
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Explore a complete product development solution

See how the powerful integrated tools for Inventor bring your most ambitious designs to life.
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See what's new in Inventor

Discover the latest enhancements in Inventor and begin implementing them into your workflows. 


Inventor YouTube channel

Watch videos on the latest release, including productivity tips. 


Trial resource centre

Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned CAD user, check out these tutorials. 

Find out how you can do more with Inventor

Learn from the experts about the powerful integrated tools in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is Autodesk Inventor used for?

Inventor is used to quickly model, simulate and communicate design ideas.

How do I download Inventor?

Autodesk provides download and instal instructions for individuals and administrators. Your available downloads appear in Autodesk Account. Find your product, select a version, platform, language and download method. For more information, visit the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

Who uses Inventor?

Inventor is used by mechanical engineers who need automated and specialised tools to design and prepare for manufacturing.

Which versions of Inventor can I use if I subscribe to the current version? 

Your Inventor subscription gives you access to install and use the three previous versions. Available downloads are listed in your Autodesk Account after subscribing. See also previous releases available for subscribers.

Can I install Inventor on multiple computers?

With a subscription to Inventor software, you can install it on up to three computers or other devices. However, only the named user can sign in and use that software on a single computer at any given time. Please refer to the Software Licence Agreement (US Site) for more information. 

How do I convert my Inventor free trial to a paid subscription?

Launch your trial software and click Subscribe Now on the trial screen or buy Inventor here. When buying your subscription, enter the same email address and password combination you used to sign in to your trial. Learn more about converting a trial to a paid subscription.

How much does a subscription to Inventor cost?

The price of the Inventor subscription is annually or for three years.

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