Inventor 2011 with Fusion propulsion released

March 30, 2010

Inventor 2011

Inventor 2011


It’s here! The new Inventor 2011 has been released exactly one year and one day after the version 2010. The version 2011 looks like one of the bigger upgrades in the Inventor history – it is packed with very interesting new features.

I will mention some of the new functions which I most like.

If you have a good graphics card, you can work in a fully rendered 3D scene – all with shadows, bumps and reflections (see the picture above). Most editing operations can be performed with direct manipulations and small in-place menus which were probably taken from Alias. This has the potential for a single most productivity increase function in Inventor 2011. These direct manipulations do not mean the direct editing which is part of the Inventor Fusion – now included in Inventor 2011 and integrated into its part editor workflow. You can make smooth surface models with the NURBS editing functions of Alias Design for Inventor. Simulations now include frame constructions and mold forms. Inventor uses a common rendering material library with AutoCAD and Revit. You can work with CATIA V5 and V4 files in Inventor 2011. iLogic is a product configurator with very flexible functions for making similar models just by changing a couple of parameters.

You can find more new functions in the version 2011 in the What’s new document by Autodesk.


3D electronic parts for Inventor

March 9, 2010

Transistor
If you design electronics or electromechanical assemblies, you might find usefull a library of free 3D electronic parts available for download at CADforum. Recently I have searched for a model of a TO39 package and found this rather large library of transistors, diodes, capacitors and IC packages. The models are clean and easy to modify.

See:
Electronic parts


Inventor Fusion in Inventor 2011

March 8, 2010

So it seems that the Fusion technology will be included in all versions of Inventor 2011. What I have heard (off the record), Inventor 2011 will be a pretty interesting version with lots of nice features. I can’t wait to test it – new versions come usually in March so it won’t take long hopefully.