System requirements for Inventor 2013

March 18, 2012

With an impending release of Autodesk Inventor 2013, here are the system requirements for this new version. From what I can see, they are quite similar to the previous version 2012 so there are no surprises this time:

  • Windows 7 (SP1) (32-bit or 64-bit) Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise edition (recommended; Win7-64 recommended for large assemblies), Windows XP Professional (SP3), or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (SP2); no Vista!
  • Intel Pentium 4, 2 GHz or faster; Intel Xeon, Intel Core, AMD Athlon 64, or AMD Opteron or later processor
  • 2 GB RAM (min. 1 GB for Inventor LT; 8 GB for complex models – more than 1.000 parts)
  • Microsoft Direct3D 10 (recommended) or Direct3D 9 capable graphics card
  • 1,280 x 1,024 or higher screen resolution
  • Internet connection for web downloads and Subscription Aware access
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10
  • Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • Internet Explorer 6.x through 9
  • Excel 2003 through 2010 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, thread customization, and spreadsheet-driven designs
  • Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0

No more free Inventor LT

March 12, 2009

The Inventor LT program (a limited version of Autodesk Inventor) come to its end as a free technology preview software. See the Autodesk Labs blog post.

The “graduated” commercial version of Inventor LT 2010 will be available only to customers in USA+Canada (plus Australia). There will be two options: AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite 2010 (notice the name; bundled with AutoCAD LT) and Autodesk Inventor LT 2010 (standalone). There should be special purchase options for those who have participated in the Technology Preview phase. Unfortunately only for those in North America and the Aussies.


Inventor LT 2009 – free for all?

March 19, 2008

The “light” version of Autodesk Inventor – Inventor LT – will be still free in the new version 2009. The main limit is still the lack of assembly functions but almost all other Inventor features are there, including the conversion of many 3D file formats.

I only hope that this time the Inventor LT 2009 will be available even for us in Italy.


Inventor LT – a free Inventor version

May 1, 2007

It looks like we have spent unnecessarily much money for our Inventor licenses – Autodesk now gives Inventor for free. Well, not full Inventor but an almost full one.

The labs.autodesk.com server now offers “Inventor LT” preview for free download. Autodesk Inventor LT seems to be based on Inventor 2008. But some important functions of Inventor 2008 are not present in the LT version – 3D modelling, sheetmetal, standard parts library and Vault. Also you won’t be able to install add-on applications. But still you can create and edit 3D models, convert file formats, make 3D renderings, create and process genuine DWG format drawings.

There are some other free 3D CAD applications but they are far from being based on an established technology and standard file formats – so this free Inventor is a very generous offering by Autodesk (for limited time).

The only drawback for me is that Inventor LT seems to be available only in a predefined list of countries (Italy not included).