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.


CATIA models read directly in Inventor

November 18, 2008

Using the new CATIA 5 Translator module from Autodesk Labs you can directly read CATIA V5 models into Inventor 2009.

There are several general-use translators available on the market. But all these translators are very expensive to buy, or quite inconvenient to use as a web service. And in all these translators, the CATIA translator is the most expensive – probably for licensing reasons.

Autodesk has probably found a way around the licensing limitations. The CATIA V5 Translator is available for free for all Inventor and Inventor LT users. You can install and use the CATIA translator to open .CADPart and .CADProduct files in Inventor 2009 – either in the 32-bit or in the 64-bit version.