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.


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.

Inventor Fusion – free download

June 26, 2009

The long awaited moment has arrived – Autodesk Inventor Fusion – is now available for download on the Autodesk Labs web (the original address is now redirected).

This technology preview version of Inventor Fusion is free and it is time-bombed to January 2010. It seems that it is not available for everyone – the download is limited to the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States (yes, Italy is there this time).

I am delighted that my blog posting Inventor Fusion – almost nuclear is listed as press coverage on the Fusion homepage. But back to the software.

The download is surprisingly small (178MB!, compare it to the 7GB of Inventor setup) and the installer runs smoothly. I have installed it on my Inventor machine but I think that Fusion does not require Inventor to be installed. In any case, Fusion is not an addon for Inventor, it is a separate piece of software which does not alter your existing Inventor installation (if any). I have tried the direct manipulation tools on some models and it seems to work right. The application interface is quite different, a little bit cryptic at the first glance, and you must change some of your habits to use it properly (e.g. mouse right press instead of click) but I agree that it allows to move forward very quickly. The transparent browser tree makes more space for your design on screen.

Full integration (“fusion”) of the parametric and direct modeling is still not there in this first version but the development is clearly going this way. A truly bi-directional fusion of these two methods will help a lot. I will be curious to test the combination of these methods on some larger and more complicated models. With the feature-free (history-free) editing methods working on any dumb solid, it also makes more sense now why Autodesk added all the import file formats to Inventor.

Inventor Fusion (developed for two years under the codename Freeway) is a very promising 3D CAD software which has good chances to change the way we use Inventor today. And I really hope Inventor Fusion functionality will eventually fuse into standard Inventor.

Inventor Fusion — more information

February 5, 2009

There is a new and amazing information announced publicly to the Inventor Fusion project.

The official Inventor Fusion web site now lists the functionality of the upcoming Inventor Fusion application. The important feature of this tool is the integration (fusion) of the direct history-less modelling with the classic feature- and history-based parametric modelling. So you should able to start a parametric model, perform some quick changes using the quick and intuitive direct modelling, and put the resulting model back to the parametric state.

This sounds very promising, especially with all the 3D CAD formats supported in Inventor. Autodesk Inventor and the Inventor Fusion technology preview should eventually merge into a single product.

There are also several videos presenting the Inventor Fusion functionality. Worth watching.

Autodesk Inventor Fusion – almost nuclear

December 4, 2008

Inventor Fusion

One of the new technologies just introduced on the annual Autodesk University 2008 is the Autodesk Inventor Fusion Technology Preview. The more complicated name, the less complicated user interface used in the Inventor Fusion. The new user interface used for object selection and direct modeling seems to be really minimal and could speed up working in Inventor. It will also use photorealistic visualization in the editing mode. It is about time for such functions in high-end CAD software as every 3D computer game can already do so.

Lear more about Autodesk Fusion at