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Inventor is 3D mechanical solid modeling design software developed by Autodesk with the initial release in 1999. Over the past 22 years, many companies around the world have adopted is as their primary CAD tool for professional-grade mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation.

Over the past 5 years

Product Updates

Total Enhancements

Customer Ideas

2023

2023

 BOM settings options and controls* 
 Suppress a constraint* 
 Rename storyboards*  
 3DA Leader Text and General Note update* 
 Tolerance settings updates*  
 Multi-value parameter sort order*  
 Relationships command update*  
 Link sketch format from source component*  
 Sketch text or geometry to add Mark features*  
 Toggle the visibility of solids, work features, and sketches*  
 Sheet Metal extended browser information*  
 Drawing view and annotation updates*  
 Select broken projections*  
 Improved Free Orbit navigation*  
 Add external rules and global forms to the ribbon* 
 Interoperability enhancements 
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2023.1

 Suppress box added in the Place Joint dialog* 
 Bolted Connection tool 
Creating or editing 3D annotations*
 Tolerance directly editing* 
 Edit invalid parameter name*
 
Broken and Crop Views*
 
Draft Views*
 
Dimensions placed on drawing views*
 
Remove legacy part list options*
 
Attach balloon command*
 
Switch between 2D constraints*
 
 

Windows arrangement tools*

 
Maximize Button for iLogic*
 
iLogic True/False Parameter*
 
iLogic deleting confirmation box*
 
Change an invalid browser node name*
 
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* Customer Ideas
2022

2022

 Model States create multiple representations of a part or assembly 
 You can select a model state when creating a drawing view* 
Constraint status now displays by default*
 Simplify command for Shrinkwrap commands 
 Instance Properties assigned to individual component
 
 Substitutes update icon
 
 ISOGEN Output command
 
 Fillet, Face Fillet, Full Round Fillet commands
 
 Extrude property panel
 
 Shaded drawing views
 
 Extract Camera View and 3D Annotations
 
 Centerlines and center marks dimension value*
 
 New Revit and Fusion 360 interoperability
 
 Measure command update
 
 Property panel navigation refinements
 
 iLogic support enhancements
 
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2022.1

 Replace Base Component* 
 Highlight components with visibility turned off* 
Open presentations from within an assembly model
 Substitute Model States 
 "Select All” Invisible and Surpressed Components" command
 
Delete multiple cells in BOM*
 
Specify columns and formatting of Assembly BOM to export
 
Migration of Legacy Substitute Parts
 
Rename a Newly Created Design View Representation
 
 

Distance-Distance chamfers, Full or Partial, you can select multiple non-tangential edges* 

Select Sheet Metal Cut profiles*
 
Insert Sketch Symbol options
 
Sheets: Browsing and deleting options*
 
Apply distance and 3-point angular dimensions in Part, Assembly, and Drawing sketches*
 
Edit and share sketch from sketch dimension*
 
Copy & paste a rule in iLogic*
 
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2022.2

 BOM: Select multiple cells in a column and change the text* 
 Pan and Zoom while in the Rotate At Angle command 
Select surface and non-visible bodies during Make Components operation*
 Sketch command starts automatically 
 Punch tool preview improvements
 
Rename the body name on feature creation
 
Reorder Sketch Blocks within the Browser*
 
Add center marks to arcs and circles, including holes*
 
Editing of dimensions*
 
 

Select multiple iLogic rules and entities 

Rule Editor to retain the last line or section
 
Rename an internal rule
 
Undo, Redo options in the iLogic Form Editor*
 
Add a line number to the iLogic rule editor panel*
 
Fusion 360 Canvas Data
 
Upchain Plugin
 
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2022.3

 Reference a newer version of an Inventor part or assembly file 
AnyCAD support of new versions
 
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* Customer Ideas
2021

2021

 Frame generator productivity enhancements 
Trim/Extend command* 
Frame Analysis Settings
File Naming for Tube and Pipe designs 
Tube & Pipe Route and Derived Route commands
 
Bolted Connection dialog box
 
Mirror and Copy commands
 
Remove Override context menu option*
 
Window select multiple solids in a part file*
 
Display extended information after feature node name*
 
Set flange angle by reference*
 
Horizontal Constraint command*
 
Drawing/Sheet Format Templates
 
Dimension workflows
 
Shaded drawing views*
 
Revit File Import
 
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2021.1

Frame Generator orientation values 
3D PDF Export* 
Open multiple components and sub-assemblies in new sessions*
Tube & Pipe route and display settings 
Edit Property Fields dialog box
 
Section View creation
 
Delete View dialog box*
 
Replace Model Reference dialog box*
 
Fractional dimension editing*
 
Thread note text editor
 
iProperties command for multi selection
 
Revit interoperability
 
Ribbon commands and Property Panel features
 
Export Parameters Panel*
 
Derive and Additional Persist Settings*
 
Model edge color control*
 
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2021.2

Design view representations 
Tube & Pipe file naming defaults 
Split sketch command
Copy Object command 
3D annotation
 
End Fill dialog box*
 
Dimension edit*
 
Thumbnails and sheet formats
 
Copy a drawing sheet
 
Taper in-canvas control
 
Document tabs
 
Inventor translators
 
Rotate at Angle
 
User Parameter tooltip*
 
Open file location of a part, assembly, or drawing*
 
iLogic User Interface
 
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2021.3

Reference a newer version of an Inventor part or assembly file 
AnyCAD support of new versions
 
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* Customer Ideas
2020

2020

 Insert End Cap command* 
End Cap entry added to Frame Generator* 
Notch command
In-canvas orientation tools 
Skeletal modeling in Express Mode
 
Ellipse command access
 
Create Derived Substitutes dialog box editing
 
Tube & Pipe creates folders*
 
Shaft Component Generator dialog box
 
Joint creation*
 
Sheet metal Mirror component command*
 
Create thread features in assemblies*
 
Extrude, Revolve, Sweep commands
 
Unwrap command*
 
Solid Sweep*
 
Support for multiple face selection*
 
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2020.1

Frame Generator Insert and Change commands 
Design Accelerator 
Unresolved/Resolve File context menu option*
Positional Representations* 
Create Virtual Component
 
Display extended information in browser*
 
Derived Part and Derived Assembly dialog boxes*
 
Hole Command
 
Horizontal Constraint command*
 
Referencing dimensions
 
Access iProperties of a component from the drawing browser
 
Visual cue for copy
 
Spell check support extended
 
iProperties Dialog Box/Custom tab*
 
Multi-select/deselect entries for deletion*
 
Tolerance Analysis
 
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2020.2

Frame Member Selection categories 
Place at Component Origin command 
Delete inserted fittings from a derived route
Preview Added to Direct Edit Mini-Toolbar
Return to Feature command
Hole command
Boolean Output Choice
Predict Boolean Operation
Paste DWG geometry into a drawing
 
Copy/paste tables into same drawing sheet*
 
DWG file export enhanced
 
Improved error handling messages*
 
Circular Measurement
 
Translator updated
 
Tolerance Analysis command
 
Change Annotation and Next Candidate Plane
 
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2020.3

Reference a newer version of an Inventor part or assembly file 
AnyCAD support of new versions
 
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* Customer Ideas
2019

2019

Collaborate with Shared Views 
Constraining 2 Axes solutions* 
Lock Rotation with Insert Constraint*
Directed and Undirected Angle constraint* 
Lock Hose Length*
 
Frame Generator CUTDETAIL*
 
Tolerance Advisor
 
3D Annotation Hole/Thread Note command
 
Symmetric face with Face command*
 
Laser Weld corner relief shape
 
Thicken Command*
 
Inverted Fillet option*
 
Locking spline length
 
Variable Pitch Helix
 
Drawing Sketch Autoproject
 
iLogic assembly functions
 
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2019.1

Insert command frame selection 
Shaded preview 
Skeleton sketch visibility
Multi-Select change members
Preview before committing the change
Copy information from existing frame members*
Content Center updates
iLogic logging and rule tracing
3D annotations in Shared Views
Translator updates
 
Ribbon based commands
 
Property Panel improvements
 
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2019.2

Quick Search pane 
Tube and Pipe authoring* 
Frame Generator improvements*
Place Constraint dialog box now persist across sessions
Model Browser Access
Spell Check*
Section Solid Texture*
iLogic Rule Editor
Weld Symbol, End Fill, and Surface Texture preset commands
Overlay view
 
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2019.3

Improved stability 
Improved security 
Improved performance
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2019.4

Reference a newer version of an Inventor part or assembly file 
AnyCAD support of new versions
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* Customer Ideas
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