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Include 3D mechanical in your modelling workflow

Inventor LT software introduces 3D mechanical CAD into your 2D workflows. Use Digital Prototyping workflows and compete more effectively. Get powerful part-level parametric modeling, multi CAD translation capabilities, automated DWG drawing views, and other CAD capabilities found in Inventor software to expand your 2D engineering process.

 

DESCRIPTION

 Move from 2D to 3D mechanical CAD

Autodesk Inventor LT software allows you to adopt 3D mechanical part design - at the pace that's right for you. When you design using 3D models of parts, you can increase your productivity, reduce the risk of errors, and improve communication with customers and partners. You'll be able to compete more effectively as you move towards Digital Prototyping. Autodesk Inventor LT is also sold as part of the AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite, which includes AutoCAD LT software. By turning to Inventor LT, you get many of the capabilities found in Autodesk Inventor software, including part-level 3D modelling, multi-CAD translation and automated DWG drawing views. Interoperability with AutoCAD LT lets you continue to work with real DWG data.

 

Key Features

Freeform tools NEW
Gain an alternate modelling approach use Freeform tools and direct manipulation to explore and create freeform-shaped models.

Use flexible freeform tools in combination with parametric tools, or used alone to create organic shapes where parametric tools are unavailable or difficult to use. For example:

  • Combine Freeform tools with parametric models and incorporate freeform modelling when the design dictates.
  • Start with an existing design created with parametric modelling tools, then add freeform into the design.
  • Use the Freeform Match Edge command to modify a freeform body to match to existing model or sketch geometry.
  • Perform concept modelling with the new Freeform tools to create rough shapes where size and shape are not yet established.

Direct edit NEW
Parametrically move, size, rotate, and delete imported solid models or native Inventor files.

Use Direct Edit to quickly and precisely change parametric/feature part geometry in models with complex histories. Change imported base solid data and explore redesign possibilities early in the process before committing to a final design.

Start-up and learning experience NEW
Improved tools support an easier, more intuitive learning experience in the Inventor Home environment.
Inventor Home functions as your personal dashboard and provides a single, central, in-product location for you to find learning and help content:

  • Tutorial Learning Path guides you through the most common workflows to provide a solid foundation.
  • New interactive tutorials cover the basics of Sketch, Parts, and Drawings.
  • Engaging challenge exercises promote in-depth learning.
  • Improved search places all the rich content at your fingertips, and Search Preview displays results for commands, Help articles, Support content, discussion groups, YouTube videos, and blog posts.

3D mechanical design
Design mechanical parts in 3D with powerful part-level parametric modeling.

Create simple and complex parts quickly. Visualize and verify your part designs in 3D to avoid costly errors before building expensive physical prototypes. Then generate photorealistic renderings of 3D part models to communicate design intent to customers and other reviewers. Reduce rework and cycle times to bring better products to market sooner.

DWG file format
Share 3D part designs and update production DWG drawings quickly and easily.

Reduce the hassle and inefficiency of working in today's multiCAD environments. Easily share 2D to 3D design data with customers and suppliers without relying on separate file translation software. Import, create, modify, and export 3D part models in common file formats to streamline communication with your extended supply chain. As projects progress, your downstream users need production-ready DWG drawings. With Inventor LT, you can generate production-ready drawings that automatically update whenever the 3D part model changes.

Import and export third-party 3D CAD data
Work with third-party 3D CAD data, including non-native assemblies from customers and suppliers.

Import and export 3D part models in common file formats without relying on separate file translation software. With Inventor LT, you can easily share 3D design data with customers and suppliers, improving communication with your extended supply chain.

Move to 3D mechanical CAD at your own pace (suite only)
Reuse AutoCAD LT 2D CAD data in Inventor LT to start designing in 3D. With smooth interoperability, you can choose the right software for any job.

Make the most of your AutoCAD software expertise and your investments in 2D design data. Realize the benefits of 3D design while continuing to rely on the 2D designs and expertise you've have built up over time. If you prefer, maintain your current 2D productivity by using AutoCAD LT. Inventor LT also offers DWG interoperability, so you can work easily with existing 2D designs within a 3D environment.

Inventor LT and AutoCAD LT together (suite only)
Inventor LT Suite delivers the 3D mechanical CAD tools of Inventor LT, and the 2D drafting of AutoCAD LT in a single, cost-effective suite.

Add the power of 3D to your 2D workflow and take advantage of Digital Prototyping workflows. Compete more effectively today while putting your organization on a scalable path to employ the full power of Inventor and Digital Prototyping.

 

Why move to Autodesk Inventor LT?

Design Parts Faster and Better in 3D
With powerful part-level parametric modelling, Autodesk Inventor LT delivers the capabilities you need to design mechanical parts in 3D. Use it to design even complex parts more quickly. Visualize and verify your part designs in 3D to avoid costly errors - before building expensive physical prototypes. Then generate photorealistic renderings of 3D part models to communicate design intent to customers and other reviewers. You'll reduce rework and cycle times, allowing you to bring better products to market sooner.

Share 3D Part Designs and DWG Drawings
With Inventor LT, you can reduce the hassle and inefficiency of working in today's multi-CAD environments. It allows you to easily share 2D and 3D design data with customers and suppliers - without relying on expensive file translation software. Import, create, modify, and export 3D part models in common file formats to streamline communication with your extended supply chain.
As projects progress, your downstream users need production-ready DWG drawings. With Autodesk Inventor LT, you can generate production-ready drawings that automatically update whenever the 3D part model changes. And since the AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite includes AutoCAD LT, you can use familiar 2D tools to make quick changes to DWG drawings.

Leverage Existing 2D Designs and Expertise
Realize the benefits of 3D design while continuing to rely on the 2D designs and expertise you have built up over time. Autodesk has more experience with the needs of AutoCAD users than any other company, and we built Inventor LT with those needs in mind. Maintain your current 2D productivity by using AutoCAD LT when you prefer. Inventor LT also offers the industry's most seamless DWG interoperability, so you can work easily with existing 2D designs within a 3D environment.

Open the Door to 3D - and Opportunity
In today's competitive global marketplace, 3D is not a luxury for manufacturers. It's a necessity. Yet your current needs may not warrant a full Digital Prototyping workflow. Inventor LT offers DWG interoperability, affordability and 3D capabilities. So you can use it to get your job done today and be ready for tomorrow - knowing that your Inventor LT designs will be fully compatible with the Autodesk Inventor family of software.
It's not just companies that need to compete. Individual designers and engineers do too. With 3D design becoming the standard, you need to keep your skills up to date. The 3D design skills you learn using Inventor LT are directly transferable to Autodesk Inventor, the top-selling 3D mechanical design software and the foundation of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping.

 

 

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