Autodesk Inventor 2017.3 New Features

Autodesk have released Inventor 2017.3 (Also known as R3 or Release 3) and it comes with some great new features.  You might be thinking it should be called Autodesk Inventor 2017 Release 3, or R3, but we have now moed to a new naming convention and the latest update takes us to Autodesk Inventor 2017.3

Video Overview of new features:

Autodesk Inventor 2017.3 Guided Tutorials

You can now create and share customised tutorials with anyone, see the video below:

How do I get Autodesk Inventor 2017.3?

If you have a current Autodesk Inventor subscription, you automatically have access to Inventor 2017.3  If you're using the Autodesk Desktop App you will find Inventor 2017.3 under 'My Updates'.  Alternatively, login to your Autodesk Account and you will find it under your Products and Services.  Go to Downloads > Updates & Add-ons then search for "Inventor 2017.3"

If you don't already have Autodesk Inventor you can buy it now as Autodesk Inventor 2017 only, or as part of the Autodesk Product Design Collection.

New Features in Detail:

General Features

3D PDF Export Update

  • Export is significantly faster and Design View representation color overrides can be selected

Create And Share Tutorials

  • Create and share tutorials privately or publicly

BIM Content 

  • New workflow to prepare Inventor models for BIM Content using Configurator 360
  • OmniClass 2006 Support for Inventor models that will be used in Revit
  • Use OmniClass 2012 instead of OmniClass 2006 in Categories.xml when mapping to Revit categories

Measure dialog box

New Dual Unit Foot-Architectural for those that like to work in imperial.

Autodesk Inventor 2017.3

  • Available for Distance, Loop or Area
  • Fractions smaller than 1/128 are not supported 
  • Repeat Measure by right-clicking in the graphics window

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Crossing-window selection 

  • Select Multiple closed profiles with a Crossing Window
  • Available in Revolve, Sweep, Coil, Chamfer and Fillet

Translator Update

  • Catia R6-V5-R2016 is now supported


Application Options

New check boxes have been added under "Application Options" for Part and Assembly environment

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You can now automatically project geometry when adding dimensions or constraints to a sketch

A workplane or face perpendicular to the sketch is automatically projected (without having to use Project Geometry) onto the sketch plane if you dimension or constrain to it with these commands:

  • Dimension
    • for length or angle (point/line to plane)
  • Constraint
    • Coincident (point to plane)
    • Parallel (line to plane)
    • Perpendicular (line to plane)

Select Tangencies available with Project Geometry 

This feature is now available in a Sketch where previously it was only available in Parts or Assembiles.  To access this feature:

  • Left mouse button or Double-click on a face or edge 
  • Right-click on a face or edge and 'Select Tangencies' from the menu

 Autodesk Inventor 2017.3

Convert Sketch Text to Geometry

Right click on your drawing, part or assembly sketch text to convert it to lines and arcs.  Choose the Shx font and Big font (optional).

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Autodesk Inventor 2017.3

New 2D and 3D sketch Mini-toolbar icons

Edit 3D Sketch Autodesk Inventor 2017.3  icon when selecting a 3D Sketch object

New icons added to 2D and 3D Sketch mini-toolbar when you select a feature based on a 2D or 3D sketch

  •  Autodesk Inventor 2017.3 Share 
  •  Autodesk Inventor 2017.3 Unshare  
  •  Autodesk Inventor 2017.3 Make Visible
  •  Autodesk Inventor 2017.3 Make Invisible


New Assembly Features

Interference Analysis

The new "Treat subassemblies as components" option allows you to ignore any interference within the subassembly

Autodesk Inventor 2017.3

  • Interference Detected dialog box enhancements:
  • Interference Type filter:
    • General
    • Threads
    • Fasteners(non-threaded)from Content Center
    • Reference components→only available if there are AnyCAD components 
  • Right-click on an interference item:
    • Ignore or Ignore all volumes smaller than
    • Un-ignore or Un-ignore all
  • Thread interference Tooltip shows interference type(nominal diameter, pitch, left/hand mismatch and thread length)
  • Interference Type column is included in the copy to clipboard

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There is now a new 'Use color override from source component' to use the component's color in the derived part.

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  • The option can be set up in Tools--> Application Options-->Part tab

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