See what's new in Autodesk Inventor 2018

Autodesk Inventor 2018 is now available. It has been enhanced to suite the continually evolving requirements of today's design and engineering professional.

Building on its breadth of 3D modeling capabilities and already powerful design automation tools, Autodesk Inventor 2018 marks the next step forward in professional 3D mechanical engineering design solutions. Interoperability enhancements enable distributed, multi disciplinary teams to collaborate more efficiently with data from a wide variety of sources. The overall experience for the user is enhanced for more productivity and flexibility in response to direct feedback from Autodesk Inventor users worldwide.

The latest enhancements let you design, engineer and collaborate more efficiently and effectively than ever before.

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Professional Grade Design

Engineers constantly need to drive innovation, product improvements and deliver with increasing efficiency.  To stay ahead of your competition, you need faster, more powerful tools that help you realise improved performance and productivity. Inventor 2018 delivers these benefits.

Improvements have been made in several core Inventor functionalities that are used daily by engineers and designers. Projecting geometry in sketching, multi body sheet metal parts and part modeling workflows have all been improved. Inventor 2018 delivers key improvements to large assembly and drawing workflows. Integrated Model Based Definition has been added, allowing you to add Geometric Dimensioning, Tolerancing and 3D Annotations to your models to streamline documentation and enable downstream use of your 3D designs for manufacturing and quality control processes.

Model Based Definition

Model Based Definition (MBD), is a powerful new set of tools for adding annotations, GD&T, plus other manufacturing information directly to a 3D part. The integrated Tolerance Advisor checks the health of your tolerance scheme and highlights any potential problems, errors, and other information in the Tolerance Advisor browser. Once your 3D model has MBD and 3D Annotations applied you can recover in your 2D drawing, export in a 3D PDF or STEP AP242.

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Tip: Go to the Get Started tab > Tutorial Gallery and download the GD&T guided tutorial to get familiar with the range of new commands.

For details, see: Model-Based Definition

Sheet Metal

Multibody sheet metal parts now support unique rules and thickness for each body. Multibody rules can be applied to bodies in the browser, or while creating new bodies within the Face, Contour Flange, Contour Roll, and Lofted Flange dialog.

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Tip: The Sheet Metal 3 v2 guided tutorial includes the new unique thickness workflow.

For details, see: Sheet Metal Updates


All documents benefit to some degree, but the most noticeable improvements are seen when working with large assemblies and large assembly drawings. Some of the key performance improvements are:

  • Hidden line removed view display
  • View navigation - pan, zoom, and orbit
  • Drawing view creation, preview, and edit

For details, see: Productivity and Performance Enhancements

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Drawing Improvements

After selecting your assembly document to place in a drawing, if the preview can display in under 3 seconds it will do so. If it takes longer a Preview progress dialog box displays. The dialog box is the only element you can interact with during its display.

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From the Open dialog box you are able to:

  • Defer drawings
  • Turn off model preview
  • Recover mesh bodies, surface bodies, and all model dimensions

For details, see: Drawing Open Enhancements

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Expanded Interoperability

Inventor 2018 delivers new and improved capabilities for mechanical engineers who work with a variety of design data. You can continue using imported mesh data in your designs while also leveraging STL or OBJ files in your Inventor 2D drawings. Surface data can be combined with your other 3D data in the Presentation environment for animations, exploded views, and documentation. In addition to external data, Inventor 2018 helps you work with other Autodesk file formats. BIM Content workflows allow for direct publishing of Revit (.rfa) files. DWG Underlay has been improved to streamline workflows when integrating your 2D data inside of 3D designs. AnyCAD has been enhanced to allow Autodesk Inventor 2018 to be backwards compatible with Autodesk Inventor 2017.


Support for displaying and documenting mesh objects has been added to drawing views. Mesh objects now participate in all view types and can be dimensioned and annotated.

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For details, see Drawing support for Mesh Objects

Shrinkwrap and Shrinkwrap Substitutes

Shrinkwrap tools have been enhanced for more control, improved user interface, and an improved workflow. You can leverage View and LOD representations to quickly define lightweight models.

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BIM Content

BIM Content has been enhanced for simplification, authoring, and publish workflows. Autodesk Inventor 2018 lets you publish directly to IFC and Revit (.rfa) file formats.

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For details, see Shrinkwrap and BIM Content Enhancements

AnyCAD (not available in Autodesk Inventor LT)

With Autodesk Inventor 2018, AnyCAD now allows you to leverage Autodesk Inventor 2018 files in your Autodesk Inventor 2017 designs. This means you can now collaborate with others who are on different versions of Autodesk Inventor. To help you identify the version of an Inventor file, the Open dialog now displays Inventor version a file was last saved in.

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Starting with Inventor 2017, you can reference future versions of Inventor part and assembly files in an earlier version of Inventor. For example, you can now reference an Inventor 2018 part file in Inventor 2017 as shown below:

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Inventor 2018 continues to enhance your core AnyCAD workflows by more robust support of new features you add to non-native Inventor files. After the source file is updated, your Inventor based features will be preserved.

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See video demonstration of AnyCAD enhancements in Invntor 2018:

For more details, see AnyCAD and Translator Enhancements

DWG Underlay

New DWG Underlay features have improved the speed of working with DWG files in a range of ways.

  • Import DWG files directly into an assembly using the Place Components command.
  • Select multiple DWG Files when creating multiple underlays.
  • Open an AutoCAD DWG file directly from the right click context menu in your part or assembly model browser node.
  • Automatically project certain types of DWG geometry when you enable the new Application Options > Sketch > Autoproject edges during curve creation option.
  • If the selected DWG Underlay geometry is within the XY, YZ, or XZ plane, the resulting joint is created on the same plane as the sketch in the same way a joint is created between 2D Inventor geometry.
  • Create a joint on the same plane as the sketch in the same way a joint is created between 2D Inventor geometry: If the selected DWG Underlay geometry is within the XY, YZ, or XZ plane, the resulting joint is created on the same plane as the sketch.
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For details, see DWG Underlay Enhancements


The Presentation environment in Inventor 2018 now allows for support of surface data. Your surface files can be included in:

  • Window selection
  • Component tweaks
  • Use surfaces to orient the tweak triad

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Added in 2017R2: Multiple edit actions have been added to the timeline to allow for Group, All Before, All After selections. You can also create a new Presentation file directly from the browser of an open assembly.

For details, see: Presentation Enhancements

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Inventor 2018 continues to focus on addressing customers' Inventor Ideas requests, feedback and giving you a delightful experience inside of Inventor. Customer driven enhancements have been introduced throughout Inventor 2018 to improve core workflows and model interaction. Commands like Chamfer, Assembly Interference Analysis, Extrude and Hole have added options based on direct feedback from Inventor users. In addition, both the Browser and Measure have been improved to deliver a more feature rich experience for Autodesk Inventor users.

The following enhancements were all implemented directly from feedback submitted on Inventor Ideas.

New and Improved Measure Workflows and Graphics

The Inventor measure tools and workflows have been greatly simplified and improved to enhance productivity. You can now:

  • Use a single measure command.
  • Perform all measure workflows from the new measure tool panel.
  • Display rich information for each selection with a single click.
  • Easily measure angles and identify measure selections in the graphics window.
  • Easily identify measure selections in the graphics window.
  • Additional productivity enhancements.

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For details, see Measure Enhancements

Browser Tools

Save time with the exciting new browser tools.

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  • Find things quickly and easily in the current active document with the new browser search.
  • In an assembly file, use the filter tools  to narrow your search (not available in Inventor LT).
  • Move and dock each tab to your preferred way of working. The following image is an example of side-by-side docking.

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For details, see Browser Enhancements.

Assembly Open

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  • Quickly open both Express or Full from the dialog box drop down list.
  • Find command has been moved to the lower section of the dialog box.

For details, see Assembly Open Enhancements

Part Creation

Extrude: Use the new Distance from Face option in the Extrude dialog box to start an extrusion from a face or workplane with a distance. Because Distance from Face creates one central entry point for modifying the geometry, no additional steps to make sketches or workplanes are needed.

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Chamfer: You can now create a chamfer that does not require an entire edge. A new tab, Partial, is added to the Chamfer dialog box to support the creation of partial chamfers.

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  • You can now create a symmetric hole type that extrudes in two directions. The Flip Termination button has been replaced with Direction 1 and Direction 2 buttons. The Symmetric distance is only available for the Drilled - Simple Hole - Through All hole type.
  • You can now specify zero (0) as a value for bore depth on Spotface holes. This now allows you to place a spotface hole on the termination face of a body.
  • With the new option, Extend Start, on the Hole dialog box, you can extend the start face of a hole to the first place where there is no intersection with the target body. The purpose of Extend Start is to remove a fragment resulting from the creation of the hole.
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  • Export to PDF:Autodesk Inventor 2018
    • The From and To values specified for Sheets in range are no longer session based.
    • There is a new option: Display Published File in Viewer. This will display the sheets in Adobe Acrobat Reader after clicking Save.
  • Text Border Option: Add a text border around text and leader text.
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The Parameter dialog box is enhanced to include a Consumed by column and By Features filter.

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For details see, Productivity and Performance Enhancements

  • Consumed By column
  • By Features filter

More Information

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