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.
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 (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.
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
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.
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:
For details, see: Productivity and Performance Enhancements
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.
From the Open dialog box you are able to:
For details, see: Drawing Open Enhancements
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
See video demonstration of AnyCAD enhancements in Invntor 2018:
For more details, see AnyCAD and Translator Enhancements
New DWG Underlay features have improved the speed of working with DWG files in a range of ways.
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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:
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
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:
For details, see Measure Enhancements
Save time with the exciting new browser tools.
For details, see Browser Enhancements.
For details, see Assembly Open Enhancements
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.
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.
For details, see:
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The Parameter dialog box is enhanced to include a Consumed by column and By Features filter.
For details see, Productivity and Performance Enhancements
You can buy Autodesk Inventor as a stand alone product or as part of the Autodesk Product Design Collection. Both of these options along with Inventor LT Suite and Inventor LT are available at store.redstack.com.au
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