Autodesk Inventor: Mechanical design software for ambitious ideas

Use powerful design and engineering tools.

Why use Inventor?

Improve product performance

Use powerful 3D modeling and simulation capabilities to design and optimize performance. 

Reduce repetitive tasks

Quickly create customizable configurations of your designs and automate common tasks. 

Boost collaboration

Connect your designs with incoming customer data and share ideas in a secure cloud-based service. 

What you can do with Autodesk Inventor

Share designs with key stakeholders (video: 2:13 min.)

Share feedback with built-in collaboration tools

  • Work with anyone, anywhere no matter what CAD software they use.
  • Collect feedback from stakeholders wherever they are using cloud-based design review.
  • Follow the product development lifecycle with one data model.

Automate model creation with iLogic (video: 1:50 min.)

Satisfy demands for custom products and automate processes

  • Design efficiently using specialized industry toolsets.
  • Enable design automation powered by iLogic.
  • Access Inventor API to create add-ins.
  • Access Forge Design Automation API for running job processes in the cloud.

Learn manufacturing for BIM projects (video: 1:39 min.)

BIM interoperability

  • Increase your sales opportunities while participating in BIM projects.
  • Use data exchanges for a highly collaborative workflow when creating custom fabrications around Revit data.
  • Include necessary authoring metadata and export your designs to a BIM-ready Revit format.

Extend the capabilities of Inventor with the collection 

The collection is a powerful set of applications that provides extended capabilities to Inventor and AutoCAD for engineers who design complex and custom products, equipment, and systems.

Learn how you can do more with Inventor

Best practices for 2D and 3D design

Work in Inventor and AutoCAD to unlock capabilities that benefit the entire product development cycle. (Watch video 1:50 min.)

Explore a complete product development solution

See how the powerful integrated tools for Inventor bring your most ambitious designs to life. (Watch video 2:34 min.)

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See what’s new in Inventor

Discover the latest enhancements in Inventor and begin implementing them into your workflows. 


Inventor YouTube channel

Watch videos on the latest release, including productivity tips. 


Trial resource center

Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned CAD user, check out these tutorials. 

Find out how you can do more with Inventor

Learn from the experts about the powerful integrated tools in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is Autodesk Inventor used for?

Inventor is used to quickly model, simulate, and communicate design ideas.

How do I download Inventor?

Autodesk provides download and install instructions for individuals and administrators. Your available downloads appear in Autodesk Account. Find your product, select a version, platform, language, and download method. For more information, visit the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

Who uses Inventor?

Inventor is used by mechanical engineers who need automated and specialized tools to design and prepare for manufacturing.

Which operating system does Autodesk Inventor run on?

Inventor runs on Microsoft® Windows®. See system requirements for details.

Which versions of Inventor can I use if I subscribe to the current version? 

Your Inventor subscription gives you access to install and use the 3 previous versions. Available downloads are listed in your Autodesk Account after subscribing. See also previous releases available for subscribers.

Can I install Inventor on multiple computers?

With a subscription to Autodesk Inventor software, you can install it on up to 3 computers or other devices. However, only the named user can sign in and use that software on a single computer at any given time. Please refer to the Software License Agreement for more information.

How do I convert my Inventor free trial to a paid subscription?

Launch your trial software and click Subscribe Now on the trial screen or buy Inventor here. When buying your subscription, enter the same email address and password combination you used to sign in to your trial. Learn more about converting a trial to a paid subscription.

How much does a subscription to Inventor cost?

The price of an annual Inventor subscription is  and the price of a monthly Inventor subscription is . The price of a 3-year Inventor subscription is . If you have infrequent users and are interested in a pay-as-you-go option, please visit to learn more.

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