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Design and engineering tools plus simulation, tooling, and routed systems.
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Professional-grade 2D mechanical design tools.
Powerful, cost-effective 3D mechanical CAD software.
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Easy-to-use 3D mechanical design
Large assembly design
Sheet metal design
Catalog/purchased/standard part library
Frame and weldment design
Plastic parts design
Electrical systems design/tube and pipe runs
Mold, and tool and die
Electrical schematics design
Explore design concepts in AutoCAD
Sketch designs, produce stunning artwork
Create 3D digital artwork
Point cloud tools
Select material by environmental/cost impact
Assembly collision and interference detection
Check for manufacturability
Validate performance with simulation and FEA
Simulate installation or demolition sequences
Real-time design visualization
Cinematic-quality 3D animation
Review/mark up DWG™, DWF, and PDF files
Cloud-based 3D design reviews
Large-scale design review and collaboration
Design fly-throughs and walk-throughs
In-product data management
Configurable data security
Multiple user/concurrent design
Automated design organization
Printed circuit board (PCB) interoperability
3D PDF export
Professional drafting and documentation tools
Automatic drawing view creation
International standards support
Exploded views and animations
Create, modify, and reuse engineering design data from virtually any source.
Control and manage the data created by large assembly designs.
Model combining free-form and parametric workflows.
Manufacture complex sheet metal products, including flat-pattern generation, complex flanges, and roll-formed parts.
Use rules-based design to capture and embed engineering and product knowledge directly into virtual models.
Includes more than 1 million components.
Automate the process of creating and analyzing welded frame designs digitally.
Reuse industrial design data and optimize plastic during the design phase. Reduce exposure to costly tooling changes.
Streamline the design of routed systems, including complex tube, pipe, cable, and harness runs.
Increase efficiency by reusing engineering data in the manufacturing process.
Electrical schematic symbol libraries dynamically generate rules-based electrical control circuits.
Visualization, illustration, and animation tools provide a realistic representation of your design at all times.
Realistic environments, lighting, and materials help stakeholders and prospects experience your designs before they are manufactured.
Visualization tools extend the design workflow with cinematic-quality 3D animation.
Take advantage of the latest advances in digital measuring capabilities for capturing the as-built state of an existing facility.
Optimize material selection based on environmental impact and costs, including disposability and other environmental concerns.
Create a virtual representation to help validate the form, fit, and function of the product before it is built.
Evaluate if a model has adequate draft for manufacturing.
Integrated motion simulation and stress analysis tools help you predict how product designs will perform under real-world conditions.
Simulate construction schedules and logistics in 5D (3D + Time + Cost) to help analyze project activities and minimize cost and sequencing problems.
View, mark up, print, and track changes to 2D and 3D designs with tools that make it easier to share drawings more efficiently.
Share lightweight versions of your 3D designs in the cloud to collect feedback from your team anywhere, on any device.
Streamline interoperability between engineering and design software and building information modeling (BIM) software.
SolidWorks, Catia V4, Catia V5, IDF, IGES, JT, NX, Parasolid, Pro/ENGINEER, Rhino, SAT, STEP, STL.
Enhance design review and collaboration by integrating supply chain and design data using Navisworks Simulate software.
Improve the design review process by sharing a lightweight digital model anyone can review.
Maximize productivity with automation, management, and editing tools specifically designed for drafting.
Use the genuine DWG™ file format to share work with colleagues and clients. The DWG format is one of the most commonly used design data formats.
Maximize productivity with automated drawing view creation.
Stay on schedule with automated and associative parts lists and bills of materials (BOMs) that automatically update as the design changes.
Work in more places with more people using built-in support for international standards.
Gain more control over design data with revision management capabilities. Quickly find and reuse design data, for easier management of design and engineering information.
Give the right people access to the data at the right time.
Enable your entire workgroup to participate in the design process.
Manage your Vault server with tools that a
Track, find, and organize data quickly.
Optimize basic geometry to create structurally efficient, lightweight parts.
Associatively link Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical design data.
Use non-native files from suppliers or vendors in your designs without translation.
Import IDF files from your electronics design software to create 3D models of your PCB designs.
Create 3D documentation of your designs that can be opened by anyone with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Create exploded views and animations of complex assemblies to use in your product documentation, manuals, and assembly instructions.
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