Easy to use and easy to learn, Autodesk® Inventor® software products offer a flexible set of tools for 3D mechanical design, CAD productivity, design communication, product simulation, routed systems, and mold design. With Inventor software, you can integrate 2D AutoCAD® drawings and 3D data into a single digital model, creating a virtual representation of the final product that can enable you to validate the form, fit, and function of the product before it is ever built.
Now let’s see What’s New in Inventor 2012:
1) Autodesk Inventor Professional 2012 Enhancements
Autodesk® Inventor® Professional 2012 software offers all the core features of Autodesk Inventor 2012, plus extended tooling, routed systems, and simulation tools to design, visualize, and simulate complete 3D digital prototypes.
Inventor Professional 2012 introduces new ease-of-use improvements to the simulation environment.
- Improved beam analysis
- Easily adjust joints in dynamic simulation
Inventor Professional 2012, one of the easiest-to-use injection mold assembly design tools, now allows you to add custom mold components to your libraries.
Other enhancements include:
- Mold-specific feature and geometry enhancements
- User-defined mold bases and mold components
- Improved integration with Autodesk® Moldflow® plastics injection molding simulation software
2) Improved Design & Documentation Productivity
Autodesk Inventor allows you to generate engineering and manufacturing documentation from a validated digital prototype to reduce errors and deliver designs in less time. With support for all major drawing standards, automated drawing updates, associative part lists, and output in the DWG™ format, Autodesk Inventor 2012 takes design and documentation productivity even further with:
- High-speed design views—View and annotate drawings in a fraction of the time it used to take. Autodesk Inventor 2012 takes advantage of multi-core processors to save even more time.
- Faster startup—Inventor 2012 launches 2 to 3 times faster than previous versions.
- Part design view—Define and reuse any change to a part view, including color and camera changes.
- Improved error handling—Autodesk Inventor 2012 provides more information on the causes of geometry issues, including suggestions for successful computation.
- iLogic™ UI builder—Use a drag-and-drop-based UI builder to create your own user interface to drive models that includeiLogic rules.
3) Improved Design Sharing
Inventor 2012 improves design communication and collaboration with stakeholders and customers using the same digital prototype used to design and validate their designs. From convincing customers and managers that they have the best solution for their needs, to explaining designs to manufacturing, and creating simplified Building Information Modeling (BIM)-ready content, Inventor 2012 facilitates sharing designs with:
- Expanded export file formats—CATIA® export: R10 – R20; Parasolid® export: versions 9.0 – 23.0.
- Visualization enhancements—Leverages real-time raytracing to create more realistic renderings within the Inventor modeling environment.
- Improved BIM interoperability—Improves communication between Inventor and Autodesk® Revit® and AutoCAD® Architecture software.
- iLogic™ design copy—Add design and configuration rules to models to protect intellectual property.
4) New Standards for 3D Modeling Ease of Use
Autodesk Inventor 2012 sets new standards for 3D modeling ease of use, providing the most straightforward ways to define and modify parts and assemblies. Inventor 2012 removes the complexity from the 3D CAD experience, helping you to focus on the problem you are trying to solve rather than spending time mastering techniques for creating 3D geometry and wrestling with complex dialog boxes.
Inventor 2012 ease-of-use enhancements include:
- Inventor Fusion—Use simple-to-learn tools to explore new shapes, forms, and modify anything in the 3D CAD model from virtually any source.
- Marking menu—Reduce mouse travel and streamline model creation by keeping access to the most common modeling commands and options at your cursor.
- Upgraded direct manipulation—Get more control over geometry creation without sacrificing productivity.
- Improved design feature creation—Get improved design speed and improved control over shape characteristics, including G2 patch, G2 variable radius fillet, boss, and ribs.
5) Reuse More CAD Design Data
Complications around reusing valuable legacy 2D data and sharing non-native CAD data are one of the largest drains on engineering productivity. Inventor 2012 continues to expand its ability to use data from other CAD sources and provide industry-leading integration of 2D and 3D data.
- Import and translation improvements—Inventor 2012 includes support for new versions of Rhino, CATIA®, Parasolid®, and NX®.
- Open 3D DWG—Import AutoCAD surfaces and wires. Materials applied in the AutoCAD file persist in the Inventor file after translation.
- Model repair environment—Provides both automated and interactive repair tools that identify areas in non-Inventor design data that might cause difficulty in downstream usage.
- Inventor Fusion—Easily modify geometry no matter the source, including precise positioning of new points on an edge.
6) Sustainable Design
The Eco Materials Adviser in Inventor 2012 can enable mechanical designers to optimize material selection based on environmental impact and cost while considering performance. Jointly developed with Granta Design Ltd., the Eco Materials Adviser gives Inventor users access to environmental information on materials as well as analysis and reporting tools to make better sustainable design decisions, within your existing mechanical CAD process.