Autodesk Inventor 2011 is out now.
I am really enthusiastic about the new tools in Autodesk Inventor 2011.
Like Autocad, there is no one big feature that I can point you at, but there are a lot of smaller features that will make working with Inventor smoother and more intuitive.
‘Head up display’ for sketching is just like Dynamic Input in Autocad. I’ve never really got to grips with this in Autocad, and rarely have it turned on. In Inventor this tool makes complete sense and will really speed up sketching.
Direct feature manipulation allows you to click on a feature, and pick from a couple of in place icons that will take you straight to the sketch or feature that you want to edit. You may never need to use the dialogs again!
Constraint limits allow you to easily set a minimum and maximum offset for an assembly constraint. That sounds simple, but it’s going to save a lot of work.
iLogic is now built in to Inventor, allowing easy access to rule based design. Instead of saying Length B is twice Length A, you can say, If Length A is Less than length B Length C is twice Length B… and so on.
Like Autocad, my only reservation is the amount of graphics overhead these new features entail. I was able to take part in the Beta testing of Inventor 2011, but I wasn’t able to test the new ‘in place rendering’ because my laptop just couldn’t cope. I have suddenly become envious of those with 64 Bit machines!
Once again, I have been a bit slow of the mark. These blogs will give you more detail quicker and better than I could do it!
(You can Download a PDF of the new features from Garin’s blog here)