Want to see what’s new in Inventor 2018? Read our coverage here.
Inventor continues to deliver an exceptional modeling experience. There are hundreds – if not thousands – of suggestions that Autodesk gets from customers throughout each release. Instead of waiting until the yearly release, Autodesk implements some of these enhancements and changes midway through a release cycle.
In the past, updates have included tools such as Shape Generator and Connected Design with A360. The newest release, Inventor 2017.3, is no exception.
Let’s take a look at some of the newest enhancements and updates.
Enhanced Measure Commands
You can now restart the measure command by clicking anywhere within the window. This allows you to more easily perform multiple measurements in a row. Dual units are also available, allowing you better measure distances, loops, and area.
Multiple Profile Selection (Cross-Window)
Select multiple closed profiles in a single click when creating certain features. You’ll never have to zoom in to select those tiny profiles again!
Project Geometry Improvements
Select Tangencies is now available within the Project Geometry command. Grab entire edges with fewer clicks. A major improvement has to deal with projected sketch references. The references are maintained even after you redefine your sketch. The associativity is maintained for projected geometry, loops, and even cross-part references.
Text to Geometry
You can now edit sketch text to sketch geometry, to create text engravings for laser etching.
Improvements to Interference Analysis
You can now treat subassemblies as a single component, and even ignore any interference within subassemblies if desired. New tooltips have been added to more easily determine your interference types.
3D PDF Enhancements
3D PDF creation has sped up drastically, and now supports view representation color overrides.
Last but not least is the Tutorial Creator. You can create your own tutorials to share with colleagues or publicly with the Inventor user-base.
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