Autodesk Inventor Puts Collaboration at the Center of the Design Process

Categories: Generative design

In addition to the many advanced features incorporated into Autodesk Inventor 2016 since its launch in April, Autodesk is today announcing a new collaboration tool for Inventor subscribers called Inventor Connected Design. Powered by the Autodesk 360 cloud platform, this service enables fast and easy 3D design reviews that can reach team members anywhere in the world on any device*.

Collaborate with Inventor Connected Design

Inventor Connected Design is new technology for linking Inventor to the cloud. Using Autodesk A360, Inventor 2016 customers are able to launch a Design Share collaboration session easily from within Inventor and then capture notes and record the intent behind decisions, all while allowing control over sharing of their intellectual property. This cloud-enabled collaboration supports multiple engineering teams to collaborate concurrently across the product development workflow and helps speeds the decision making process.

Inventor Connected Design enables fast, easy 3D design reviews with your team and other project collaborators anywhere, on any device

“We are bringing together the best of our design authoring tools, data management and secure cloud capabilities to dramatically improve collaboration for product development,” said Lance Grow, director of Inventor product design. “This new way of working will allow customers to easily review their designs, collaborate across engineering teams and streamline supply chain communications while using a variety of platforms. This capability enables our customers to easily select and preview the design data to be shared, allowing them complete control of their intellectual property.”

In detail, Inventor Connected Design allows users to:

  • Collaborate on 3D designs on virtually any device.
  • Frequently share designs-in-progress without committing changes or otherwise impacting data management.
  • Conduct reviews much more quickly than with traditional methods such as 2D screenshots and/or email.
  • Leverage lightweight viewables that allow for easy control over which parts are shared and which are excluded.
  • Automatically manage and track comments from collaborators, providing a central record for each Design Share and associated feedback.

Adding IFC Publishing for the Building and Construction Industry

In the past several years, Inventor has expanded several capabilities that enable Building Product Manufacturers to easily exchange data with Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems. This newest Inventor update adds Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format as an export option to facilitate the delivery of 3D mechanical designs for building and construction applications. IFC is an open standard for exchanging model information among manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and construction industries. It is increasingly being mandated by building owners and government agencies. Inventor now supports IFC in addition to RFA and ADSK export formats.


The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format provides an open standard means of exchanging model information between manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Autodesk Inventor 2016 R3 adds the IFC format as an export option to facilitate the delivery of 3D mechanical designs for building and construction applications.

*Access to services requires an internet connection and is subject to any geographical restrictions set forth in the Terms of Service.