Introduction To Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD Software


InventorĀ® 3D CAD software offers professional-grade 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation tools.
Students will visit the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, build virtual models using this Software Program, and share their creative work with the class.


Building on student previous experience with LDD, Autodesk Inventor is a 3D mechanical solid modeling design software developed by Autodesk to create 3D digital prototypes. It is used for 3D mechanical design, design communication, tooling creation and product simulation. This software enables users to produce accurate 3D models to aid in designing, visualizing and simulating products before they are built.

This program used by professional designers, and take the students into the world of Professional Digital Design. The program builds on the students' previous experience in the LDD world.This software incorporates integrated motion simulation and assembly stress analysis, whereby users are given options to input driving loads, dynamic components, friction loads and further run the dynamic simulation to test how the product will function in a real-world scenario. These simulation tools enable users designing cars or automotive parts, for example, to optimize the strength and weight of a product, identify high-stress areas, identify and reduce unwanted vibrations, and even size motors to reduce their overall energy consumption.

Autodesk Inventor also uses special file formats for parts, assemblies and drawing views. The files are imported or exported in a DWG (drawing) format. However, the 2D and 3D data interchange and review format that Autodesk Inventor uses most frequently is design web format (DWF).

Teacher Note: This program is a thirty (30) day trial. In advance of this activity, please work with your school IT department to install the program on the student computers. Please confirm that website links are active on your network. Based upon your students' success your school may choose to purchase a complete license.

Lesson Times

Class Period 01
60 Minutes
Class Period 02
60 Minutes
Class Period 03
60 Minutes
Class Period 04
60 Minutes
Class Period 05
60 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to demonstrate technical knowledge by downloading and installing Autodesk Inventor Software.
  • Students will be able to design and develop Inventor models following instructions provided by the lesson.
  • Students will be able to share their design and improve the design based upon peer feedback.

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