AutoDesk Inventor 2009 Question!!!

Discussion in 'Software' started by Scottg4001, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Scottg4001
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    Scottg4001 Junior Member

    I am currently working for my dad. We use a 3D CAD program, Alibre, for design work for our products. My father knowing that I am enrolled at Westlawn knows that I need AutoCAD LT or AutoCAD 2009, but both of those programs are not capable of doing 3D assemblies like Alibre does. AutoCAD Inventor does, but I am wondering if I can design the yachts needed for Westlawn on Inventor or do I need AutoCAD? Hopefully there is someone out there with expierence in Inventor and I hope this question is clear.

    Thanks Ahead of time,

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    I just found out the answer I was looking for.
  3. DavidJ
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    DavidJ Senior Member

    I don't know very much about Alibre, but if it lets you make 2D drawings and export as dwf, dxf, or dwgs, you probably don't need autocad. Also I believe inventor still requires autocad to work in 2D, so you can't avoid buying it to make proper 2D drawings.

    For anyone doing something like Westlawn I would recommend just getting Rhino. While it isn't the best piece of software for doing everything, however, it is the best for some things, it can do a little of everything else, and the price is right.
  4. alidesigner
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    alidesigner Senior Member

    As I understand it if you buy Inventor you get Autocad included, but if Alibre is working for you then just stay with that. Alibre is a cheaper competitor to Inventor, Solidworks, Solid Edge, Pro E etc. I'm sure its is dwg compatible.

  5. pulsar
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    pulsar Mechanical engineer

    Inventor allows create 2d Drawings as file *.idw and *.dwg. There isn't necessery to have Autocad ( but I think it's included to Inventor Package).
    It's quite good to make assemblies and other staff, but it isn't good program to design hulls.

    If you have any questions regarding Inventor, just write

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