On the 11th Day of CAD I give to you..... Free Autodesk Inventor 2009 (LT).
So far most of my 12 days of CAD have been on AutoCAD and AutoCAD based vertical products such as AutoCAD Electrical. Today I give to you the world of 3D. How can I do that, well I can't take credit for giving you 3D, or giving you Autodesk Inventor either. However I can guide you in the right direction. A while back Autodesk introduced Inventor LT Technology Preview. (I think it was Release 2008). What this means for us is we can download Autodesk Inventor LT for FREE and use it. Here is a brief list of what it does not contain compared to Inventor Suite 2009:
- 3D Assembly Modeling
- Sheet Metal Design
- Content Center
- AutoCAD Mechanical
- Autodesk Vault
- Customization and Third Party Add In Compatibility
- Click Here to see Product Comparison (Autodesk Inventor LT Preview, Autodesk Inventor Suite, Autodesk Inventor Professional)
Some might say that the 3D assembly design and Sheet metal might be a show stopper for them. My thought is, come on guys it's a free product "preview". There has to be some limitations. The nice thing is you can get a feel for the part modeling before purchasing the product.
Here is information about the preview:
- Read the Inventor LT overview Brochure
- Video on Inventor LT and how it helps you expand your capabilities.
- Frequently Asked Inventor LT Questions.
- Main Inventor LT page on Autodesk Labs
There is so much more information available on Autodesk Labs including System req's, links to forums etc..
Note: On the Autodesk Labs page, it states that "Once activated, Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview 2009 will run until May 1, 2009. Which still gives us just over 5 months to play with the software for free.
One other thing to note is that in the FAQ it states that Autodesk Inventor LT is not available for purchase. However it does state in there about "Should it become available for purchase".