Autodesk Inventor - Top 4 Alternatives (Feb 2022)

Autodesk Inventor Review
ITQlick Score: 78/100
ITQlick Rating: (3.3/5)
Pricing: 6/10 - average cost
Category: Computer aided design -> Autodesk Inventor -> Autodesk Inventor competitors
Ranking:Ranked 6 out of 32 Computer aided design systems
Company: Autodesk
Pricing: starts at $3,495 per license
Typical customers: Small, medium and large size businesses
Platforms: Desktop
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Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Feb 09, 2022

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Two major competitors of Autodesk Inventor are AllyCAD and RealCAD. The feature set of AllyCAD and Autodesk Inventor is very similar. For instance, both solutions offer similar animation, simulation, and documentation features. However, they differ when it comes to modeling and design features.

In the modeling and design features, Autodesk Inventor offers a few extra assembly modeling features such as large assembly design, mold design, plastic part design, and sheet metal design. On the other hand, AllyCAD offers additional advanced surfacing features that are not found on Autodesk Inventor. These features include draft analysis, freeform radiated surface, thickness analysis, and undercut analysis.

The main difference between RealCAD and Autodesk Inventor is that the former does not offer any module for sheet metal design. Another important difference is the absence of any architecture features on Autodesk Inventory, when such features are present on RealCAD. Other than these major differences, minor differences exist in the rest of the modules.

Assembly modeling features are similar on both solutions. However, RealCAD offers additional advanced surfacing features such as creation of organic shapes and planer surfaces. 2D modeling features also are quite same on both systems. 

Autodesk Inventor alternatives - for low budget, SMBs and global businesses

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.