Autodesk Inventor - Top 3 Alternatives

Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Sep 30, 2021

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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. 

2021's Top Autodesk Inventor Alternatives

Here are the top 4 alternatives to Autodesk Inventor that are worth checking out: MicroStation V8i for SMBs, Solid Edge ST4 for large size business, Autodesk SketchBook Pro 7 for growing companies, and

ITQlick rating ITQlick Rating is based on the software score (below) and aggregated online reviews
Score ITQlick Score is a 1 to 100 score, based on pricing, and functionality Vs. alternative solutions
Pricing pricing Score is a 1 to 10 score, based on the TCO (cost of licences, customizations, training, hardware when relevant) Vs. alternative solutions
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Autodesk
ITQlick rating
3.3/5
Score
78/100
Pricing
6/10
License pricing
$3,495 per license
Functionality
4
Best for SMBs
MicroStation
ITQlick rating
3.5/5
Score
88/100
Pricing
6.6/10
License pricing
$2,410 per year
Functionality
4
Best for Enterprise
Solid
ITQlick rating
3.4/5
Score
86/100
Pricing
5.8/10
License pricing
$5,300 per license
Functionality
4
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Growing
Autodesk
ITQlick rating
3.1/5
Score
80/100
Pricing
3.4/10
License pricing
$65 per license
Functionality
3

1. MicroStation V8i - Best for SMBs

MicroStation V8i is an alternative Computer aided design software, MicroStation V8i cloud, Autodesk Inventor cloud MicroStation V8i, with a pricing score of 6.6 is considered more expensive to implement than Autodesk Inventor with a score of 6.

MicroStation V8i is rated 3.5 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (MicroStation offers 4 main features). compare head to head: MicroStation V8i Vs Autodesk Inventor

2. Solid Edge ST4 - Best for Large Business

Solid Edge ST4 is an alternative Computer aided design software, Solid Edge ST4 cloud, Autodesk Inventor cloud Solid Edge ST4, with a pricing score of 5.8 is considered less expensive to implement than Autodesk Inventor with a score of 6.

Solid Edge ST4 is rated 3.4 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Solid offers 4 main features). compare head to head: Solid Edge ST4 Vs Autodesk Inventor

3. Autodesk SketchBook Pro 7 - Best for Growing Companies

Autodesk SketchBook Pro 7 is an alternative Computer aided design software, Autodesk SketchBook Pro 7 installed on-premises, Autodesk Inventor cloud Autodesk SketchBook Pro 7, with a pricing score of 3.4 is considered less expensive to implement than Autodesk Inventor with a score of 6.

Autodesk SketchBook Pro 7 is rated 3.1 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Autodesk offers 3 main features). compare head to head: Autodesk SketchBook Pro 7 Vs Autodesk Inventor

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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.