2019.4 is live – Open Inventor 2020 files in 2019

Inventor 2019.4 Update

Source: Autodesk


Inventor 2019.4 is an update that lets you work with others who are on Inventor 2020. This update also makes some changes to the Constraint command.

AnyCAD for Inventor

Reference Future (newer) Versions of Inventor Part and Assembly Files

You can now reference an Inventor 2020 part or assembly file in Inventor 2019.

You must have Inventor 2019.4 installed to support opening 2020 part and assembly files. Inventor 2019.4 can be downloaded via the Autodesk desktop app or from https://manage.autodesk.com.

Use the Open, Place, or Derive command to create a reference to a future version of an Inventor part or assembly file.

Migration: If you open and save the file in a newer version of Inventor (or use Task Scheduler to migrate files with references to future versions) the future version references are migrated to standard Inventor Place and Derive relationships.

For more information, see About AnyCAD for Inventor.

AnyCAD Enhancements

Newer Versions of AnyCAD Formats are Supported

You must have the latest updates installed for your version of Inventor. Updates can be downloaded via the Autodesk desktop app or fromhttps://manage.autodesk.com.

Format Version Selective Import Associative Update
CATIA V5 R6 – V5-6R2018
PTC Creo Up to 5.0
PTC Wildfire Up to 5.0
SolidWorks 2001 Plus – 2019
Siemens NX Unigraphics V13 – NX 12
Alias v11 – Later
AutoCAD 2d Up to 2018
STEP AP203E2, AP214, AP242
Solid Edge V18 – V20, ST1 – ST10, 2019

For more information on AnyCAD, see About Importing Files from other CAD Systems.

Enhancements to Assembly Constraints

When placing a mate constraint between 2 axes, Inventor now predicts the best match based on the selection with minimal rotation and assigns the optimal selection before displaying the preview.

For example, if you select axis 1 with a direction and then select axis 2, the relative position with minimum rotation is maintained with the type of direction (opposed or aligned) specified. This allows you to add a manual control to prevent the components from orienting incorrectly.

For more information on placing constraints between 2 axis, see To Place Mate or Flush Constraints in Assemblies.

Note: The values specified in the assembly Place Constraint dialog box no longer persist within the same session

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