20 Years of Inventor: A Trip Down Memory Lane

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Inventor turned 20 in September 2019 and at Autodesk University 2019 several key updates, as well as the new Dark Mode were announced. In light of this, I thought it would be fun to dig up some old Inventor videos and screenshots.


Here are some old interface images, below is Inventor R8:

Autodesk Inventor R8

This is Inventor R8 alongside Vault R8:

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When Autodesk changed to the ribbon interface with the 2010 release, I remember quite a few upset customers on tech support telling me that context sensitive menu’s would slow them down. I initially agreed with them, but I had to switch to the new ribbons to run training courses, and when I got back to using Inventor, I had to admit that the ribbon interface was faster than the original interface.

Cable and Harness in Inventor R8:

Here are some videos of the Inventor R8 Cable and Harness, there are 3 videos in a playlist, the videos date back to 2003:

FEA in Inventor R9:

At Autodesk University 2019, Autodesk announced a collaboration with Ansys, where generative designs in Fusion 360 can be passed to Ansys Mechanical via Forge.

Back in the Day (2004) before Autodesk Acquired PlassoTech (which became Inventor’s FEA engine), Inventor Professional users were able to run single part FEA’s using ANSYS technology.


Frame Generator was introduced with Inventor Release 11 in in 2006. Inventor 11’s code name was Faraday. For more info on what was introduced with Inventor 11, have a look at the “what’s new” document here. Below is a video of Frame Generator in Autodesk Inventor Professional 2008:

Dynamic Simulation. Here’s a video of Dynamic Simulation Autodesk Inventor Professional 2008:

Clicking on the image below will let you download a ZIP file with the “Whats New in Inventor” documents for Releases 9 through to 2012.

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UPDATE: 18 Jan 2020

Here’s an old Inventor 2009 demo with a 3D Conenxion Mouse

If you have any cool old school Inventor Images or videos that you would like to share, get in touch and I’ll gladly post them.