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Autodesk Inventor Files

The Inventor Part translator imports Autodesk Inventor® part and assembly files as SolidWorks part documents. The imported part files can contain features or geometry only.

You can choose to import individual features of objects or import objects as single solid bodies.

SolidWorks recognizes chamfer, draft, extrude, cut extrude, extrude/revolve with contour selection, fillet, holes, linear and circular patterns, mirror, reference geometry, revolve, cut revolve, shell, sketch, sketch dimensions, sweep, cut sweep, threads.

Feature history is imported, allowing you to roll back changes made to the original Inventor file.

SolidWorks imports unrecognized features as solid bodies.

To open an Autodesk Inventor part or assembly:

  1. Click Open (Standard toolbar) or File, Open.

  2. In the dialog box, set Files of type to Inventor Part (*.ipt) or Inventor Assembly (*.iam) and click Options.

  3. In the Import Options dialog box, set the options on the General tab, then click OK.

  4. In the Open dialog box, browse to a file, then click Open.

  5. At the prompt, select Features or Body.

You can optionally compare the mass properties in the imported file to those in the original file to determine whether changes to the geometry occurred during import.

Version Information

The Inventor translator supports all Autodesk Inventor versions including Autodesk Inventor 11 and above.

To open Autodesk Inventor part (.ipt) or assembly files (.iam) in SolidWorks as features, you must have Inventor 11 installed. You can use Inventor View to import files as bodies without having Inventor installed.

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