Autodesk Inventor Files

The Autodesk 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 import individual features of objects or import objects as single solid bodies.

SOLIDWORKS recognizes chamfers, drafts, extrude, cut extrude, extrude/revolve with contour selection, fillets, holes, linear and circular patterns, mirrors, reference geometries, revolve, cut revolve, shells, sketches, sketch dimensions, sweep, cut sweep, and threads.

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

SOLIDWORKS imports unrecognized features as solid bodies.

To open an Autodesk Inventor part or assembly:

  1. Click File > Open.
  2. Optional: 3DEXPERIENCE Users: If the Open from 3DEXPERIENCE dialog box appears, click This PC.
  3. In the dialog box, set Files of type to Autodesk Inventor Files (*.ipt;*iam).
  4. Browse to a file and select it.
  5. In the System Options dialog box, set the options and click OK.
  6. Open the file.
    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.
    The Autodesk Inventor translator supports all Autodesk Inventor versions including Autodesk Inventor 11 and above. You can open Autodesk Inventor 2018 files in SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP01. To open Autodesk Inventor part (.ipt) or assembly (.iam) files in SOLIDWORKS as features, you must have Autodesk Inventor 11 or later installed. You can use Autodesk Inventor View to import files without having Autodesk Inventor installed.