How To Open Inventor Part and Assembly Files In AutoCAD?

In my last post titled “How To Open And Save Inventor Files In AutoCAD?” I explained exactly how compatible AutoCAD and Inventor were. Instead of stopping at bitching about the problem I decided to do the next best thing – solve it. At SYCODE we have been working on an Inventor part and assembly file import plug-in for AutoCAD. With this plug-in AutoCAD users will now be able to open Inventor part (.ipt) and assembly (.iam) files.

The plug-in is called Inventor Import for AutoCAD and it does not need Inventor to be installed on the computer or on the network. The plug-in creates true 3D solids in AutoCAD which can then be edited using AutoCAD’s solid modeling tools just like any other 3D solid.

Just like all our other 27 AutoCAD plug-ins, Inventor Import for AutoCAD adds a menu called InventorImport to the AutoCAD menu which has a menu item called Import as can be seen in the following screen shot.

Don’t be surprised to see AutoCAD 2000 in the title bar. All our AutoCAD plug-ins are designed to work with AutoCAD 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, both 32 bit as well as 64 bit. That’s a decade of AutoCAD. I am not allowed to say anything about AutoCAD 2011 yet, so I won’t.

Here are a few screen shots from our tests so far. This is an Inventor part of an alloy wheel.

Here is the 3D solid when imported and rendered in AutoCAD 2000.

This an Inventor assembly containing a dozen unique parts.

And here is the Inventor Assembly imported and rendered in AutoCAD 2000.

I guess allowing someone to open an Inventor 2010 model in a version of AutoCAD released a decade ago is interoperability at its best.

When Inventor Import for AutoCAD is ready you will be able to download it from here. The plug-in has already been developed and we are now testing it, creating product documentation and setting up our online store.

  • R. Paul Waddington

    My goodness Deelip does this mean I could become a customer of yours soon and, if that were to be the case what effect may that have on our occasional sparring? 😉

  • R. Paul Waddington

    My goodness Deelip does this mean I could become a customer of yours soon and, if that were to be the case what effect may that have on our occasional sparring? 😉

  • Paul,

    Just so that you know I live by the golden rule of business – “The customer is always right”.So I highly recommend that you become my customer at the first opportunity that presents itself 😉

  • Paul,

    Just so that you know I live by the golden rule of business – “The customer is always right”.So I highly recommend that you become my customer at the first opportunity that presents itself 😉

  • micbeau

    Very, very nice…..I do have 1 wish/hope. Do you have a plugin for Inventor to open a DWG file into an assembly – as if we were adding a sub-assembly? We are manufacturers using Inventor and I can open a DWG file, but for view/print only – useless, I can use DWG Trueview for that. I need to bring the DWG file into my assembly.

  • Inventor has a DWG/DXF file import wizard that allows you to import solids in a DWG file to parts in Inventor.

  • micbeau

    I'm fully aware of that one. we can import 2d line work into sketchs or IDW's and we can import solids in a “new” Inventor part/assy. However, if you have a AutoCAD DWG file and you “don't” want to import it in. You would like to use it “as is” with no conversion and place it in an assy – you can't. Also, if the DWG file has proxy objects, Inventor fails to convert them – even if the proxy objects are solids. It fails even worse when you also have meshes…..Many of the files we have/receive to manufacture, Inventor can't do anything with it. If you have an e-mail address, I can send you a sample file…

  • This sounds like opportunity to me. Please send a sample file to deelip (at) sycode (dot) com

  • Joe

    I know it's not the same, but you are able to bring MDT data into Inventor and not not import them. There may be a work around there.

  • micbeau

    I know, that was the first thing that I tried. However, it didn't work with the test drawing we have. Our test drawing is not a MDT file and the objects in the DWG file are Proxy Objects from AutoPlant. The AutoPlant objects are 3d and Inventor is able to open it and view it as a DWG file (by itself). It just won't let us put it into an assembly file as reference.