Autodesk Inventor Fusion Technology Preview

The Mac version of Autodesk Inventor Fusion was officially released on 25 July, 2012, this technology preview is available to the public via a free download at the Mac App Store. We downloaded a copy and got it working in minutes. Wonderful product, here are some screenshots and our test notes. Let’s check it out!

Directly from the Autodesk Labs

This Technology Preview showcases intuitive direct manipulation capabilities for unrivaled ease of use, provides direct modeling for rapid design changes without limitations, and unites direct and parametric workflows within a single digital model created in Autodesk Inventor.




About our iMac

The iMac is a 27″ in our lab was purchased in late 2009 with the following spec.

  • 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
  • 27-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy display 2560 by 1440 pixels
  • 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive

A total of 12GB of member installed, we use our iMac on general desktop applications, VMware Fusion, Linux connectivity and some basic video editing.

Downloading the Autodesk Inventor Fusion from Mac App Store was super easy, installation was straight forward. During installation, we noticed (i) the Wine configuration in Autodesk/Inventor Fusion/LIDS.framework needed update and (ii) Gecko package needed: Both installations were successful.

Here is the App Information.

A dialog box prompting user to optionally sign on to Autodesk 360 upon loaded of application. Since this is the first time we explore Inventor Fusion, we spent sometime on the getting started section on Autodesk website.

A quick check on computer memory utilization.

To further test out its functions, we downloaded the Autodesk Inventor 2013 tutorial data set files. This 238b zip file contains various part drawings and assembly files intended for training purposes. Since this is only a technology preview, we have no plan on extensive testing and production design using this software.

However, based on our day long testing. Many of us are collectively agreed the following:

  • Less screen area populated with menus is good, more real estate on actual drawing
  • There is no threading function?
  • Yes, you need a beefed up iMac to run the software
  • The Apple wireless keyboard & Magic Mouse not good for 3D CAD

Go try it now and note the availability!

  • The Microsoft Windows compatible technology preview executable expires on April 1, 2013
  • The Apple OS X compatible version of the technology preview expires on January 1, 2013

Enjoy, Team BTF

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