AutoCAD 2012vs. inventor

Posted on 2011-10-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hello All,

I know this is always a loaded question, but occasionally there are obvious answers.

I'm looking to do fine Woodworking (tables, cabinets, etc.).  I'm NOT an expert or professional, but an advanced enthusiast/hobbyist.  

I'm trying to find out which is the better package --AutoCAD or Autodesk Inventor --for someone like me; I just want to design some classy furniture including mechanical parts and get a mechanical drawing from which to build it.

I don't want/need to be an expert.  I have access to AutoCAD video tutorials, but not Inventor, but I've heard that Inventor has a smaller learning curve and is very intuitive.



PC-based user.

Question by:ugeb
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    Expert Comment

    i think the question you need to answer is how much are you going to need to use the software?

    If this is going to be a very limited use of the software then there is no need to speed all that extra money on the software. otherwise the additions that inventor will provide will easily pay for it self in the 2nd or 3rd project using the software
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    Expert Comment

    here is a good article about making the jump from to the other:

    AutoCAD to Inventor:
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    Author Comment

    I have a slate of about 8 projects, which should take about a year to complete.  I want to make sure I get things right.

    Are you saying Inventor is better than AutoCAD?
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    Accepted Solution

    Inventor is built upon AutoCAD but has a lot more industry specific features that you would not be able to do within basic AutoCAD without advanced customization.

    for more about using Inventor for woodworking check out these YouTube videos:
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    Author Closing Comment

    Awesome, thanks!

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