What's New for Inventor 2017 R2 (Customers with Subscription)

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Improvements to Measure Command Precision

Visual enhancement: A check mark  now displays next to the default Measure Distance, Angle, Loop, and AreaPrecision value when you access the list for the first time in a file. Previously the check mark only displayed after you made a selection.

Inventor 2017: The checked  measure precision value now persists across sessions in all files. Select a different measure precision value to change the default measure precision value. Previously when you changed the Precision value in existing files, the change was not maintained after saving, closing, and reopening the file.

Important: When you create a new template file in any new version of Inventor (for example Inventor 2017 R2, R3, 2018, and onward) the default measure precision value must be set in both Document Settings Units tab Modeling Dimension Display fields and in the Measure Precision value dialog box.

Enhancements to Projects dialog box (not available in Inventor LT)

  • Access to the Configure Library dialog box has been simplified from two clicks to one click. The drop-down button with only one entry has been removed.
  • The Inventor project wizard, the wizard that displays when you create a project (.ipj) file, is now resizable.

Model Browser Enhancement

The visual display of model browser in all environments now displays lines in the hierarchy to:

  • Show a bigger difference between the expanded and collapsed states.
  • Help focus attention on content and features.
  • Make it easier to navigate the hierarchy.

Workflow Enhancements

  • Part/Assembly/Flat pattern sketches now maintain the properties specified in the Geometry Properties dialog box (for example, line type, scale, line color, and line weight) when exported as an AutoCAD DWG file.
  • You can elect to display or not display the mini-toolbars when you access one of the following commands: Extrude, Revolve, Fillet, Shell, Face Draft, Chamfer, and Joint. These dialog boxes have a mini-toolbar that displays alongside of the dialog box. The available options on these mini-toolbars are the same as the dialog box options. To maximize the amount of graphical space, use the new View panel User Interface panel Mini-Toolbar command to turn off the display of these mini-toolbars.

  • You can now easily jump back and forth to a different point in time. Your undo/redo history now displays in the new Undo/Redo drop-down menus. Click a drop-down arrow and select from a list of actions you want to undue or redo.


New Context Menu Options for Make Part and Make Components

From the browser or the graphics window in a part file:

  • Make Part: Select one or more sketch blocks, solid bodies, or surface bodies and select Make Part from the context menu.
  • Make Components: Select one or more sketch blocks, or one or more solids and select Make Components from the context menu.

Automate Selection of all Faces or Edges Tangent to the Preselected Faces or Edges

You can now quickly create a selection set of all the faces or edges tangent to each other. In the graphics window:

  • With the left mouse button, double-click a face or an edge.


  • Select one or more faces or one or more edges, right-click, and select Select Tangencies from the context menu.

Note: Hold down the CTRL key to select more than one face or edge.

Example selecting tangent faces: Right-click a face, select Select Tangencies OR with the left mouse button, double-click a face. Result: All tangent faces are selected.

Examples of uses

    • Use the selection set of tangent faces to:
      • Delete the selection set with Delete Faces.
      • Assign an appearance to the selection set.
      • Add or remove thickness to faces, or create an offset surface from a part face with the Thicken/Offset command.
    • Use the selection set of tangent edges to:
      • Fillet or chamfer the preselected edges.
      • Review or check for tangency conditions or closed loops.

Enhancements to Revision Tables and Parts Lists Exported Excel Formats

  • You can now select an excel template file (.xlsm) with macros when exporting. Macros are maintained in the exported excel file.

    • You can now export Revision Tables and Parts Lists to an excel macro-enabled file (.xlsm). The following excel file types are now supported from a Parts List or Revision table for export: *.xltm;*.xlsx;*.xlsm;*.xlt;*.xls excel templates.

Assemblies (not available in Inventor LT)

Mirror and Copy Assembly Options to Include or Exclude Relationships

Previously relationships were automatically applied to the mirrored or copied components. New options let you decide if you want to include the relationships in the operation.

    • Mirror Components dialog box: Mirror Relationships If the check box is selected, existing relationships between the source components are applied to the mirrored components. Clear the check box to exclude the relationships.
    • Copy Components dialog box: Copy Relationships If the check box is selected, existing relationships between the source components are applied to the copied components. Clear the check box to exclude the relationships.

Mirror and Copy Assembly Option to Ground the Resulting Components

The new option Ground New Components in the Mirror Components dialog box/Copy Components dialog box automatically grounds the resulting mirrored or copied components:

Additional Assembly Enhancements

    • You can now quickly select from a list of available origin workplanes from the assembly Mirror Components dialog box. Instead of having to locate the workplane and expand the browser node to select it, you can make your selection directly inside the assembly Mirror Components dialog box (not available in Inventor LT).

    • You can now open multiple files from the Bill of Materials. Select one or more components, right-click, and select Open: All selected components open in new separate tabs (not available in Inventor LT).


Quickly Customize Properties for Imported CAD Files with the New Property Mapping Tool

Use the new Property Mapping for Imported CAD Data tool to easily map properties from CATIA, Pro/Engineer and Creo parametric, NX, STEP, and Solidworks to standard Inventor properties.

The new Property Mapping tool replaces the manual effort of directly modifying the CATIA, Pro/Engineer and Creo parametric, NX, STEP, and Solidworks XML design data files.

Note: The XML design data files are installed by default to Users Public Public Documents Autodesk Inventor [version] Design Data Import Properties.

Access the new Property Mapping for Imported CAD Data tool from:

    • The Property Mapping button at the bottom of the Import dialog box. This button is only enabled if you are importing a CATIA, Creo, NX, STEP, or Solidworks file into an assembly file.
    • Start menu Programs Autodesk Inventor 2017 Tools.

Reference Model Enhancement to the Parts List and Bill of Materials (BOM) (not available in Inventor LT)

You can now open the top-level assembly of an associative reference or virtual part from a Parts List or BOM. Right-click on a parts list or BOM row that contains an associative reference or virtual part and select Open. The top-level assembly containing the reference to the associative AnyCAD reference or virtual part opens.

DWG Underlay Now Fully Supports AutoCAD Mechanical Geometry

    • You can now use the DWG Underlay Locate command to change the insertion point of AutoCAD Mechanical geometry. The relocated geometry maintains the associativity to the AutoCAD Mechanical model.
    • Constraints can now be added to DWG Underlay AutoCAD Mechanical geometry in the assembly environment.

Note: Cropped AutoCAD Mechanical geometry cannot be selected.

Mesh Support for DWF Export

You can now export mesh geometry in DWF format. Open a mesh model such as .stl or .obj and then Export to DWF.

Enhanced BIM content publishing capabilities using Configurator 360

A workflow has been added that helps you prepare Inventor assemblies for use with Configurator 360. The Configurator models can then be accessed and consumed on demand by BIM customers working in the AEC industry.

Inventor 2017 R2 additional information and links