What’s new for Inventor 2017.3

What’s new for Inventor 2017.3


Inventor 2017.3, is an update for customers on subscription, delivers fixes and over 20 product enhancements in projected sketch references, intelligent interference filtering and 3D PDF publishing. This update also provides the next step in product learning with a unified learning experience that enables customers to create, manage and publish learning content.


Measure Enhancements

  • Easily restart Measure by clicking in the graphics window.


  • A Dual Unit, Foot – Architectural, is now available for Measure Distance, Loop, and Area.


Additional Workflow Enhancement

You can now use a crossing window to select multiple closed profiles when creating features with the Revolve, Sweep, Coil, Chamfer, and Fillet commands.


3D PDF export is significantly faster and now supports View representation color overrides.

Model Views


Select Tangencies Now Available within Project Geometry Command

The Select Tangencies behaviour, previously only available in Parts and Assemblies, is now also available in the sketch environment when the Project Geometry command is active. You can now quickly create a selection set of all the faces or edges tangent to each other in the sketch Project Geometry:

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


  • Select a face or an edge, right-click, and select Select Tangencies from the context menu.

Projected Sketch References are Now Maintained After Redefining a Sketch

Previously if you redefined the plane that a part or assembly sketch was created on, the projected references were lost (sketch turned green) whereas now if you redefine the sketch plane, the associativity is maintained (sketch remains yellow). This applies to the following types of sketch references:

  • Projected Geometry.
  • Projected Loop.
  • Cut Edge.
  • Cross part reference.

New Options in Application Options  Sketch tab Enhance Performance

There are now separate settings for controlling the Look at behaviour in an assembly sketch and controlling the Look at behaviour in a part sketch in the Applications Option dialog box  Sketch tab.

Now that there are separate settings for part sketch and assembly sketch, you can, for example, disable looking at the sketch plane when editing a component and have Look at enabled when editing an Assembly sketch.

Sketch Tab

The setting In Part Environment controls Look at behaviour:

  • When creating or editing a part sketch.
  • When creating or editing a component in part.
  • During in-place edit of a part within an assembly.

The setting In Assembly Environment controls Look at behaviour when creating or editing an assembly sketch.

New 3D Sketch Mini-Toolbar and 2D Sketch Mini-Toolbar Options

A mini-toolbar is added to the 3D sketch environment.

 Edit 3D Sketch: Displays when selecting a 3D sketch in the part and sheet metal environment.

Additionally, the following options are added to the new 3D sketch mini-toolbar and to the existing 2D sketch mini-toolbar. The following options display when selecting a 2D or 3D sketch based feature:

  •  Share Sketch: Displays in the part and sheet metal environment and the sketch is not shared.
  •  Unshare Sketch: Displays in the part and sheet metal environment and the sketch is shared.
  •  Make visible: Displays in all part and assembly environments and visibility is off.
  •  Make invisible: Displays in all part and assembly environments and visibility is on.

Convert Sketch Text to Geometry

You can now convert part, assembly, and drawing sketch text into sketch geometry (lines, arcs). Use converted text geometry to create text engravings, for example, to laser etch part numbers or stock information onto models.

After the text is converted to standard sketch geometry, the converted geometry is no longer associative with the original text.


Multiple Enhancements to Analyze Interference

  • The new option in Interference Analysis dialog box, Treat subassemblies as components, lets you treat sub-assemblies as single components and ignore the interferences within the sub-assemblies.

    Interference Analysis

  • The Interference Detected dialog box now includes:
    • Information about each interference.
    • Interference type filtering options. Focus on the information you need to check by including only the interferences you want to see.
      Note: The Reference components filter only displays when the assembly includes an AnyCAD reference imported 3rd party file.


      Interefernce Type

    • Ignore and Un-ignore options. You can:
      • Right-click an item and select to ignore the selected volume or ignore all interference volumes less than a selected value.
      • Select or deselect the Ignored filter to show or hide the ignored interferences in the list.
        Note: An ignored interference is displayed with a cross line.
      • Right-click an ignored interference and select to Un-ignore the selected item, or Un-ignore all.

Additional Information Ignored

    • Mismatched threads display the interference type in a tooltip for 4 interference types.

        • Threaded components are misaligned.
        • Thread designation does not match, including nominal diameter, and pitch.
        • Left/Right hand does not match.
        • Thread length does not match.

      Note: The first set of numbers in the tooltip indicates Internal thread value. The second set indicate the External thread value.
    • The interference type is included in a new column called Note when you copy  a thread interference value into Excel.

Assembly Shrinkwrap Options Dialog Box Enhancement

The setting, Use color override from source component, is now available in the Assembly Shrinkwrap Options Dialog Box. Use this option to link color from the base component into the target part. If unchecked, the appearance is set to the default appearance of the target part.

Guided Tutorial Author

Create and Share Tutorials

You can now create your own tutorials and share them publicly or privately. This enhancement adds two new categories to Type. Click My Tutorials to display and manage tutorials you create. Click Shared With Me to display tutorials that are shared privately with you.


When you click Create Tutorial to start the authoring process, the Anatomy of a Tutorial visual guide is displayed. Click the How to links on the Anatomy page to watch two short videos that guide you through the create and share process.

Anatomy of aTutorial

BIM Content

Preparing BIM Content for Configurator 360

A new workflow is provided for preparing Inventor models for use as BIM Content via Configurator 360. 


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