Inventor Read-only Mode

With the installation of Inventor 2020 you now have access to a Read-only version of Inventor. This eliminates the need to install Inventor View as part of the installation. Once installed you can simply run it as Inventor Read-only Mode 2020. It does not require a license of Inventor to be used.

The interface looks much like Inventor, just with fewer tabs and options. It enables you to load projects and open parts, assemblies, drawings, and presentation files. Once a file is opened, you will have a limited number of tabs available that focus your experience on reviewing the model. You can review the following:

  • Use the Model Browser to review the features that were used in the model. You can additionally control the visibility of sketches and work features used to create the geometry using the right-click menu.
  • Use the Model Browser to review the component names and view the constraints used to assemble them.
  • Use the Inspect tab to measure, analyze interference, and use the analysis tools (parts only).
  • Use the View tab to control appearances and visibility as is available in the full version of Inventor.
  • Use the View Cube and Navigation pane to control the view orientation of the model.
  • For assemblies, you can also review the Bill of Materials for the model using the Assemble tab.

I am guessing the next question you are going to ask is … “ Where do I get it?”. Autodesk is recommending that for those that do not have access to Inventor 2020, simply download the full trial version and run it as read-only. I hope that this is great new way for you to view your models.

About the Author

Jennifer Macmillan

Manager – Learning Content Development

Trained in Instructional Design, Jennifer uses her skills to develop instructor-led and web-based training products as well as knowledge profiling tools. Jennifer has achieved the Autodesk Certified Professional certification for Inventor and is also recognized as an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI). She enjoys teaching the training courses that she authors and is also very skilled in providing technical support to end-users. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Dalhousie University.

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