Exploring the Newest Features in Inventor 2024.2

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Ray tracing in Inventors 2024.2 [Source: ENGINEERING.com]

2024.2 is an exceptionally loaded point release.

Right on schedule, Autodesk has released Inventor 2024.2. These point releases not only address bugs and performance issues but also add improved functionality. (Missed out on 2024.1? Read all about it here)

Inventor 2024.2 supplies over 30 enhancements for parts, assemblies and drawings. So, without further ado, here are the changes in 2024.2.

GPU Ray Tracing: Prerelease No More

Since its introduction in Inventor 2023, Inventor’s GPU ray tracing functionality has been in “prerelease” mode. This meant that it was not fully supported. Autodesk supplied it to gather feedback from Inventor users. With Inventor 2024.2, Autodesk has crossed all the t’s, dotted all the i’s and removed the prerelease tag. This means it is now a fully implemented and supported feature.

The biggest difference between CPU and GPU rendering: speed! GPU rendering is much faster. It also supplies the choice of noise reduction for sharper views.

Note: GPU ray tracing is only available when you are using a qualified (and Autodesk-certified) GPU.


In the category of I Cannot Believe We Have Not Always Been Able To Do This … you can now copy driven dimension values to the clipboard. Then paste this value into other places, like other dimensions.

This change scratches off four user-ranked change requests.

A personal favorite feature of mine is the ability to hold the shift key when projecting geometry, which then allows the user to toggle and create construction geometry.

My preference would be if the shift key enacted the opposite action of the default behavior set in the Application Options. So if the default action is set to project construction objects, then holding the shift key would bring about sketch geometry. However, as it stands, no matter what the application option is, the shift key consistently creates construction objects.

Another positive addition is that Sketch Block descriptions now become visible when you hover over the block definition in the blocks browser folder. This is a big improvement from before when the description was practically useless as it did not appear anywhere where it could easily be noticed and therefore was not easily discoverable.

Block descriptions in Inventor 2024.2

Sheet Metal flat patterns are now exportable to STEP. This is added to the existing options of DXF, DWG and SAT. The export to STEP is a simple solid, which is perfect for sharing in most cases.

Exporting sheet metal flat patterns in Inventor 2024.2 [Source: ENGINEERING.com]

In assemblies, Save and Replace All is now its own command. You can find this in the Productivity panel with other time-saving assembly tools.

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