|LT stands for "Limited Technology" - but don't let that sway you. There's a lot you can do.|
The general philosophy of an "LT" product is to focus on crucial, commonly used functionality and make it more accessible to a segment of our customers. Autodesk chose to use "LT" in the Autodesk Inventor LT name because the manufacturing world and Autodesk community have a good understanding of it from their experiences with AutoCAD LT. In that case, the "LT" nomenclature represents a limited-capability version of the original. This does not mean that AutoCAD LT and Inventor LT are alike, rather it means that a subset of features from the full product are now available, based on a need we heard from our customers. With Autodesk Inventor LT, we identified a subset of users in the supply chain who need to create, edit, and share 3D part designs, but do not necessarily need to build complete, robust 3D prototypes. There is a misconception that "LT" means "lite," but it really means more FOCUSED and commonly used technology. In AutoCAD LT what has been limited from the AutoCAD software are 3D capabilities, advanced customization, and network licensing. In Autodesk Inventor LT, it is 3D assembly modeling, integration, and customization.
Autodesk Labs is proud to announce the Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview. Created by the same Manufacturing Solutions Division that brings you Autodesk Inventor, it is available for a limited time free of charge from the Autodesk Labs site.
It can take up to 24 hours for the servers to update in all geographies. Some of you can get it now. For others, it will be coming soon to a server near you. Check the Labs site for the updated content. Note that a broadband connection is suggested since the installer is slightly less than 1GB in size.
The Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview differs from the Autodesk Inventor Suite 2008 product in that LT does not allow:
3D assembly modeling.
Special purpose functionality like modeling for sheet metal design or sharing of assemblies via Content Center.
Inclusion of AutoCAD Mechanical and Autodesk Vault.
Other than technologies available via Autodesk Labs, customization and third-party add-in capability.
That's what you can't do. Rather than be accused of being a Debbie Downer, what you can do (and there's a lot of it) includes:
3D part modeling with automated 2D drawing views and automated 2D updates.
Drawing interoperability via DWG TrueConnect and copy and paste from AutoCAD.
Via translators downloadable from Autodesk Labs, 3D multi-CAD import/export and translation.
Photoreaslistic rendering with Inventor Studio.
DWF publishing and markup roundtrip with Autodesk Design Review.
Once installed, you have a set of tools available as reflected in your Start menu.
As an Autodesk Inventor LT user, you will be able to share designs with other Autodesk Inventor LT users, AutoCAD users, or other users from the Autodesk Inventor family of products.
We are very excited about the opportunity to receive customer feedback from this technology preview from the United States and Canada.
The Autodesk Inventor LT Technology Preview licenses will time out on May 1, 2008. So there is plenty of time for you to provide your feedback. Technology previews like this help shape our actual products. Ideas for ever improving solutions for the manufacturing industry are very much alive in the lab.