Inventor® Nastran®

CAD-embedded finite element analysis software

Inventor Nastran overview video (3:13 min.)


Use a wider variety of study types and materials in your analysis

Inventor® Nastran® delivers finite element analysis (FEA) tools for engineers and analysts. Simulation covers multiple analysis types, such as linear and nonlinear stress, dynamics, and heat transfer.

Inventor Nastran is available only in the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection delivers tools that work right inside Inventor—including advanced simulation, 5-axis CAM, and nesting, plus AutoCAD and Fusion 360. The collection includes:

  • Inventor Nastran
  • Inventor
  • AutoCAD
  • And more

Inventor Nastran features

Autodesk Nastran solver

Use robust and accurate CAD-embedded analysis capabilities. (video: 1:46 min.)


Inventor integration

Go beyond the linear static studies in Inventor with embedded FEA technology. (video: 1:36 min.)


Heat transfer

Avoid assembly failure due to high thermal stress. (video: 2:32 min.)


Automated drop test

Automate projectile impact and virtual drop tests for phones, laptops, and many other products. (video: 1:45 min.)


Advanced material models

Model metals, rubber, and soft tissue in a single virtual test. (video: 4:19 min.)


Linear statics

Determine stress, strain, and deformation. (video: 1:35 min.)


Bolt connectors

Optimize bolted connections in your designs. (video: 3:55 min.)


Autodesk CFD interoperability

Import data from Autodesk CFD, and apply thermal and fluid pressure results. (video: 46 sec.)


Video: Examine time history events and see how they can affect large structures based on their natural frequencies

Response spectrum analysis

Analyze earthquake and wind loading. (video: 1:11 min.)


Automatic midplane mesher

Idealize thin solid models as a shell. (video: 1:08 min.)


Frame Generator idealization

Select which structural members will be automatically idealized as beams. (video: 2:13 min.)


Linear buckling

Analyze structures, such as columns and beams, for catastrophic failure under certain loading conditions. (video: 41 sec.)

Static fatigue

Determine the durability of structures under repeated loading, including low- and high-cycle fatigue.

Impact analysis

Solve impact events and drop testing of all types of nonlinearities at the same time.

Surface contact

Accurately simulate and model parts with different kinds of contact, such as sliding, friction, and welding.

Frequency response

Determine the structural harmonic response, based on frequency-dependent loads.


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