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DBInventor – Autodesk PDM

DBInventor is the MechWorks addin for Autodesk Inventor.

DBInventor leverages program functionality, including Inventor’s® complex document dependencies.

With a direct integration into Inventor’s® Browser and Ribbon-Menu, DBInventor establishes a uniquely powerful PDM/PLM environment while maintaining Inventor’s® ease of use.

Our superior integration with Inventor® eliminates repetitive tasks with ease.




  • Start with the basic functionality right after installing with no extra training.
  • Enhanced data entry: create a list of values or retrieve values from other data sources on the network.
  • VBScript enabled fields can be filled based on any scripting or application. As you need better organization, DBInventor provides the tool to create automatic numbering systems or drive actions on specific DBInventor events.
  • Save drawings with the name of the part/assembly automatically or copy information from the part/assembly record to the drawing record.
  • Title blocks update themselves automatically and are so flexible that they can be the result of a script you create.
  • Concurrent engineering: notify team mates working on linked documents.
  • Complete revision history.
  • DBInventor handles configurations correctly and is compatible with revision history.
  • Basic rights management with Administrator and User rights.
  • Graphic tools to easily customize tables, record viewing  and external outputs.
  • Customizable Html output, to create a browsable web site illustrating all the documents in your project/assembly.
  • Customizable BOM output in Excel sheets, ready for printing or editing, retrieves data from external data source and performs automatic calculations.
  • Material Wizard Assign density to a part through a material database searching by family, subfamily or supplier.
  • Outlook Style shortcut bar Organize queries, scripts, layout in custom folders, dynamic layouts display neat, accessible information for any type of document.
  • Drawing « Part/Assembly Link Mode Force revisions of part/assemblies to their drawings revisions.
  • DBWFilter enhanced searching tool Used in conjunction with feature names, DBWFilter can ease the search of documents that use the same type of features.
  • Previous revisions multiple visualization Review and compare multiple revisions of a document in view only mode.
  • Revision ROLL BACK Collapse the current revision to a previous revision with automatic removal of redundant revisions.
  • DBWACLServer File Security Service Manages Windows file system protection on Inventor documents for absolute security.
  • Local checkout mode Separates released documents from work-in-progress allowing viewers to refer only to approved items.
  • Project « User management Manage the assignment of projects to DBInventor users, preventing them from viewing other projects’ documents.
  • Remote Access Share the database as well as the documents with remote installations.
  • Workflow Integrated Workflow module with graphical processes designer.
  • Briefcase Save and retrieve in/from a single zip file portions of the database including all the documents and their previously released versions. Ideal for working with remotely collaborating companies or subsidiaries.
  • Master Drawing Mode DBInventor considers that the drawings used internally to the company for production are not in the native CAD format, but in a industry standard format like TIFF or PDF DBInventor is able to preview/open/plot/visualize previous revisions, directly managing the master drawings and not the native CAD drawing.
  • Fast Preview for PDF documents.
  • Released Database Mode Maintain two databases in sync inside your company.
  • DBWARM DBInventor Access Rights Manager.


  • WebClient (requires DBWARM)


R16 R17 R20


Inventor 2021 (‡) x v
from R17sp2.16
Inventor 2020 (‡) x v
from R17sp2.11
Inventor 2019 x v
from R17sp2.1
Inventor 2018 x v x
Inventor 2017 v v x
Inventor 2016 v v
up to R17sp2.10
Inventor 2015 v x x
Inventor 2014 v x x

Operating system (x64 only)

Windows 10 v v v
Windows 8.1 x v v
Windows 7 v v v
Server 2019 x v v
Server 2016 x v v
Server 2012 v v v
Server 2008 v v x


SQLServer 2019 x v v
SQLServer 2017 x v v
SQLServer 2016 v
from R16sp0.1
v v
SQLServer 2014 v v v
SQLServer 2012 v v v
SQLServer 2008 R2 (****) v v x


Supported virtualization systems are VMWare Workstations.


Due to unpredictability of performance impact, we are not going to debug or support file encryption software working on our parameter or temporary files.

click here for Legacy Systems Compatibility

Product Support

(***) Mainstream support, with a current subscription service maintenance plan, includes access to technical support, resources within the MechWorks support site, and service pack updates to issues.

(**) Extended support, with a current subscription service maintenance plan, includes access to technical support, and resources within the MechWorks support site.No further service packs will be made available for this release.

(*) Obsolete product, no support at all.

(****) Microsoft stopped supporting on 2019, July 9th.

(‡) Full preview is available only if Inventor View is installed. Please read the FAQ Full Preview Issues for details.

MechworksPDM R20sp0.3 has been released

About 2 months ago from Mechworks's Twitter

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