Create Revit Content from Autodesk Inventor Models

31 Jul, 2017 By: Jason Swiercz

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Learn how to convert Inventor files into BIM models for Revit, and the improvements made to Inventor 2018 to help users with that process.


The next step, in previous versions of Inventor, was to add connection information if needed. To do this, go to the Environments tab and select BIM Exchange. The MEP Author allows users to add connector information to their design that will carry over to Revit. This is not needed in all cases; it depends on the design.

I will use a duct connection to show the needed steps. Once the connection type is activated, select an edge to define the connection location. A lot of users mistake the arrow that appears as flow direction, which is not the case. Typically, connectors should point away from the host component. The directional command located in the dialog box can reverse the arrow direction if needed. Next, select the system type that best fits, and enter any property information you would like to define the design in more detail.

Next, select the Export Building Components command. In the dialog box, define whether the file will be exported as a Revit family, Autodesk exchange file, or IFC file. Now define the component type by selecting the folder icon. A separate dialog box will open where you can make your selection. The next step is to fill out any property information, if needed. The last step is to define the orientation, then apply changes.

We will now go through the workflow for a part file created in 2018. The simplification tools have been moved in 2018. You can now locate them in the 3D Model tab> Simplification panel. One major difference between the previous versions of Inventor and the 2018 version is the removal of Revit Recognition tools. In 2018, we only need to simplify the model with the three commands in the simplification panel. After the simplification is completed (if needed), activate the BIM Content command from the Environment tab.

You will notice that the BIM Content ribbon in 2018 and the BIM Exchange ribbon from previous versions are the same, except for Author Building components and Upload to Configurator 360. The Author Building Components command enables users to specify the OmniClass category, model properties, and model orientation for the exported BIM content. The OmniClass categories are listed by number and title, with matching Revit Category and use 2006 classifications. The orientation can be configured by model origin or view cube. The Component properties can be filled out and will have similar categories as previous versions. Once finished, click Apply and OK.

The next step is to export the model. To do this, select the Export Buildings Components command, name your file, and select the file type to export.

Once finished, a translation report will be generated.

2017 Model Simplified

2017 Model

2018 Model

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