Or, is AutoCAD still going to be around for a long while? My guess, it will be around for quite a while. While I cannot cite any specific declaration from Autodesk, reading between the lines can be most telling.
“We aren’t at the Star Trek level of computing”. Could you imagine for the latest crisis that Kirk has discovered, Spock and Scotty pulling out some papers to reconfigure engineering to save the universe? Nope, me neither. We aren’t there yet.
Inventor and AutoCAD: Regardless of the 3D modeling package you use, documentation is going to be 2D. Paper is flat, as long as we are outputting on paper, then there will be the need for AutoCAD. Over the past few releases, more and more, AutoCAD is becoming the default documentation for Inventor, as evidenced by two specific GUIs within AutoCAD:
AutoCAD’s Layout Tab:
Now, instead of pushing from the Inventor environment to AutoCAD, natively you can access Inventor models from directly inside of AutoCAD. Another “between the lines” in Inventor, the default installation setup now defaults to the AutoCAD DWG for documentation.
AutoCAD’s Parametric ...