It's both. But, there are definetly areas that needs to be improved on the engineering side. Take for example, any of the Power Transmission calculators on the Design tab. There is some great information there, if we knew how to use it. As an engineer, I have tried to use the "Press Fit Calculator" and struggled with it.... ended up doing it by hand or with a different calculator.
JD posted about the lack of information in this area a while back in this post.
According to the internet, my table saw sucks. Yet, I built a sharp looking entertainment center with it. I will let you decide.
I'll need pictures if I'm going to make a decision here.
I'd have to say it's both. I've seen plenty of places that use it mainly for modeling and detailing where only the drafters and designers have access to it. Other places I've seen engineers use it right along side the drafters and designers.
Inventor is in no way a one trick pony, it all comes down to how you use it or what you want to use it for.
Based on my experience with both Inventor and SW side by side at one client, Inventor was used more often by the Engineers, even ones that came in as SW users. Once they got their bearings on how to use Inventor, they basically refused to go back to SW.
The last time I've seen and used SW it was basically a glorified drafting tool....it allowed you to create nice models and was fairly capable of detailing those models...but then again I know numerous places that will model in SW and then detail those models in ACad....what's that tell you about detailing in SW?
Again, if you want to use the Engineering aspects of Inventor, I'd dive in deep and learn how to use the tools it offers. Granted, they may have some issues but please tell me a software that is this complex that doesn't have any issues at all? Hell, how many times in a single month do we need to accept updates for Windows or Adobe? And don't even get me started on the number of service packs and patches SW forced me to keep up with.
"Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?"
One could ask the same question about a pencil. I'd say it depends on the skill of the operator.
Well, I don't know about your table saw, but your entertainment center definitely doesn't suck.
... to hear an engineer say that they have moved into management and do not use Inventor because Inventor is for drafting persons and not engineers. ...
Promoted beyond their level of competence.