Several customers have now requested that FDS allow users to compute the Return On Investment for their projects. This would allow users to understand project costs earlier in the design phase and have faster iteration of design optimization.
- Examine project costs to make sure designs are within budget
- Study several different designs to see which has the best results (is my design getting better or worse with these options?)
- Simplify the transfer of cost data to analysts for a comprehensive study
How it could work:
- Factory assets have attributes associated with costs (machine cost, consumables, energy consumption, throughput, utilization, yield, etc). Some of these are standard, some are user created, all are populated with user data.
- Assets are placed as required in a project or layout
- User selects relevant portions of a project and layout and exports to spreadsheet
- Cost attributes of selected assets are placed in a spreadsheet for calculation
- Optionally, users can select a spreadsheet template for the type of analysis they want to perform
The ultimate should include the REVIT family of products. Looks like I will have to purchase the Building Design Suite to get more of the products I need and forgo the Factory Design Utilities since it can not be purchases out side of the suite. It is to Costly to purchase the Factory design suite and then purchase the REVIT products along with it at $5,500 each ($15,000).
Allow us to include the green connector in iParts. this way we can use already created iPart factories / children for assets. We have occasion to use Factory design utilities with iParts factories which contain 100's of variations. I do not want to publish them as individual assets one at a time!
This is a productivity enhancement. Basically customers spend a lot of time exploding blocks down to geometry and then creating a single block. This request is to automatically:
- Flatten all nested block refs down to geometry
- Create a block of the resulting geometry, moving all geometry to a user specified layer optionally
- Instancing the block back into the DWG