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pabethell

Display DWG overly in Inventor drawing

Status: New Idea
by pabethell on ‎07-01-2014 04:04 PM

Would like the ability to deplay the DWG overlay in the Inventor drawing. 

Also would like to able to create dimensions relative to the dwg overlay.

I believe this is a key feature missing from the factory design suite. This would allow me to present one drawing file that contains all the 2D and 3D representations.

3 Kudos
petestrycharske

Automatically Create Asset Tags

Status: New Idea
by Distinguished Contributor petestrycharske on ‎06-10-2014 02:28 PM

All,

 

Would it be possible to add functionality to automate the creation of asset tags.  For example if I have a sequence of items, like a conveyor line, I would like to add asset tags to each one and apply serial numbers.  However, it is quite cumbersome to have to add asset tags to each one.  It would be great if I could select on an item, say a component "Base:1" and then apply asset tags to each member of the family (Base:2, Base:3, etc.). 

 

My initial thoughts would be to create a special workpoint / connector, to attach the asset tag, on each published asset.  Then the command could be launched and a prefix could be assigned (maybe have the project number first, then the serial number) and Inventor would then go through each occurrence of the part and apply the next asset tag to it.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope all is well and have a most blessed night!

 

Peace,

Pete

4 Kudos

When we create a sublayout from an existing factory layout, we can choose the name of the sublayout but not it's location on the workspace. It would be great to add this ability in order to position the manufacturing lines were we want.

For example I have one building with 3 lines that I want to have in separate layouts to ease the implantation process. My ideal folder structure would be :

 

- WORKSPACE

| - Customer01

| | - general_layout.iam

| | | - line01

| | | | - line01.iam

| | | - line02

| | | | - line02.iam

| - Customer02

| | - C2_general_layout.iam

.....

 

With the actual settings, if I use the sublayout button directly in Inventor, all the sublayout (my lines in this example) will be in the workspace folder.

 

1 Kudo
petestrycharske

Asset Tags in Inventor Drawings

Status: New Idea
by Distinguished Contributor petestrycharske on ‎05-22-2014 09:02 PM

All,

 

I am working on document factory layouts in the Inventor drawing environment, but have hit a snag.  The drawing environment is great for creating my plan, iso and side views, but I don't seem to be able to bring the Asset Tags (haven't tried Descriptors yet) into the drawing environment.  Can we add this functionality into the drawing environment to save time having to relabel the components?  This could either be placed near the asset, like in the AutoCAD sync'd file, a property in a text box pull down or even something that could be placed into a parts list.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope all is well and have a most blessed day!

 

Peace,

Pete

17 Kudos
steve.schuchard

Asset Republish

Status: Under Review
by steve.schuchard on ‎11-07-2012 10:45 AM

When Creating Assets, often I have to repeatedly republish the asset. It would be nice to have a Republish workflow that could do the following with one button:

 

- publish to same folder

- publish with the same asset name (to overwrite)

- Set 2D View Options.

 

Also, if the asset has already been published, these setting should be remembered.

Status: Under Review
2 Kudos
jberns

Include AutoCAD Electrical and AutoCAD MEP

Status: New Idea
by Valued Contributor jberns on ‎10-02-2013 05:22 PM

Autodesk,

 

Please consider including AutoCAD Electrical in the suite to support wiring the equipment. ACE is already included in PrDS, FDS users could benefit also.

 

Also please consider adding AutoCAD MEP to add support for wiring and plumbing the building to run these utilities to the machine equipment.

 

If machinery moves it would be great if the building wiring/plumbing model could update.

 

This could provide an even more complete BOM of equipment and MEP requirements for a design layout.

 

Please don't raise the cost of FDS Ultimate.

 

If ACE or ACMEP cannot be included, please make them available as an add-on module for a reasonable cost (less than $500).

 

Thanks for your time and attention.

 

 

Regards,

 

Jerry

5 Kudos

If one uses Factory Assets and Connectors to configure a new piece of equipment on a Factory Layout, it would be handy to publish this new equipment configuration as its own Factory Asset, from the Factory Layout environment.  This is similar to the idea of "Creating Assets using Assets".  Hope all is well and have a blessed day!

 

Peace,

Pete

Status: Under Review
Interesting idea!! I'll see what we can do with it.
5 Kudos
j.vanderheijden

Link to Revit and back

Status: Future Consideration
by Mentor on ‎11-20-2012 01:09 PM

Place your assy one to one in Revit maintaining your parameters and back.

This with the forward look on BIM

4 Kudos
mike.jolicoeur

Point cloud insert workflows (scaling)

Status: New Idea
by Employee mike.jolicoeur on ‎10-17-2012 06:27 AM

Point clouds should know the scale of the document they are going into and attempt to scale accordingly.  Point clouds typically are meter by meter by meter for scaling size - if the point cloud goes into a layout that is in MM it should scale - or if it is into an inch layout it should scale to imperial - if nothing else, have it work similar to block inserts in AutoCAD for the interaction.  (see attached)  IT is very confusing for the users in imperial - typically the cloud comes in 254x too small. 

Status: New Idea
1 Kudo

By creating an element with variants. No operations are updated when changing variant decals.
It should update all transactions without exception.
You should be able to edit the 2D block to be generated. To put elements in different layers, colors, line types, attributes, etc..
If you edit the generated 2D block factory (In AutoCAD Architecture for a change of color, line type, attributes, etc..), Might not work in AutoCAD flow -> Inventor correctly.

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mike.jolicoeur

Point cloud insert (positioning)

Status: Implemented
by Employee mike.jolicoeur on ‎10-17-2012 06:29 AM

Today, when inserting a point cloud, the placement is arbitrary - that is, is selects the point I picked in space.  That is NEVER where I want it.

 

I want:

 

- Allow me to snap the cloud to a point in my layout

-Allow me to send it to 0,0,0 if I wish (99% of the time this is what I would want)

Status: Implemented
The 0,0,0 is implemented. the snap to point would not work as the snap in point is based on 0,0,0 in the point cloud.
2 Kudos
Light_Guy

Unite the UCS's

Status: Under Review
by Distinguished Contributor Light_Guy on ‎12-17-2012 05:40 AM

Why does the FDS layout have a different UCS than standard Inventor files? It makes for some frustrating moments when inserting non-asset part files. It's not that it causes problems, its just annoying!

Status: Under Review
2 Kudos
mcmahor

Default layer attribute for factory assets

Status: Implemented
by Board Manager mcmahor on ‎11-02-2012 08:34 AM

Factory assets should have an attribute that allows the asset creator to specify what the default layer the asset should be assigned to when it is placed in a drawing. The benefit of this feature is time savings and repeatabiliyt of workflow.

 

This requirement was gathered at the customer roundtable in Milan, Oct 2012.

Status: Implemented
Layers supported in Inventor environment. The user can now set a layer, and any object placed will be on that layer. Users can also move objects to other layers.
2 Kudos

The user should be able to find where assets have been used - in what documents. Users should be able to update those assets and have the drawings reflect the changes. Teh benefit of the feature would be that it saves a significant amount of time searching for where an asset was used and manually replacing them.

 

This requirement was gathered at the customer roundtable in Milan, Oct 2012.

1 Kudo
mcmahor

Specify project build order in layout tools

Status: New Idea
by Board Manager mcmahor on ‎02-10-2013 05:35 AM

The user can specify in Inventor or AutoCAD the order that an asset is placed in a project. Factory Asset attributes can be used to specify the phase and/or order a given asset is commissioned. This information can be interpreted by Navisworks for the 4D / timeliner process.

1 Kudo

Currently, if you use the feature property suppression option, (see attached) the suppression is not recognized when setting various levels of detail. I use this property for turning Clearance areas on and off. When there are multiple pieces of equipment that have these clearances, we use a Level of Detail to turn them all off or on as needed. Currently you have to actually suppress the part to add it to the Level of Detail in the assembly.

Status: Future Consideration
Currently, the only way this can be achieved is, as you have documented, through an assembly. If I am understanding correctly, you would like a concept of an LOD on a multi body part - that would allow you to suppress the features you want suppressed.... is that correct?
1 Kudo
BiktimirovK

Double-sided link to Revit

Status: New Idea
by BiktimirovK on ‎11-02-2012 10:08 AM

I need updated link from *.iam to *.rvt file, with Axes and Levels support. I need possibility of using linked *.rvt geometry and axes via drawing creation.

0 Kudos

I have been working on developing some workflows using the same AutoCAD building layout and then placing it as an XRef into different AutoCAD sublayouts.  These workflows work great for the FDS Standard version, but I have discovered a problem when syncing to Inventor.  For some reason it won't let me sync from Inventor to AutoCAD because it wants to overwrite the XRef files.  It would be much easier to simply see any XRef files as references also in Inventor and not attempt to overwrite them during the Sync process.  That way a master layout overlay could be used multiple times in a large comprehensive design.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope all is well and have a most blessed day!

 

Peace,

Pete

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I have worked with many shop floor layouts that come from different contractors who don't have a good understanding of how to structure layers and thus the need arises to mere several layers into one. Shop floor layouts usually contain different colors and line types to help communicate the layout and flow of the layout. The merger command combines multiple layers into one layer then deletes the old layers but does not have an option to retain the properties of the objects within the layers that were merged. Could you add option (dialog box) to ask if you would like to retain object properties (Color, line type) when merging layers. Thanks!

0 Kudos
petestrycharske

Selective Material Flow Data Export

Status: New Idea
by Distinguished Contributor petestrycharske on ‎08-28-2013 07:45 AM

All,

   I have been working on a way to design an overall facility layout and then build the work cells individually as subassemblies, which I can then XRef into the drawing.  When I export the overall factory material flow data, I get everything in the XML.  What I would like to do is to select just the routings, stations and products that are required for a given subassembly.  For example, if I have a CNC machining work cell, I would like to only export the XML data for that workcell and then import that specific XML file into the proper subassembly.

   I haven't seen a way to do this yet and I suppose I could modify the XML file myself, but I think it would be a smoother workflow to simply choose the data to export and then save that XML file with a customer filename.  Please let me know if I am talking crazy or if there is a different workflow that I could use to accomplish this.  If you have any questions, or would like some examples, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope all is well and have a most blessed day!

 

Peace,

Pete

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