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Two of best customers (Many seats) have Problems whith assets whith many Parameters

In Ilogic Formular we can change the order of Properties/Parameters and create Kategories.


In Factory we can only create Kategories for Propertys not for FX_Parameters and the Order ist Alphabetical.


Please Change the optics from Factory Property window and create an Editor like in Inventor Ilogic Formular 


When working on a Factory Layout it is to bad that the parameters can be changed trough the 'Factory Properties' only. You can't change the names of parameters, you can't change the order in which they appear, and the parameter names must have under scores. The nice Forms which can be made are not available in the Factory Layout.


My idea is to combine the functionality of the 'Factory Properties' and the Forms, and erase either one of them afterwards. This way Autodesk can reach a great improvement of both the user interface, intuitivity en simpleness of the program. It would anyhow bring the design and the use of assets closer to eachother, in my opinion.


Feel free to ask or share toughts.


Please also refer to:



Better Connector Points

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate mk92 on ‎06-16-2016 01:34 AM



if you have a very modular system in the FDS the connector Points are getting a mess for the Performance and handling in big layouts.


Nice examples:

If you have a conveyor with up to 10 supports in unregular distances you Need to create 10 connector Points.

 - It would be great to give connector Points the possibility to be used multiple times.


If we place a sideguard also all the connector Points for walls, supports, and so on Display but we dont Need them at this Moment

- It would be great to have a Setting like: Connector Point Support:1 only Shows up if you place an asset with an Support:1 in it or anything simular.




Asset Parameter real names + groups

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate mk92 on ‎07-26-2016 11:16 PM

In our assets we use our model variables they are a short form of the real names of our Parameters. We need them for the BOM we export directly from the FDS. So we aren't able to use the full name of our Parameters in the assets.


For our sales team or teams who don't use these variables every day its kind of hard to find the right parameters.


So it would be pretty helpful to use the Comment Function in the Parameter Window to add the real name.


In the FDS they could be visible like in Auto CAD. When you hover over the Parameter Name with the mouse cursor a small popup shows which contains:


Short Name

Long Name or Maybe a short description


Small thing but very useful!


In addition to this it would be nice to have the ability to deliver well sorted Parameter Lists to our users.


With this two Ideas from the Inventor Ideastation:





And new functions:





Kind regards


Display DWG overly in Inventor drawing

Status: Accepted
by Contributor 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.

Status: Accepted

Revit in FDS

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast wezpb on ‎01-20-2016 05:31 AM

I think it would e a good idea to include a version of Revit in FDS. how else would you conbine a Revit 3D model with a system model to enable to creation of contextual sections i.e. sections that include the building and the system. Inventor can import Revit but not the scale of projects that we work with.

Process Analysis 360

Status: Gathering Support
by Contributor DMRICSJN on ‎10-14-2015 05:07 AM

Hi Guy's

Process Analysis is easy to start and operate even as a newbee, but also very limited if it should work in a logistic or manufactoring industry!

I will apreciate if:

  • A SW tool for writing strings that constrain more sophisticated features e.g.  What if ...then or Case, Math functions or other Events
  • Input/output options from PLC SW
  • Inputs from e.g. external sensors
  • 3D illustations tools and/or smooth interaction with Inventor/Factory/Navis..



Measure from DWG Overlay

Status: Accepted
by Advocate mk92 on ‎03-08-2016 04:10 AM

It would be nice if we could measure from the 2D Overlay to 3D Faces or generally measure in the 2D overlay in Inventor. So actually you need to use Inventor and AutoCAD at the same time side by side.


Would be perfect together with this idea:

FDS Idea Station AutoCAD in Inventor Drawing


Because the important dimensions refer to customer's items, like walls, columns or somthing like that !




Status: Accepted

BOM Reference BUT normal in Drawing

Status: Under Review
by Advocate mk92 on ‎06-14-2016 06:38 AM


in many cases it would be helful to have the opportunity to mark a Part/Assets as a reference but keep it normal in the drawing. Therefore it would be great to have another Version of "Reference"!


- Not in the BOM

- Normal in Drawing (also the coloured view)



Status: Under Review

Hi, I'd like to display the name of the connectors of the assets during command Connector, and in the window Link connector when I manege the connector Link.
This feature is very useful when you have multiple connectors in the same position but with different orientations.

The name of the connectors should be visible in the graphics area with interactive selection and in the browser inside the components.


best regards


MEP Connector data inheritance

Status: Gathering Support
by Explorer sahire on ‎04-07-2016 07:23 AM

When we add ” BIM exchange “ connectors for Pipe flow , electrical connectors etc, to an asset, when that asset is consumed into an IAM, the connector detail is lost.


The enhancement is for the Assy to retain the BIM exchange info for each asset within the Assy IAM….


Please contact robin.ballew@autodesk.com for more details.




I would like the ability to label a parameter as key, but hide it from the view of the users.  That way it could be passed along via Connectors, but not accidentally edited by users.  For example, there may be some parameters that I set in the starter asset that gets passed along to each of the following assets.  These could either be explicit choices or values that are driven by a formula.  Regardless, I want that value to be passed along and consistent.


Unfortunately for a connector class file to be applied, it requires that passable parameters are set as Key, which will then display them in the Factory Properties dialog box in the layout.  This is what I would like to be avoided for some of the asset parameters, because the users may end up changing them...


Hopefully, this is clear, but if anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope all is well and have a most blessed day!

Status: Under Review

When checking in a layout that contains Factory Assets, those assets are automatically placed in a folder called 'Factory Assets' located at the root of the workingspace.  The option to change this location, ideally into a library folder, would be great.  We don't want the layout engineers to readily know where this folder is located.


Also have a Vault property located with the factory asset file, much like how Content Center files have the "IsCCfile" associated.

This way we can easily assign the asset to a workflow that has a 'locked' state as default.

Manage Factory Assets in Vault

Status: Implemented
by Enthusiast WillMorganmhs on ‎07-23-2015 10:33 AM

I am quite surprised that there is not a way to set up the factory assets to publish to a vault folder so that way the assets could be managed in vault.


What would be ideal would be if FDS could publish the assets to the library folder within Vault so assets could be shared across multiple users but be able to be republished and updated when the Library Manager updates or adds an asset. Then the end users could just "Get" the library folder after each update and their library would be up to date.

Status: Implemented

Connectors with various colors

Status: Accepted
by Participant SveinnIngi on ‎01-08-2014 04:27 AM

By selecting a connector in the browser while in the Asset Builder, the color gets selectable. However, it doesn't stick to it if the asset is published or the AB is closed.


I see huge value in different colored connectors to ease up the progress of making layouts. Many different people are making layouts in my company, but usually none of them are making the assets.


Then an extra step might be taken and we can only connect blue+blue, green+green, yellow+yellow etc.



Status: Accepted

2D assets

Status: Implemented
by Explorer tony.morley on ‎03-12-2014 07:49 AM

Here's My Idea:-


Why not have Inventor "variable" partameters exposed on to the 2D asset as a dynamic parameter within AutoCAD. example of which could be a conveyor with a length parameter, could this not be displayed just like a dynamic block when in the autocad environment??



Customized 2D Views in Inventor Drawing

Status: Under Review
by Advocate mk92 on ‎03-08-2016 04:15 AM

It would be nice if we could use customized 2D Views in Inventor drawings so we dont need to place every midlane by hand or make sketches in the Inventor drawing if a conveyor is rising or falling.

Status: Under Review

Change Template for 2D Asset Publish

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate JHUNT107 on ‎04-09-2015 06:44 AM

I recognize this is not a high priority, but I like to keep my templates folder simple/clean. I am trying to minimize questions from user like “Which template do I use?”


  • When publishing the english units asset, that will use template in the folder …\Templates\English\ANSI (in).dwg
  • When publishing the metric units asset, that will use template in the folder …\Templates\Metric\ANSI (mm).dwg

This is hard coded into FDS so you must have that file in your templates folder. If you do not then this error appears when publishing an asset.

"An error was encountered while attempting to generate the 2D asset DWG.

- Failed to get the default DWG template. The Publish operation is being terminated."



Provide a setting in "Factory Options" to define the English and Metric template for 2D Asset/Block Publishing.

Better replace with asset

Status: Accepted
by Advocate mk92 on ‎02-10-2016 06:05 AM

The replace with asset function in the Feature Pack is nice but it doesnt improve the workflow pretty much if the connectors doesnt reconnect. It would be nice if Connectors reconnect using their names. When you replace an asset it is mostly with anything similar and the connector points use the same names.

Status: Accepted

Factory Layers

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast wezpb on ‎05-11-2016 07:02 AM

It would be a great idea to have the option to use the layers, as set within the factory layout, on the drawings views.

e.g. a conveyor line has a layer set as "line 1" within the factory layout, when a view is created have a "tick box" option so that this conveyor line inherits the same layer when views are created. instead of the "visible" default layers.

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