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!
I know that the Operation, Transportation, etc. defaults can be customized and saved in an AutoCAD template. However, I was wondering if these can somehow be added to AutoCAD profiles and then exported so that they can be imported into a different AutoCAD drawing. The thought behind this is to develop a facility or workcell layout and see how it stacks up in a multi-product environment. By using the AutoCAD profile, the hope is to only have one to generate one drawing, load the desired profile with the operation defaults, perform an analysis and then export the results as a spreadsheet. One could then combine multiple results spreadsheets into one and then chart out how the layout works for each product. The alternative is to copy the layout into multiple AutoCAD drawings created from the necessary templates.
I am not sure if this is a good idea or not, but seems to me to be an efficient way to transfer the operations data into AutoCAD drawings. The other idea I had, that is related, is to expand the Template Spreadsheet to include tabs for the various defaults. It would be nice to keep everything in AutoCAD, but the spreadsheet may be even faster...
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All fuctionality of AEC objects should transfer to Inventor. Most equipment locating is done from walls and columns so those should be availble for reference (realistic view not 2d wire frame) and snaping to when designing and creating the installation drawings.