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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.

5 Kudos

Automatically Create Asset Tags

Status: New Idea
by Mentor on ‎06-10-2014 02:28 PM



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!




5 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 :



| - 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.


3 Kudos

Asset labeling in Inventor Drawing

Status: New Idea
by Frank.Schmelzer on ‎05-25-2014 04:48 AM

There are many customers who do not use the Fds with Autocad. They do not use the Synchronisation between Autocad and Inventor. They only use Inventor for placing Assets to create their Layout and they use the Inventor Drawing for detailing the Factory Layout because it is easy to create side views and intersection views. Therefore it is not possible to use the asset labelling in the Inventor drawing. It would be a nice feature for them, if the object labelling of the assets, which can be done on the Autocad Layout, could be shown in the Inventor drawing.




Frank Schmelzer

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Currently, only assets will snap to a 2D drawing overlay in a factory layout. We need the ability to snap to that overlay during other functions as well such as sketching or just taking measurments. This is VERY frustrating not having this ability.

Status: Future Consideration
Can't get it in for 2014 release but.... we'll take a look for the future!!
7 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!




Status: Under Review
Interesting idea!! I'll see what we can do with it.
1 Kudo

Asset Tags in Inventor Drawings

Status: New Idea
by Mentor on ‎05-22-2014 09:02 PM



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!




5 Kudos

Asset Chaining Graphics - Update

Status: New Idea
by steve.schuchard on ‎02-11-2013 12:41 PM

Problem: Asset Chain Graphics is only a polyline when first created and requries a round trip for update. The polyline graphics are not effective or desirebale by the user and therefore may not be used.



Idea: Have a update graphics button (right click on Asset?) that would roundtrip the polyline to generate the planview graphics.

1 Kudo

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!




4 Kudos

Descriptors and/ or tags listing

Status: New Idea
by Contributor strijkp ‎03-06-2013 10:42 AM - edited ‎03-06-2013 10:43 AM
As far as I could fnd out, there is no asset descriptor/tag reporting tool available in FDS 2014. Can be a powerful way to report/BOM the layout.
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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
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Include AutoCAD Electrical and AutoCAD MEP

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



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.






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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.

2 Kudos

Unite the UCS's

Status: Under Review
by Mentor 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
1 Kudo

Ability to edit the generated 2D blocks Factory to create dynamic blocks, adding capabilities (visibility, scale, stretch, matrix, etc..)
I've tried to edit blocks and generated 2D Factory, not recognized back then updated Inventor from AutoCAD Architecture.
We're finding customers already asking us this feature, which would give infinite possibilities 2D/3D workflow.



2 Kudos



i´m testing the labs tool Process Simulation 360 and i think it is a great tool and easy to use. But i don´t know the meaning of MTTR and MTBF and there is no discription.


And now my idea:


Create my layout in ACAD Architecture and put in all of my material flow, product and so on. Export an XML or something else and load it in this new labs tool. In Process Simulation 360 i want to check out if my layout can reach my output or what happen if my processor is faster, slower or stops for 2 hours because of a crash in the maschine.


A nice to have: All operations and stations are in Process Simulation 360 from my ACAD layout export. 


Next: Process Simulation 360 integrated in Factory Design Suite 2013.





Status: Accepted
2 Kudos

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.

1 Kudo

AEC Objects should transfer to inventor

Status: New Idea
by wiemersb on ‎06-28-2013 02:04 PM

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. 

1 Kudo

Specify project build order in layout tools

Status: New Idea
by Board Manager 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.

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My company does large package sorting facilities with one hundred or more powered conveyors. We split up the system into drawings of two or three conveyors but all of these drawings need to reference the conveyor and structures around them. I have been adding the individual assemblies that I need into other assemblies as references as listed here http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Inventor-General-Discussion/Show-a-component-from-top-assembly-in-mult... I have run into an issue.


Insert ConvA.asm into ConvB.asm as a reference. Now when I make ConvB.dwg or .idw I can show the reference. What about when I want to reference ConvB.dwg in ConvA.dwg? I can't insert ConvB into ConvA since that would create a circular reference.


My second problem is that it is very cumbersome to add multiple sub assemblies into each other and then create custom levels of detail to show the references in the subassembly but not in the main assembly.


I think I have come up with a fairly straightforward solution to these problems.


What I would like to be able to do is select an option that would take the main assembly and suppress the subassembly (to eliminate circular references), shrinkwrap it, and insert it into the subassembly as a reference part that is suppressed when the subassembly is in main assembly. This would allow for easy collaboration between multiple engineers working on different subassemblies and greatly reduce the amount of time spent adding references.



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