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.
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.
In Navisworks, we are given the ability to "Walk" or "Fly" through a model. Can this be added to inventor as an option? In some places this would be helpful when dealing with expansive models. I think the perspective mode would have to be fixed so you don't get stuck in the center of the model when you zoom in too much.
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.
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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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!
IF I am not snapping to a DWG or to a grid - I ALWAYS want to move my asset immediately after placement. I have to go and select reposition. Why not just have the reposition triad be the placement triad?