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Hello,

 

I just read about the chain builder in the Factory Warehouse. It would be pretty nice if we could use this tool directly in the FDS.

 

Things we need :

- Draw the polyline also in Inventor (we don't want to leave Inventor :D)

- Make an Chain Asset out of our own assets and define the length and so on with our own parameters (also our own native language) 

- Define which asset is the straight, turn, Y-Piece, and maybe 30°/45° lines from a straight line

- Define the connectors which should be used

 

Kind regards

All,

 

Good afternoon!  I would love an option to add a drawing file (IDW or DWG) to a published asset.  Ideally, I would like to create an asset (even an assembly asset) and be able to place views in a drawing, dimension and even add a Parts List.  When ready to publish the asset, I would like to add the drawing file as well as an NWC file, and the drawing file would automatically update, as the asset is modified inside an assembly.  Now when I create a layout, instead of having an entire BOM of all the parts, I could open up the drawing of a specific assembly asset and see its BOM and detailed drawing.  This would help with more assembly operations where users have to see how the assets are constructed (or send instructions to the final installer).  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope all is well and have a most blessed night!

 

Peace,

Pete

Hi,

it would be nice if the "active connections" would be displayed into the model browser. In big layouts its a mess to find the correct connection.

 

Could look like this:

ActiveConnections.png

 

Asset Parameter in genereral

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate mk92 on ‎11-03-2016 12:11 PM

Together with petestrycharske and olegd.prod we discussed about the usability of Asset Parameter. Also i will try to combine ideas i found in the Idea Station.

 

1. Parameter Visibility - we would like to be able to determine which Parameter is shown depending on other Parameter.

Example: Motor = Yes, Motortype is Shown Else Motor = No ,Motortype isnt shown.

[Link to discussion]

[Idea from petestrycharske]

 

2. Parameter category and organization - we need to be able to create categories in the Parameter window.

Example: Base, Motor, Support...

Also we need the possibility to organize the Parameter logically and not alphabetical.

My example from the thread:

"Imagin buying a car or even better a electronic device where your knowledge isn't really the best. And the configurator on the website shows you a huge list of things you can add and parameters to change, and the half of them is without any use on your special case and additionally the parameters are in an order which doesn't make any sense because its alphabetical. I think enrage is the word we need there."

[Idea: Real Names and Groups]

[Idea: Edit like iLogic formular]

 

3. Copy Parameter from one Asset to the other - this Feature would save a lot of time.

I explained it here:

[Idea: Match parameter]

 

4. Using comments for Explanation - often technical Parameters arent the real names so it would be helful to deposit the Information anywere so when you hover over the Parameter in the asset an Pop up window appears with the Explanation in it.

 

5. Passing NonKey Parameter throught connector Points would also be very helpful. Because not every Information, maybe some Information for calculating something, is important to Show to the user.

petestrycharske mentioned this in his Idea.

 

If i have missed anything do not hesitate to add ideas with a comment!

 

To save time with complex assets it would be nice if we had the option to create the assets variants directly while uploading the asset to the library.

 

Also it would be good if the asset placement begins after you choose the variant from the list directly.

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

Asset Audit before Publishing

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate JHUNT107 on ‎10-14-2016 01:58 PM

Maintaining lightweight assets in your library is key to FDU performance. I would like FDS to run an audit on the asset before publishing.

 

  • Reflective Appearances on whole model or faces.
  • File Size
  • Number of Faces
  • Work planes, axes, points visibility OFF.
  • Blank Asset Properties

The checks could be configured based on the company needs. I'm sure other checks would be useful.

Better Connector Points

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

Hello,

 

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.

 

Regards

 

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.

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:

 

Groups:

http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/inventor-ideas/custom-parameter-groups/idi-p/6447176

 

And new functions:

http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/inventor-ideas/parameters-dialog-overhaul/idi-p/4774867

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

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

All,

 

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

Asset Republish

Status: Implemented
by Participant 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: Implemented

Please please please please fix the Plugin so it doesn't overwrite my keyboard customizations all the time. 

 

The default setup is ridiculous. I want to draw a Circle in a sketch. In plain Inventor I press C and I'm ready to go. In FDS Inventor I have to Press C + Enter... 

 

It's the same with T for text and C for constrain and on and on and on... oh and F for fillet. Why are Facebook and Twitter even options in there? 

 

I understand why you may want to set them initially, but in no way should a plugin EVER override the settings a user has implemented with in the UI.

 

This has driven me nuts for 3 years now... my only regret is it's taken this long to post it on the Ideastation.... I have however brought it up for the last 3 years during the beta and this sillyness is still in the product... I mean come on, Facebook and Twitter shortcuts from within a Sketch? I would have loved to have been in the room when that idea was suggested. Bonkers. 

 

My sarcasm is justified when you consider how much of a pain this is on a daily basis. Please fix this ASAP.

Status: Implemented

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

Many times I'll break a layout up into sub-layouts.  I'd like the ability to apply some sort of tag to objects that reside in a sub layout from the top level or an upper level layout.  A good example would be adding operation tags - (ie OP 010, 020)

 

 

Currently asset tags attach to assets ONLY.  With some of my customers equipment may never become an asset (one off, not re-used elsewhere) and they still need to be tagged.  Perhaps these would have to be a different kind of tag - other than asset tag.

Better replace with asset

Status: Implemented
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: Implemented

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.

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

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

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