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Hello for all!


Allow factory properties on drawing resources. This is util to manage information on drawings, asset tags for example.


My suggestion it is on the screen below:



Allow the same information it is on the screen below:





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Process Analysis 360: Modeling Fluids

Status: Gathering Support
by Explorer msparks on ‎03-15-2017 03:33 PM

We’re using Process Analysis 360 software to model a fluid process.  The software does not appear to support fluid batch processes natively.  The reason is because the connecting lines between process equipment have a storage capacity, like a conveyor line would in moving a hard good from one machine to the next.  In fluid processing, this isn’t possible – the batch must be transferred from one machine to the next before the first can start again.


Trying to model this behavior by setting Capacity of connection to 1 doesn't model it correctly.  It doesn't quite work.


The reason is because the line connector still has a capacity of “1” unit minimum.  What happens is that if a downstream piece of equipment is busy, an upstream unit will still transfer in the connector and “wait” in that connector, while the upstream equipment starts another unit.  This is not possible in fluid process as the batch unit cannot sit in a pipe line (the connector here would represent a pipe line and not a conveyor as it is intended with hard good manufacturing).


With this problem, the upstream equipment process begins its next batch while the downstream is still busy with the previous batch, and the “orphan” batch just sits on the connector in limbo.  What needs to happen instead is that line connector cannot have any holding value – capacity of “0”.  Further, the processes connected by the connector need to integrate – the upstream process cannot transfer its unit until the downstream process is ready to receive it.  Because of this limitation we have to build out these production models in Excel manually.

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Everytime I open Factory Properties, I need to enlarge the first column (please see attached picture). It would be great if you can make it automatically resize with the lenght of the text.


I found this problem very annoying, pretty much all the factory blocks that has a big text on the left column needs to be adjusted every time you made some editing. It's absurd to keep doing this while I'm on the time crunch!


Inventor NEED to get this taken care off! Please!

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I would like to know if there could be a link between iparts/iassembly and dynamic block.



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



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!




It would be a great addition if it were possible to pan with a mouse scroll button like in Autocad, Inventor, Navisworks, etc ... Because it is a bit annoying to have to be selecting the pan command every time you need to move the camera and it is also simpler for new users who already use some CAD software.

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Hi Autodesk,


the FDS is incredible slow synchronizing larger layouts. Make is faster!!! I was playing a bit with LODs insidse FDS. Problem is, that ACAD don't know anything about LODs.



If I suppress components via LOD only the unsupressed components will be transmitted. This can speed up sync between INV and ACAD. To visualize the suppressed stuff inside ACAD I'm thinking about a special Layerset similar to the wonderful Layergroup-functionality in AutoCAD Mechanical.


So a couple of parts are suppressed in INV

- some are placed on layer green

- some are placed on layer red


These suppressed information (if they were already synchronized before!) will be moved on an additional temporarily layer named "LOD-green" and "LOD-red" and they are locked! These parts won't be synchronized!


Can speed up sync! 

Or make it faster anyway! I hate that blue circle of horror....








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Assets Categories

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast ederson.balbinot on ‎02-23-2017 03:11 AM

Hello everyone.


I would like to create a category like "Cut Assets" with the same functionality that exists when we want to put a new connection in the tube and pipes environment, when we want to place that connection in an existing tube.


I need this to work with walls mainly, so two categories "Cut Assets" and "Walls" could be created that could work together as in the case of pipes.


These assets would cut off the base asset and could be positioned with restrictions normally.


Pit assets are a good example, however, so we put assets vertically not just on floor components.



Factory Asset Properties.

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast wezpb on ‎02-21-2017 09:26 AM

would be a good idea to have the ability to create dropdown lists for the "custom" properties for Assets. 

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Asset adjustment

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast ederson.balbinot on ‎02-17-2017 09:30 AM

Currently when we want the asset to adapt to a size we can click the measurement tool (red frame) and the size will be placed in the asset.


However, this does not establish any further restriction. My suggestion is to use this concept of the measurement tool but the measurement would be performed between points A and B or A and C and the asset would be connected with the connectors shown.

Update Factory Asset

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast ederson.balbinot on ‎02-15-2017 04:03 AM



Currently it is not possible to update the assets through the Inventor API.


At least I could not if someone knew how to accept the answer with pleasure!


I would like to create an update command for the Assets through the API, currently the assets can be modified through parameters and it is totally possible to handle assets through the API.

However when values are exempted the asset on the screen is updated but its assets are not.


I believe it's simple to create this "update asset".



User Parameters as Export Parameter

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate TAR_Loki on ‎02-15-2017 02:29 AM

Hello again, ;)


It would be nice, to get the User Parameters also as Export Parameters, to use them in a part list.


Often we have information in that parameters, that we need also in a part list.


Kind regards,


FDS Parts list export to XML

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate TAR_Loki on ‎02-15-2017 02:26 AM

Hello together,


It would be nice, to export the part list, with all done Factory Properties (parameters) to an xml file.


The reason is, that we want to reread the parts list in our Camos (ERP System), to create automaticly an quotation with all nessassary informations.


Kind regards,


Connector Class Properties active or not

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate TAR_Loki on ‎02-15-2017 02:17 AM - last edited on ‎02-15-2017 02:19 AM |

Hi together,


yesterday I created a project drawing, where I used the connector points.

With the connector points I also used the created connector class.

Most time this is great, but yesterday it was not so usefull, because I need a different parameter like the connector classe told the asset.


As example:

I created two assets, a machine and an equipment, that belongs to the machine.

In the connector class, I told the equipment, to ask, which machine typ is connected to it. According to the machine typ, the equipment change his size.


So far, so good

But yesterday, I need a smaller size of the equipment and to make that possible, I had to delete the constrains that are created by using the connector points.


Now my Idea.

It would be great, to have an option, which turns the connector class on or of in an asset.




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Status: Implemented

Add Marking Menu when placing Assets

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate idubail on ‎01-25-2017 02:15 AM

When I place Assets in Inventor, I have to do a RMB, then Clic "Done", or hit "Enter" key.

Please add a marking menu to do it quickly !


Factory Marking Menu.png

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.


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:



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!


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