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Asset View Representation Persistence

Status: Implemented
by Participant m.slosson on ‎08-17-2016 08:06 AM

Right now we can choose a View Representation to use for 2D asset creation upon 3d asset publish, but if a parameter changes once you place the asset in a layout, the 2d asset view that gets generated during AutoCAD Sync uses whatever view representation is currently active in the asset, regardless of whether a specific View Rep was specified when the asset was published. The 2d publish options for View Rep need to be persistent without regard to what the key parameter values are.

Status: Implemented

MEP Connector data inheritance

Status: Gathering Support
by Explorer sahire on ‎04-07-2016 07:23 AM

When we add ” BIM exchange “ connectors for Pipe flow , electrical connectors etc, to an asset, when that asset is consumed into an IAM, the connector detail is lost.


The enhancement is for the Assy to retain the BIM exchange info for each asset within the Assy IAM….


Please contact robin.ballew@autodesk.com for more details.


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 !


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Connector capability

Status: Gathering Support
by Collaborator Logos_Atum on ‎02-15-2013 12:17 AM

Hello there,


working with assets i encountered a problem.

When doin an array of Assets i noticed the fact

connectors do connect but fail to update when

the origiinating object of the array change.


I can bypass this by trying to move the object,

for it can´t be moved because it´s fixed but to

simply try to move it is enough to get Inventor

to update the asset to the object it´s connected



With very simple objects this is not necessary,

but with the objects i created this tends to happen.



Can this be fixed with an update? Seems like a

minor change to me.


Kind regards




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Toned view of ACAD link

Status: Gathering Support
by Contributor BiktimirovK on ‎11-02-2012 10:14 AM

I need have possibility of tone link from *.dwg file.

Using intersection feature with *.dwg link.

Using measurement feature with linked *.dwg file

I need possibility of using linked geometry via drawing creation.




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Put tolerances in assembly so you can check to make sure your assembly is within tolerance.

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.

Currently, if you use the feature property suppression option, (see attached) the suppression is not recognized when setting various levels of detail. I use this property for turning Clearance areas on and off. When there are multiple pieces of equipment that have these clearances, we use a Level of Detail to turn them all off or on as needed. Currently you have to actually suppress the part to add it to the Level of Detail in the assembly.

Status: Future Consideration
Currently, the only way this can be achieved is, as you have documented, through an assembly. If I am understanding correctly, you would like a concept of an LOD on a multi body part - that would allow you to suppress the features you want suppressed.... is that correct?

Link to Revit and back

Status: Future Consideration
by Collaborator j.vanderheijden on ‎11-20-2012 01:09 PM

Place your assy one to one in Revit maintaining your parameters and back.

This with the forward look on BIM



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

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.

Floor/ Grid Settings

Status: Gathering Support
by Contributor nischant on ‎09-06-2016 02:11 AM

Hello Autodesk people!


I have a few ideas/requests regarding the Floor Settings in Inventor Factory Design.


  1. Is it possible to remove the Floor Border? Not turn off visibility but having my Floor for example 100 meters long and 30 meters wide when I measure it, if I put those values in the ´Length/Width´fields, withought the additional Border.
  2. Is it possible to define my Coordinate system to be in a corner of my Floor for example? Even if I manipulate my Floor Size manually, I can´t get closer than 5 meters to my corner.
  3. The Floor Size – width/length have min and max values defined… can this be bypassed somehow to make my Floor smaller or larger than the values it allows in the User Defined Settings?





If the DWG overlay is huge, the view manipulation of performance is pretty low.

Is it neccessary to always show the dwg overlay in Inventor factory since the 3D assets have been populated?

So do you agree if we have new option to hide the DWG overlay after the 3D assets are shown in Inventor?

If the DWG overlay is hidden,the view manipulation of performance will be improved dramatically. Of course, sync AutoCAD from Inventor will not be affected.

Please vote the idea.




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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?

Status: Implemented

Two of best customers (Many seats) have Problems whith assets whith many Parameters

In Ilogic Formular we can change the order of Properties/Parameters and create Kategories.


In Factory we can only create Kategories for Propertys not for FX_Parameters and the Order ist Alphabetical.


Please Change the optics from Factory Property window and create an Editor like in Inventor Ilogic Formular 




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

Create Assets using Assets

Status: Accepted
by Collaborator Light_Guy on ‎10-19-2012 07:47 AM

We have discovered that while trying to make an asset, there is no way to use an existing asset in the creation of another. Assets should be accessible when creating assemblies not just when creating a factory layout. Many times we need to have assemblies that contain standard assets but we still need to be able to change those assets once they have been inserted. Right now you get an error that says that part contains a factory layout and cannot be used to make an asset. (see attached) This is because the only way to see the asset was to create a layout to insert it into.

Status: Accepted


it would be useful to be able to connect the simulation block (source, processor...) to existing connection. This is important in the case I have multiple conveyors and I need to send the item to the conveyor that already conveys other items. If the conveyor is full (maximum capacity has been reached), the item has to wait until it can proceed to the main conveyor (main connection).


Best ragards,

Martin Madaj.

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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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Forms in assets

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast UserPia on ‎10-30-2015 03:14 AM




I have made some assets with lots of variation, and have made the form to make it more easy to adjust when constructing the Asset.

Therefor instead of getting Asset properties in one straight line and with no order. The ability to group the properties or get the form into the asset would be a very huge relief.   


So the idea is:

Getting the possibility to Asign Forms to an Asset.

Or get the possibility to group the options in the asset properties.



This is just some of the Adjustments, NOT done with this one yet.


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