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Optimize and present digital factory layouts

Factory Design Suite combines factory-specific design, visualization, and analysis tools with interoperable, cloud-based workflows. Help improve efficiency, accuracy, and communication with Factory Design Suite.


Cloud service is available with a subscription or purchase of a perpetual license with maintenance plan.

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    Facility layout design with AutoCAD

  • Snap to command during Reposition New


    New AutoCAD functionality includes productivity enhancements. The Reposition command now has a "snap to” option. This option lets you reference other existing geometries and makes offsetting and aligning assets much easier.

  • Connectors for AutoCAD assets New


    Another AutoCAD productivity enhancement is the addition of connectors on assets. Similar to the functionality in Inventor, you now get marker representations of connector points directly in AutoCAD drawings to ease connection between assets.

    Only available for assets published in the 2015 and more recent Factory Design Suite feature pack, the suite includes a utility for updating assets to take advantage of this functionality.

  • Associate 3D models with AutoCAD assets New


    Factory assets can have 2D and 3D representations. With Factory Design Suite, you can now associate a 3D CAD model with an existing factory asset. Syncing from AutoCAD to Inventor automatically creates 3D models by replacing 2D assets with 3D versions.

  • Asset replacement New


    Conceptualize and design the layout. As product and equipment details become available or ready for release, refine your layout by replacing assets.

  • Asset parameters in AutoCAD New


    Support for asset parameters in AutoCAD provides consistency with Inventor functionality. Enables design in context and application efficiency.

  • Advanced AutoCAD workflows for facility layout


    Take advantage of workflows built specifically for factory layouts in AutoCAD design and documentation software. Experience greater accuracy and more efficient workflows with 1:1 bidirectional associativity between AutoCAD and Inventor files.

  • Expedite designs with a library of assets


    Speed design with a large library of 2D assets. Search, modify, and reuse content, and publish your own frequently used assets to the cloud. Quickly access parametric factory content—conveyors, material handling equipment, robots, electrical equipment, and more—instead of creating items manually. The suite includes smart facility objects—such as walls, doors, windows, and column grids—and enables you to easily resize and edit models based on your layout requirements.

  • Reserve space with asset chaining workflows


    Save space in AutoCAD and automatically generate 3D chains in Inventor with custom assets like conveyors or fences. The asset chaining functionality takes a simple path drawn in AutoCAD and converts it into a chain of assets. So, you have a familiar and easy-to-use workflow and an expedited facility layout process overall.

  • Analyze facility layouts directly in AutoCAD


    Evaluate facility design scenarios and improve facility layouts earlier with AutoCAD analysis tool. Get leaner manufacturing operations by improving the efficiency of your factory design. Analyze layouts for efficient material flow, machine utilization, and energy consumption in the early stages. 

    Factory planning, visualization & analysis

  • Reality capture support updates New


    We've dramatically improved synchronization of point cloud data sets between AutoCAD, Inventor, and Navisworks software. Accurately represent the as-is state, regardless of which tool you're in.

    With Real View support from ReCap 360, view panoramic photographs taken during laser scanning. View the photographs in the context of their design tasks for a more realistic representation of the point cloud data.

  • Combine and visualize large facility layouts


    Aggregate manufacturing facilities, production line layouts, and industrial machinery from various CAD systems. With this ability to incorporate various assets, you can produce real-time fly-through and walk-through simulations to effectively present layouts and collaborate with design team stakeholders during facility planning.

  • Early interference detection


    Conduct clash analysis and check for clearances digitally to reduce installation risks before you make any expensive capital equipment commitments.

  • Dynamic presentations from CAD data


    Transform CAD data into compelling imagery and movies. Doing so can improve the factory design review process and protect data. Alternatives, photographic environments, and an extensive material library enable factory designers to produce marketing-quality presentations and visualization in a short time with minimal effort.

  • 3D animation for communicating design intent


    Produce cinematic-quality animation that enables clients to see your digital factory in motion. Lifelike images and stunning animations can accurately demonstrate the factory layout design and help to differentiate your work from the competition.

  • Simulate installation sequences


    Simulate construction schedules and logistics in 5D (3D + time + cost) to help analyze project activities and minimize cost and sequencing problems.

  • Efficient capture of the as-built state


    Incorporate point cloud scans to capture the as-built state of your factory, drastically reducing time spent on manual measurement. Point cloud support in Inventor and AutoCAD enables factory planning designers to place assets in context of the actual state of the facility. Use Navisworks project review software to run clash detections between point clouds and the solid models that make up the factory layout.

  • Point cloud workflows


    Align, orient, and crop point clouds to the region of interest. Use them for collision detection, large asset alignment and fit, and clearance analysis. ReCap reality capture software and services help you create intelligent 3D models from laser scans. Clean, organize, and visualize massive data sets more easily.

  • Vault integration with FDS


    Open layouts and assets directly from Vault data management software. Integration with Vault enables you to manage version and access control for factory projects and assets. Keep track of changes to the layout or design of your factory, and effectively communicate and collaborate on edits as they happen.

  • Efficient design of large, complex assemblies


    Work with integrated tools to design, visualize, and simulate large, complex assemblies and factory equipment. Develop, validate, and communicate product platforms and design variations digitally while synchronizing the manufacturing processes with optimal efficiency. Use integrated simulation tools to ensure product performance and reliability, shorten design times, and lower costs.

  • Virtually infinite computational power


    Perform complex calculations and reduce solve time without depending on desktop computing limitations. Computational resources are no longer limited to your local desktop machine. With A360, you can access unlimited computational speed and power, and reduce time spent on design iterations. This processing runs independently of the tool, so you can design at the same time.

  • Factory bill of equipment


    Create a bill of materials (BOM) table that includes equipment descriptions, quantity, estimated cost, and key parameters. You can then easily export this table to other database-driven applications.

  • Cloud service

    Enhanced process analysis and optimization


    Process Analysis 360 web-based software helps you to design and optimize your manufacturing process. Identify bottlenecks early in the factory planning process with an easy-to-use whiteboard interface. Then, seamlessly continue facility planning with the Factory Design Suite interface in AutoCAD or Inventor.

  • Point cloud management tools


    Access point cloud management tools within the Inventor factory design environment. Navigate to and define the visibility status of scan regions, or scan locations in a point cloud. In the Point Cloud Navigator dialog box, click the light bulb icon to switch off and on the visibility of the respective point cloud entry.

    3D factory layout design

  • Associative 2D and 3D workflows


    Improve accuracy and experience more efficient workflows with 1:1 bidirectional interactivity between AutoCAD and Inventor files. This feature enables you to move more easily from a traditional 2D layout to a 3D representation of the factory floor for more accurate planning and editing.

  • Digitally test 3D factory models


    Quickly explore options in a 3D factory layout environment with easy drag-and-drop functionality. The suite enhances AutoCAD and Inventor with interoperable layout workflows that automatically convert 2D drawings into 3D layout models. Integrate your reusable 3D models of machine and factory components, and try different scenarios digitally to find the optimal factory layout solution.

  • Large library of smart 3D assets


    Expedite designs with a large library of 2D and 3D parametric assets. Publish your own frequently used assets to the cloud. Use a library of parametric assets—such as walls, doors, windows, and column grids—to resize and edit each model based on your factory layout requirements. Easily search, modify, and reuse content.

  • Connector tools for factory assets


    Gain more control over automatic connections between points. Connectors make it easier to position and group multiple assets in the factory design. Simply drag assets from the factory library and line up the green dots. In some cases, you can choose from several orientations for aligning equipment. You can also directly select connectors after dragging an asset from the library.

  • View FactoryCAD drawings


    Import existing FactoryCAD models into Factory Design Suite. Open files into AutoCAD design and documentation software and Inventor 3D CAD software to modify legacy designs. The digital assets recognize the existing geometry for relating 3D objects. You can also open FactoryCAD files in Navisworks project review software to detect clashes between equipment and the as-is state of the building.

  • Revit interoperability


    Import building models formatted with Revit building design software into a Factory Design Suite project. Simplify a factory project and export it as a Revit formatted file to include it in other projects. Having an accurate representation of your building and environment can help to reduce collaboration errors and costs.

    Factory asset creation & management

  • Streamlined asset migration New


    Reuse existing CAD assets. Easily convert previously generated 2D layouts, blocks, and 3D drawings into factory assets, and take advantage of powerful layout automation tools.    

  • Flexible asset properties New


    Customize and augment assets with relevant manufacturing information. Use factory asset properties to track asset identifiers, machine costs, energy consumption, links to maintenance information, and more.

  • Vault enhancements New


    New Vault features provide flexible and enhanced data management and storage capabilities, including additional uses/where used, search, and query functions.

  • Large factory asset library


    Rely on a large library of assets, such as conveyors, CNC machines, safety fences, storage racks, and more. Accessing these assets can make it easier to build layouts with commonly used factory equipment.  

  • Asset publishing and sharing


    Easily create, publish, and share smart parametric assets in the cloud for use in factory layout and factory equipment designs. Share published assets with other members of your local team. Or make the asset public and share it with the worldwide factory design community. Factory equipment vendors can increase market presence by placing designs directly into the hands of factory designers.

  • Create assets from AutoCAD blocks


    Take existing AutoCAD blocks from legacy AutoCAD drawings and publish them as 2D assets. Then, bring these 2D assets into Inventor to view their 3D representations. Efficiently reusing older designs can reduce the time it takes to update existing layouts.

  • Custom assets for layouts


    Publish smart assets, streamline projects that require third-party CAD data, and keep 2D/3D models in sync. Create accurate digital prototypes of custom assets with built-in intelligence, such as connectors and landing surfaces that enable easy placement in your layout environment. You can even include models from suppliers in your layout, regardless of CAD format, shrink-wrapping and stripping them of important intellectual property.

  • Multiple variant asset publishing


    Publish factory assets with multiple design variants and fewer mistakes. Establishing valid asset variants can enable downstream users to comply with company standards and design practices, minimizing the mistakes that come with invalid asset use.