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New and improved features in Factory Design Suite 2016

Factory Design Suite 2016 includes workflow improvements that enable AutoCAD users to produce manufacturing facility layouts more quickly and optimize efficiencies that can improve the bottom line.


Cloud service 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, enabling you to reference other existing geometries and making 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 representation of connector points directly in AutoCAD drawing to ease connection between assets. Only available for assets published in the 2015 Factory Design Suite feature pack, and newer, the suite includes a utility for updating assets to take advantage of this functionality.

  • Associate 3D model with AutoCAD asset New


    Factory Assets can have both 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.

    Factory planning, visualization & analysis

  • Reality capture support updates New


    We have dramatically improved synchronization of point cloud data sets between AutoCAD, Inventor, and Navisworks, so that you can accurately represent the as-is state, regardless of which tool you are in. With Real View support from ReCap 360, you can view panoramic photographs taken during laser scanning in the context of their design tasks for a more realistic representation of the point cloud data.

    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 to take advantage of powerful layout automation tools.    

  • Flexible asset properties New


    Factory asset properties enable you to customize and augment assets with relevant manufacturing information. Use properties to track asset identifiers, machine costs, energy consumption, links to maintenance information, and more.