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Factory Design Suite

Autodesk® Factory Design Suite includes planning, design, analysis, and presentation software to help you discover and communicate the most efficient layout solution by creating a digital model of your factory. Part of the Autodesk solution for Digital Manufacturing, Factory Design Suite offers unique factory-specific functionality in AutoCAD® and Autodesk® Inventor® software combined with powerful visualization and analysis tools to help improve collaboration and innovation earlier in the design process. 

 

Increase design productivity and layout efficiency.

  • Build 3D factory models to find the optimal layout.
  • Convert 2D drawings into 3D layout models, and integrate reusable 3D models of machine and facility content to try different layout scenarios digitally.
  • Take advantage of 2D/3D bidirectional associativity to reduce errors. Because 2D drawings are associative to the 3D factory layout model, they automatically update whenever layout design changes.
  • Convert process models into 2D layouts to seamlessly transition from planning to layout
  • Create installation drawings directly from a validate

Reduce costs by analyzing and optimizing layouts before building.

  • Use process simulation capabilities to plan, test and validate manufacturing processes and to identify bottlenecks and capacity issues early in the design process.
  • Analyze and optimize existing 2D AutoCAD layouts, and determine the best location of production equipment for efficient material flow to help minimize costs.
  • Detect space constraints and equipment collision before they become problems on-site.
  • Help reduce delays and sequencing problems by simulating construction schedules and logistics to analyze project activities. 

Improve collaboration and win more business by visually communicating your layout ideas.

  • Spend less time in the presale phase when creating bidding layouts and proposals with easy-to-use 3D visual layout models that enable you drag and drop factory assets to quickly accommodate changing customer requests.
  • Communicate ideas and build factory layout proposals in 3D with high-quality renderings and visualizations.
  • Explore factory layouts with interactive 3D virtual walk-throughs and fly-throughs.
  • Include models from suppliers in your layout regardless of CAD format, shrink-wrapping and stripping them of intellectual property details.

Take advantage of cloud-based factory asset resources and efficient factory asset creation workflows.

  • Design, share, reuse, and protect smart factory assets.
  • Use Inventor to create intelligent 3D models of custom factory equipment, or automate customization of commonly used assemblies.
  • Access an extensive library of out-of-the-box 2D factory objects and 3D parametric factory content that can be resized and reused such as conveyors, robots, and material-handling equipment.
  • Access the asset library on the cloudcontent can be seamlessly updated as new content becomes available.
  • Access manufacturer-specific content such as robot catalogs from Motoman, ABB, and conveyor catalogs from Hytrol.
  • Use online web services for asset publishing and translation to easily upload and share asset models with the Factory Design Suite user community

 

Autodesk Factory Design Suite Standard:

Foundational Factory Layout Design for AutoCAD Autodesk Factory Design Suite Standard provides unique functionality in AutoCAD that helps manufacturers create factory layouts much faster than traditional workflows.

  • Gain real-time feedback on optimizing the 2D layout and determine the best location of production equipment for efficient material flow to help minimize costs.
  • Access a library of out-of-the-box 2D factory objects such as conveyors, robots, material-handling equipment, and more to help expedite layout design.
  • Transform CAD data into compelling imagery and interactive presentations to improve the design review process, secure internal buy-in, and win competitive bids with Autodesk® Showcase® software.

Factory Design Suite Standard includes the following products: 

AutoCAD® Architecture:  Use AutoCAD software for architects, combining architectural drafting tools with a familiar AutoCAD software–based working environment to increase design productivity and improve collaboration.

AutoCAD® Mechanical Accelerate the creation and revision of mechanical drawings with all the functionality of AutoCAD software plus a complete set of mechanical design productivity features.

Autodesk® Showcase® Transform CAD data into compelling imagery, movies, and interactive presentations to improve the design review process, secure internal buy-in, and win competitive bids.

Autodesk® Vault Gain more control over your design data with software for managing design creation, simulation, and documentation processes.

Autodesk® Factory Design Suite Utility Add automated factory-specific functionality and workflows to AutoCAD to help expedite the factory layout process. 

 

Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium:

Specialized 3D Factory Layout Design and Visualization Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium contains everything in the Standard edition plus factory-specific tools that enable manufacturers and systems integrators to build digital factory models, improve communication, and make more-informed decisions before any equipment is installed on the factory floor:

  • Autodesk Inventor is optimized specifically for Factory layout with the Autodesk Factory Design Suite Utility that enable users to drag 3D models of machines and facilities content onto a 2D floor plan to create compelling 3D visual layouts and easily try different “what-if” scenarios.
  • Use out-of-the-box 3D parametric factory content from Inventor, such as conveyors, material-handling equipment, and facility equipment that can be resized and reused.
  • Use process simulation capabilities to help identify bottlenecks and capacity issues early in the design process.
  • Use Inventor to design 3D models of custom factory equipment, or easily import factory assets from suppliers to include in your layout. 
  • Collaborate better using immersive, high-quality renderings and visualizations with Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design and Autodesk® Showcase® software.
  • Explore factory layouts with interactive 3D virtual walk-throughs and fly-throughs using Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate software.

Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium includes everything in the Standard edition plus: 

Autodesk® Inventor® Create accurate digital models of factory layouts and equipment with a factoryspecific parametric work environment that helps you make better layout decisions before any equipment is installed.

Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design Demonstrate the operation of layout designs in real-world settings for visual evaluation and help communicate design intent. Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate Integrate large data sets and explore factory layouts with interactive 3D virtual walk-throughs and fly-throughs. Autodesk® Factory Design Suite Utility Add factory-specific functionality and workflows to Inventor to help you build accurate factory models. 

Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design Demonstrate the operation of layout designs in real-world settings for visual evaluation and help communicate design intent.

Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate Integrate large data sets and explore factory layouts with interactive 3D virtual walk-throughs and fly-throughs. Autodesk® Factory Design Suite Utility Add factory-specific functionality and workflows to Inventor to help you build accurate factory models. 

 

Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate: Advanced Factory and Equipment Design Autodesk Factory Design Suite Ultimate contains everything in the Premium edition, plus advanced capabilities that can help machine and equipment builders, systems integrators, and manufacturers better design, visualize, and simulate factory layouts and equipment:

  • Design, visualize, and simulate factory equipment before they are built and commissioned with Autodesk Inventor Professional software.
  • Detect space constraints and equipment collision before they become problems onsite with help from Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage software.
  • Use Inventor Professional to reduce errors and save time with automated tube and pipe runs and electrical cable and harness design. 

Factory Design Suite Ultimate includes everything in the Premium edition plus: 

Autodesk® Inventor® Professional Design, visualize, and simulate factory equipment under real-world conditions with advanced 3D mechanical design, product simulation, routed systems design, and tooling creation software.

AutoCAD® MEP AutoCAD® MEP software helps you draft, design, and document mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems throughout the building lifecycle.

Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage Help reduce construction delays and evaluate design accuracy by detecting space constraints and equipment collisions early in the design process with project review software.

Autodesk® Factory Design Suite Utility Add factory-specific functionality and workflows to Inventor Professional to help you build accurate factory models.