Using Autodesk Factory Design Suite to Layout More Than Just a Factory

April 25, 2016 By Brad Bland Leave a comment

If you have Factory Design Suite installed, a designer can break the mold of traditional factory layouts and design more than just a factory floor. The software can be used to layout a computer lab, break room, or the shop floor of your own building, for future renovations. Use Factory Assets to layout your current configuration of the shop floor, using existing forklifts, tool boxes, welding stations, and shelving etc.


First, choose whether you want to start with a 3D or 2D layout. In this article, we will use the 3D layout approach. Then, you need to search the Asset Browser for the components necessary for what you are wanting to build. The Asset Browser is shown below:


Next, add the items of interest to the layout and configure how you would like the room to be configured, as shown below:


Use the Layer Manager to create an “Office Furniture” Layer and assign all office furniture to that layer.


When you are finished with your room layout, use the Sync AutoCAD or Sync Inventor buttons to create either the 2D or 3D layout. Below, we will use the Sync AutoCAD option to generate the 2D layout.

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Once synced, notice how the assets that were assigned the “Office Furniture” layer in Inventor are placed, on that layer and with the correct color, in AutoCAD.


This is a quick glance into the possibilities for utilizing Autodesk Factory Design Suite for more than designing a factory. For more information on software tips and tricks through training, visit our website to view our training options.

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About Brad Bland

Brad joined Advanced Solutions in October 2015 as an Education Specialist based out of Kansas City, MO. Brad has a Bachelors Degree in Manufacturing Enginering from Missoui Western State University. He is professionally certified in Autodesk Inventor.

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