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What is Factory Modz?
Factory Modz is an add-in to Inventor Factory 2012 and Inventor Factory 2013. Utilizing physics-based technology for factory animation, it enables you to bring 3D machine line layouts to life and clearly articulate the working intent of the layout to clients and stakeholders. Factory Modz lets you more clearly communicate your ideas by animating the movement of material and people inside your facility.
Factory Modz User Interface
After installing Factory Modz, a new tab titled FDS Labs appears at the far right of the Inventor Factory toolbar.
Click the FDS Labs tab to display the Project Factory.Modz() panel.
In addition to the new tab on the toolbar, you will find a new asset folder titled Factory.Modz()added to the User Assets folder in the Asset Browser. The Factory.Modz() folder contains assets with special parameters that are used to drive your factory animations. Although some of the assets may appear to be duplicates of the system assets supplied with Inventor Factory, they differ and are intended exclusively for Factory Modz. These similar assets include the following:
- Belt and Roller Conveyors
- Container (a buffer asset)
- Forklift Truck (an asset that assists with material movement)
- Man (an asset that assists with material movement)
- Pallet (a buffer asset)
- Rack (a buffer asset)
- Robot (pair this asset with the Line Sensor asset for material movement)
The other assets in the Factory.Modz() folder are unique to Factory Modz and include a:
- Line Sensor (pair this asset with the Robot asset for material movement)
- Smart Pusher
Factory Modz Asset Colors
You can select from a large palette of colors to distinguish your Factory Modz assets. The following colors are available:
Factory Modz Animation Window
Factory Modz Workflow
Viewing the Tech Tip Videos
Apart from the introductory Inventor Factory Utility Overview video previously mentioned, there are several other videos in MP4 format that will help you learn Factory Modz. It may be helpful to view them in the following order.
- Tech Tip - Inventor to Modz Workflow
The Inventor to Modz Workflow video illustrates the recommended workflow from Inventor Factory to Factory Modz. Note the use of the Create Solid Floor command at the beginning of the procedure.
- Tech Tip - Wiring A Scene
This video describes how to set up a Factory Modz scene in Inventor Factory. It illustrates the use of Generator, Teleporter, Actuator, and Buffer assets to "wire" a scene. Once again, observe the use of the Create Solid Floor command.
- Tech Tip - Factory Modz Navigation
The Factory Modz Navigation video describes how to use the right button and scroll wheel of your mouse to navigate the Factory Modz environment.
- Tech Tip - Animation Properties
This video describes how to identify and modify Modz-specific asset properties, i.e. changing the direction and speed of conveyors.
- Tech Tip - Artificial Intelligence
The Artificial Intelligence video illustrates how to "wire" an animation scene using Buffer and Teleporter assets.
- Tech Tip - Changing Products
This video describes how Generator and Primitive assets, in combination with asset properties, are used to change the products in a scene.