A suite workflow is a mechanism for exporting an engineered design from a source Autodesk product to a target product for detailed rendering or animation. Settings in the workflow automatically transform the design objects for presentation in 3ds Max Design or Showcase. For example, the 3ds Max Design Exterior Rendering workflow renders the external surfaces of a building design, including light and shadow. The Showcase Constraint Animation workflow shows a mechanical assembly in motion, converting the range constraints into animated behaviors. You can use workflows to prepare for design reviews and to create vivid presentations.
Depending on the suite, the source product is either AutoCAD, Inventor, or Revit. The target product is always 3ds Max Design or Showcase. The workflows supplied with a suite can vary according to the suite level (standard, premium, or ultimate). Enterprise users with eFlex or Term Multi-Flex licenses are authorized to use any of the workflows.
A workflow applies pre-selected settings in 3ds Max Design or Showcase to the design data from the source product (AutoCAD, Inventor, or Revit). Different workflows are provided with each source product, and workflows can be optimized for specific purposes, such as high-quality rendering or lighting analysis.
Workflows Menu (Inventor version)
Use this procedure to send your design to 3ds Max Design or Showcase. Before running a workflow, ensure that the design contains only the required objects, and any layers not required are turned off or frozen.