New AutoCAD Factory Suite Workflows tools enable you to create a bi-directional associative link between a 2D AutoCAD layout and a 3D Inventor Factory layout. The link, called Layout Sync, can be established between Inventor and AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD Mechanical.
Certain types of factory assets such as conveyors, safety fencing, and walls are always connected or "chained" together. You can now quickly create connected assets using a procedure called Asset Chaining.
You can trim and remove unwanted portions of a DWG overlay using the new Crop Overlay command. Cropping removes unwanted areas of an overlay by retaining only the portion contained within two diagonal corners.
Single or multiple solids created in an AutoCAD DWG file can now be imported into Inventor Factory for asset creation. You have the option to import multiple solids as multi-body parts or as an assembly (the default).
2D assets can be difficult to modify if variations are required in a 2D factory layout. The new Asset Variants command provides a very powerful solution by creating and publishing both 3D and 2D assets with dimensional (or other) variations. They can easily be selected and placed on the AutoCAD factory floor to satisfy the differing dimensional requirements.
Once an asset variant is placed (whether in AutoCAD or Inventor), it can easily be replaced with a different variation. Select the placed asset in the layout, right-click and select its replacement from the Asset Variant submenu.
Asset variants are distinguished from other assets in the Asset Browser with an icon that appears at the upper left of the asset. The numeral in the icon represents the number of variants defined for that asset.
After selecting one or more components and clicking Done from the pop-up context menu, the triad now appears at the current cursor location - not on a component. You can then freely move the triad to snap to a midpoint or endpoint of a line without using the Move Triad option.
You can now rotate an asset in Absolute mode which rotates the asset relative to the rotation angle of the factory floor origin (usually 0 degrees). You can switch between Delta and Absolute modes while rotating a component by right-clicking and unchecking or checking Delta Angle in the pop-up context menu.
One or more point clouds can now be attached to both part and assembly files. A point cloud is a set of vertices in a three-dimensional coordinate system usually defined by X, Y, and Z coordinates. The vertices are typically intended to represent the external surface of an object.
A point cloud can be moved, rotated, scaled, cropped, and uncropped. The point density can also be decreased, and work points can be attached to individual cloud points to facilitate the creation of work axes and work planes through the cloud. The new Snap to Point Cloud snap type lets you snap factory assets directly to points in the point cloud.
New Inventor Factory Suite Workflows tools enable you to create a bi-directional associative link between a 3D Inventor Factory layout and a 2D AutoCAD drawing. The link, called Layout Sync, can be established between Inventor and AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD Mechanical.
A new 3D factory layout can now be directly created from an existing AutoCAD 2D layout. If the AutoCAD layout contains any placed 2D assets, they are replaced with their 3D equivalents when the drawing file is opened in Inventor Factory. An associative link is created between the 2D drawing and the 3D layout from which it was created.