Enterprise Applications: Autodesk Factory Design Suite Earns Name

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-07-28 Print this article Print
Automated Workflows Simplify Complex Processes

Automated Workflows Simplify Complex Processes

The workflows built into Autodesks Factory Design Utility automate common tasks such as rendering, asset creation and material flow analysis.
Factory Design Suite combines the architectural and mechanical design abilities of AutoCAD with media creation and presentation tools that are standouts in their own right, and adds an understanding of factory workflows and constraints that must have taken years to compile. The AutoCAD Architecture 2012 and AutoCAD Mechanical 2012 design tools are joined in the Premium and Ultimate versions of the suite by Navisworks, which offers advanced project review features that mesh multi-format data with 3D models to perform validation of physical designs, and 3ds Max Design, the company's rendering and animation toolset. Showcase 2012 is also included in all versions of the suite, and provides the ability to transform the engineering-focused AutoCAD designs into attractive presentations and visualizations. But the Factory Design Utilities package really lets the suite live up to the name, by including a large library of factory-related content including conveyors, robots and similar material handling equipment, the ability to optimize factory layouts in 2D for efficient materiel flow, and other enhancements that make the suite's tools more factory-oriented.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.

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