Autodesk relayed their new Product Suites today on their special media webcast. Here is the breakdown of the Autodesk Factory Design Suite which is geared toward the Factory Design centric users. The updates to this suite are all about some common sense items that just weren't ready last year. Amont these updates are changes to the interopability of the products in the suite as well as in Inventor the ability to quickly and effectively place factory assets in a digital model.
Newly updated to the Factory Design Suite is the ability to have the DWG Overlay in Inventor to sync with the AutoCAD DWG to push changes from Inventor back to AutoCAD. Inventor will already update the 3D model from the AutoCAD one, but this will allow for the users of 2D software to stay on top of their bids without having to re-export from Inventor or create another new Inventor drawing.
Factory Asset Warehouse
The new Factory Asset Warehouse allows users to more easily find and use their assets whether already downloaded or still in the cloud to use in their Digital Factory in both 2D and 3D. This new warehouse also allows the users to even upload their designs for the masses to use so they can get more business for what they make as well as add to the community.
Factory Asset Variants
This was something of a pain for me in the past. If I had different levels of detail or shrinkwrapped models of large assets (in order to help performance) I had to be VERY careful wether I dragged or inserted the model a specific way. Now placement of the assests allows users to choose the variants for the placement of the asset.
Factory Asset Chain
This enhancement adds to the speed and productivity of placing similar assets in a factory layout to speed up the design time.
Factory Point Cloud
This technology is essentially the same as what was added to Inventor 2013 Series and Professional, however in Factory Design Suite you can also snap your assets to the point cloud for alignment and positioning with an As-Build point cloud or survey laser shooting.