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May 8, 2012

Autodesk Labs - Project Factory.Modz() for Inventor

For you factory layout design people. Have you ever wanted to layout your factory floor and then automate it before you implement it in real life? Well, here is your chance. Autodesk Labs has introduced Project Factory.Modz() for Autodesk Inventor.

Traditionally machine line layouts in a factory are created with pen and paper or in the form of 2D drawings. Using these means, it is extremely difficult to explain the working intent of the machine lines to clients or internal stakeholders. Using 2D workflows, it is very challenging to account for movement of material, people, and material handling devices and show them interacting with each other inside the facility. The inability to clearly articulate the working intent often results in losing bids to competition and the inability to sell ideas to stakeholders.

Project Factory.Modz() is a free Physics Based technology preview for Factory Animation that enables you to bring your machine line layouts to life and clearly articulate the working intent of the layout to your clients and stakeholders. It helps you to visually communicate your ideas by animating the movement of material and people inside your facility. It is easy to use, does not require CAD expertise, and you can be up and running creating your first animation in less than 5 minutes.

  • Physics Based Animation Environment
    • Project Factory.Modz() is powered by an underlying physics engine. This enables you to animate the machine lines with the highest degree of realism and see the effect of force and collisions in animating material movement inside your facility.
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Project Factory.Modz() is powered by Autodesk Kynapse which is an artificial intelligence middleware that empowers game developers to build compelling character behaviors in video games. It offers high performance path finding within dynamic environments and automated tools for generating AI data. With Autodesk Kynapse technology inside Project Factory.Modz(), you can perform automated path finding operations for human workers and material handling devices such as forklifts inside your facility.
  • 1-Click Workflow
    • Project Factory.Modz() is tightly integrated with Autodesk Factory Design Suite with a 1-Click Workflow. This enables you to use Autodesk Factory Design Suite to create layouts by dragging and dropping assets on the factory floor and with a single click transfer them to the Project Factory.Modz() environment for animation workflows. All the necessary geometry, constraints, and animation Meta data is automatically transferred which gets you started quickly.

Here is a list of YouTube videos showcasing Project Factory.Modz()
Inventor Factory Utility Overview
Inventor to Modz Workflow
Factory Modz Navigation
Factory.Modz Animation Properties
Factory Modz Scene Wiring
Factory.Modz Changing Products
Factory.Modz Artificial Intelligence

Project Factory.Modz() works with Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2012 and 2013 Premium and Ultimate editions, all Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013 editions and Autodesk Inventor 2013.

This technology preview is available until July 31, 2012.

Image Credits: Autodesk, Autodesk Labs

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