Course info
January 13, 2017
2h 14m

Most factory layouts today are done in AutoCAD, because so many engineers know how to use it and it gets the job done quickly. However, there are no tools in AutoCAD to determine if the layout is optimal, nor are there ways to visualize what your layout will look like in 3D. In this course, Introduction to Autodesk Factory Design Utilities, you'll learn the basics of these tools, including how to lay out your factory conceptually, create a 2D representation, quickly generate a 3D model to explore, and create your own objects unique to your layout. First, you'll discover how to schematically layout your factory and check for bottlenecks in the manufacturing process. Next, you'll use an enhanced library to quickly populate the factory floor with familiar AutoCAD tools. Then, you'll see how with no additional effort, a 3D model is constructed that let's you virtually explore your layout. Finally, you'll learn how to work with the model in 3D, if you prefer, and also learn how to add custom objects to the factor library. By the end of this course, you'll know all the basic tools and workflows that are required to get started laying out your factory floor with the powerful and efficient Autodesk Factory Design Utilities. Software required: Factory Design Utilities, Inventor 2017, AutoCAD 2017, Navisworks Manage 2017.

About the author
About the author

Nathan has worked in the CAD industry for over a decade, and enjoys the challenge of helping companies develop more efficient engineering processes. His passion is designing in CAD, and learning as many creative products as possible.


Hi everyone, my name is Nathan Eliason, and I’d like to welcome you to my course, “Introduction to the Autodesk Factory Design Utilities.”

I am a Senior Technical Specialist at KETIV Technologies. We specialize in helping manufacturers build better products through improving their engineering and design processes. I’d like to welcome you to my course.

Whether you are laying out a new factory, or retrofitting an existing one, this toolset is a fantastic way to quickly build your layouts and communicate your ideas before committing to any expensive equipment.In this course, I’ll give you a hands-on approach to creating a factory layout from scratch.

Some of the major topics we’ll cover include:

  1. Conceptually laying out your factory
  2. Placing equipment and items in your layout
  3. Seeing your ideas come to life in 3D
  4. Creating custom assets to meet your own unique factory requiements
By the end of this course, you’ll know the basics required to create your own factory layout, and will understand how all the different tools in the utilities work together.

Before beginning the course you should be familiar with some of the basics in AutoCAD.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey to learn the Autodesk Factory Design Utilities, at Pluralsight.