Draw Factory Layout Plans Efficiently and Effectively

Autodesk Factory Design Suite brings together the powerful capabilities of AutoCAD and Inventor software to provide you with the most innovative technologies. The focus is on fine tuning and optimising your factory layouts, as opposed to spending long periods of time on drafting alone. Also, equipment placement is a lot easier thanks to Factory Design Suite’s ability to evaluate potential factory layout scenarios.

Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2020 Premium $170
Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2018 Ultimate $150
Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2017 Ultimate $150
Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2016 Ultimate $150



Now that we’ve established what the purpose of this Factory Design Suite software is, it would be helpful to go a step further and look at some of the features you gain access to by purchasing it.

  • Visual layout environments in 2D and 3D
  • Interoperability with various other Autodesk products to boost productivity
  • Factory Asset Builder
  • An extensive library for factory assets
  • Cloud-based services designed with factories in mind
  • Automated processes for creating plan views and section views
  • 3D visualisation and analysis capabilities
  • Efficient collaboration capabilities


Factory Design Suite has a lot to offer you in terms of factory layout planning and digital prototype manufacturing. With the features outlined above, now let’s discuss how these features are used and how they can help you streamline your workflow and improve your overall productivity.

The visual layout environment capabilities, for example, enable you to combine 2D drawings and floor plans with your 3D factory model. These drawings and models also automatically update themselves whenever any changes are made to the factory layout. Additionally, potential scenarios can be analysed very easily because machine and facility components can be dragged around the 2D floor plan.

Interoperability with other Autodesk products includes updates to both AutoCAD and Inventor which are specific to the Factory Design Suite software. For AutoCAD, these updates include: bidirectional associativity, parametric asset variants and material flow analysis. With Inventor, these updates include: creating accurate factory models with a predefined floor, automatically converting 2D drawings into 3D layouts, and much more!

Autodesk Factory Design Suite is also integrated with other Autodesk products, such as Autodesk Mechanical, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Process Analysis, Autodesk Navisworks, AutoCAD Architecture and Autodesk 3Ds Max Design. Each of these provide access to several tools which improve the designing, optimising and simulation process.

The asset builder makes it very simple to import assets into your layout from suppliers. It can also be used in tandem with Inventor to create 3D models of relevant equipment. The factory asset library provides parametric factory components in both 2D and 3D. Examples of these components would include conveyor belts, facility equipment, etc.

The integration of Autodesk Process Analysis enables you to vastly improve the manufacturing process. Because you are able to pay close attention to the planning and layout, you can significantly increase efficiency and productivity by identifying and correcting any problematic areas before anything reaches the factory floor.


The most obvious benefit of purchasing Autodesk Factory Design Suite is that the software is designed entirely with factories in mind. This specialised focus means that the product can help you save a lot of time and money by catering to your every need in a single package.

This is achieved by certain processes that the product is capable of. For example, being able to automate certain tasks (creating plan and section views) and using laser scanning in your workflow for tape measurements greatly assists with time management.

Additionally, collaboration is also a well-thought-out aspect of this Factory Design Suite software. Thanks to the cloud-based sharing services, it’s very easy to share, manage and publish assets with support for public and private sharing. You can also convert layout designs into DWF files and share them with stakeholders across mobile and online devices to promote collaborative effort.