Ease your pain of Inventor ETO end-of-life transition with FormulaCAD Rules Based Automation

Over the past year, since Autodesk announced the end of sale of Inventor ETO, many customers have expressed their desire to find an easy migration path out of Inventor ETO.

This desire basically consists of the following components:

  1. Ability to keep generating the outputs that the organization has grown used to

  2. Ability to maintain and/or augment the rules that have been defined after an excruciating process.

  3. Protection of investment in customization of Inventor ETO through Intent API, many times through the Parameter Editor custom UI.

FormulaCAD offers an automation model similar to Inventor ETO but with a simpler rule definition interface.

  1. Rules Driven Creation of CAD Models – assembly / drawing

  2. Replaces Programming paradigm with

i. Database

ii. Familiar Formula Language

iii. Front end GUI

Here’s a short comparison of FormulaCAD and Inventor ETO:

Parameter Inventor ETO FormulaCAD
Rule Definition Programming based approach. Rule Editor Add-In or Visual Studio Projects Graphical user interface for rule entry.FormulaCAD add-in
Rule Language Intent Language Excel like formula language
Custom UI Intent API FormulaCAD API
Common Features Model Browser, Entity Naming Editor, Various Rule Types, Dynamic Child Rules, Automatic File Management  
Cloud Features Configurator 360 Integration with Forge Design Automation API .Rules and Files stores on Cloud for collaboration

Cloud workflows

Through the integration with Forge APIs, FormulaCAD already provides a future ready path for your cloud and web based workflows:

In summary, FormulaCAD provides a clear path for transitioning from Inventor ETO. We have been a member of Autodesk Developer Network for close to 7 years now and had our first FormulaCAD version listed on the Autodesk app store in 2012-13.

On customer request, we can also organize projects in collaboration with our implementation partners to undertake the work of conversion of Inventor ETO rules to equivalent FormulaCAD rules.

Until next time, hoping for early ‘adoption’.