I have searched for this but cannot seem to find exactly what i am looking for here. We do our BOM on a tag basis, which means even though we might only use 100-200 components in an entire design, we might use 600-1000 actual components. This means our BOM turns out to be quite lengthy.
I want to generate the BOM like usual, with about 30-40 lines per sheet. In the past i have just created sections of tables on a single drawing, then copy/paste each section onto its own drawing. This takes too much time. I have noticed that in my dialog box for table generation there is an option in the bottom right side for "section definition". It seems that this section and the one above is to specify how many rows are in the table, and how to place them on the drawings.
If I choose 1 table per drawing it will give me 4 options for placement of the 2nd table. If i choose new drawing it will place it on a blank autocad drawing. If i choose a file from my project that i have already setup with my title block, etc, it will not place the second table on it. It "acts" like it does because it asks where i would like to place the next table and it goes on and on without placing them on the drawing.
1. Can i use the automatically generated drawing function to place it on a drawing with my title block already setup?
2. Why doesnt it place the next table if i already have a drawing made ready to go?
3. Do i have to run another report everytime i want to update my BOM? (can i set it up to change automatically like a parent/child cross reference?)
I do things a bit differently.
It requires that you use Paperspace for your titleblock.
In your first drawing, divide the table into sections and place them all in modelspace.
Go to Paperspace and zoom in on the first section so it fills the viewport.
Create the next drawing and xref the first drawing into it in modelspace.
Go to Paperspace of this second drawing and zoom into the second section.
Repeat above for all other sections.
You do have to re-run the report everythime you make a change but just select "Update Existing" when you select "Put on Drawing".
This way, all the other drawing will be updated because they are xreffed portions of the first drawing.
I have been doing it this way for years.
Works great for showing Panel detail drawings.
I developed this as a way to get around only being able to print one Layout (Layout1) from the Publish Project batch routine.
I have not used paperspace before so i will have to look into that. I have worked with a few drawings that use paperspace, so i know how it works, just not how to build it.
thanks for the reply testsubject.
I am still wondering if i can do automatically generated drawings so i dont have to do copy/paste or if i am using paperspace i wont have to zoom in and xref.
Now that i am sitting here thinking about it i think paperspace may be the answer because i can make it generate drawings, they just dont have my border and title block in them. But if i use paperspace for everything in my project than it should work.
Hi.You should look into "Automatic Reports".
Here, you'll create at *.SET file with all the settings for your BOM, such as numbe rof columns, width of columns, how many rows per scetion and how many sections per page.
This way you can tell AcadE to create new pages with these tables within it, using your title block. Also, if the pages exist, AcadE wil update the existing pages if the same SET-file is used.
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