I have been trying to add my own shapes to the Content Centre, with some success, but for being able to use them in Frame Generator. I was able to Author a new part and publish it to Structural Shapes and it works very well. However when I try to use it in Frame Generator there is an issue that I do not understand. Frame Generator recognises the family and all of the different sizes and materials, but when it come to inserting the part, i get the following message:
I am not sure what this means. The part family is in my own library in a seperate category. I don't know what/where template file needs to be and is that the same ipt file that I used to create the Content Centre part/shape? Do I need to create a new Standard rather than "attaching" it to the AS Standard? Many thanks for any help....
Congratulations on your CC success!
You'll want to use the Structural Shape tool. It's a pull-down next to the Coponent tool (in 2012, at least). Then your shapes will be available to FG.
Good Luck and Good Frame Generating!
Yes - I went through Structural Shape to publish the part and it is available inside Frame Generator. My problem comes after selecting the part, selecting the sketch, selecting the orientation of the part on the sketch, saving the frame/skeleton..... then that alert pops up!
Re-read (or should I say, read) your OP... (sorry for the selective blindness)
I found an interesting bullet in my Mastering 2009 book that suggests that in the Family Porperties pane, the standard organization is used to categorize the member during insertion.
It doesn't say it HAS to be standard... I dunno, just trying like heck to be helpful (for a change).
Yes - you are correct. You do not have to have a Standard Organization listed (I have since discovered this myself through experimentation). If there is no standard organization included, FG inserts an "unknown" listing. I originally put it in AS because that is where the rest of my modified structural shapes are and it was easy to find.
Thankyou for your thoughts and ideas!
Can you place the CC part into an assy, not as an FG member, just a PLACE FROM CC?
Oh Yes - straight from Content Centre it works a treat - the 3 heights created in the parameters dialogue transferred to the structural shape authoring - the process to create the structured shape worked quite well although there are some steps missing from the help pages. Apart from not being able to use it in FG due to the alert I am really pleased with the outcome.