How do I calculate the area for a section of an extruded profile and display it in a drawing note? I see how to add a field <AREA> in the text dialog box, but it comes up as N/A in my text box in the drawing. This is also the case for <MASS> and <VOLUME>. How do I get the drawing fields associated with the physical properties of the model?
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update the mass props of the object.
I'll bet that the area prop is the surface area of the object, not a cross-sectional area.
You are correct. I was able to get the field properties to display by going to the model and calculating the physical properties.
The area is the surface area which I do not want.
I figured out to get what I really want which is lbs/foot of a profile. I created a sketch on the extrusion and created a reference dimension and renamed it "Length". I then created a user parameter named LBperFT. Then I created an iLogic rule and defined LBperFT = iProperties.mass / Length. In the drawing note I displayed the user parameter LBperFT.
This seems to work. Is there a better way to do this? This will not be accurate if I have other features added to my extrusion such as holes and cuts.