When ballooning an assembly drawing having a structured/all levels BoM, the balloons default to the part level of the BoM hierarchy. Is there a way to have the balloons reference the part's subassembly (direct parent) without having to override the value of each balloon manually?
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This may or may not work for you, but collapsing the parts list to show only the subassemblies (children would be hidden) will get your balloons to behave the way you describe:
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I'm not sure if there is an easy way to do that. The balloons get their information from the parts list, and they get their item numbers from the lowest expanded level.
We don't usually have a problem with this, as we try to have only one assembly per drawing. So, in the case of your group of models, we would have one drawing for each of the 4 subassemblies, and these drawings would call out the children. Then we might have a drawing of a higher-level assembly that calls out these subassemblies, but doesn't show the children.
Depends on your definition of easy!! Yeah, you can manually over write all of them, but you lose your parametric functionality.
I don't know of an easy way either. My only other suggestion would be to create an iLogic routine that might do what you are looking to do.
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If i need to balloon an assembly with subs i usually just balloon a part (giving me a balloon with 1.1 for instance) and then right-click that balloon, select "choose balloon from list", pick the assembly (item 1), place that together with the 1.1 and then right-click on the 1.1 again to select "remove balloon".
That way it'll stay "parametric".
It's still a manual process, but it does allow reasonable control over what gets shown.
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