I'm sincerely feeling like a newb asking this question... i've tried to search this answer anywhere on the net, but with no results. So, two options comes to mind when that happen, the answer is so obvious that no one thinks of asking it, or its simply impossible and i'm wasting my time searching for it.
Is it possible to break my bolted connection, so that i can change the information given by inventor in the BOM?
Its always grayed out and i can`t seems to find a way to make it "ungrayed".
I could change it directly on the .idw but me and my project leader would like to not go on that road. Our teams are seperated in to two. Ones in charge of modeling & the other is in charge of the presentation. We would like to give, as much as possible, not to much leeway on those in charge of the presentation.
All that i know on inventor is pretty much self tough, so any help would be appreciated.
Sorry for my bad english, not my first language
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Rasckel, I'm not sure what this means "so that i can change the information given by inventor in the BOM?"
You don't need to break up a Bolted Connection. Even though they are assemblies, they are Phantom assemblies which makes the parts promoted up 1 assembly level.
The text (description, part number, etc...) in the BOM is sourced from the Content Centre Family Table for the parts you have used in the Bolted Connection. If you want to change any of these texts (like Description) you need to edit the CC Family table and change to your needs. To acheive that you first need to have a read/write Library. Search the forums for that as it has been covered many times.
Sorry if I have not covered what you want but your post was not that clear.
Thanks for answering to my post!
I'm sorry that i was not clear. I tried to customized the Content Center, I had some good result, but it was still very limited.
In our hardware there's a lot of information that we need to input & it changes each times depending the client that were working with @ the time. Is it galvanized, type 1 or type 2, sometimes hardness need to be inputed & the material can change to.
Dealing with Content Center suggest that we would have to make as many new hardware as possible, so that it can cover every possible combination of information that we would like show. That seems endless to me...
I'm not saying that this method as no merit. But i was just hoping that it was possible to make the hardware coming out of the bolted Connection not as Standard but as Custom.
As the previous poster said, the preferable way to handle this situation is to customize the Content Center such that it already has the information you want when you place the part. However, even if you're an expert at editing the CC, it can be hard to make sure you've covered all possible needs.
Your inability to edit the hardware BOM data has little to do with the Bolted Connection - instead it is because the parts place as Standard when using the Bolted Connection. If you had hardware placed as Standard without using the BC Generator, you'd have the same problem.
Placing As Standard puts the resulting part file in a Library folder, which is read-only to Inventor. To edit the BOM data for parts that have already been placed, you have two possible techniques:
1. Move the parts out of that folder, edit them as desired, then move them back. This allows you to edit the data while the part file is outside the library folder.
2. Edit the BOM data by right-clicking the file in Windows and picking "iProperties" from the menu. Since the library folders are read-only to Inventor, but not to Windows, this method bypasses the protection. After making changes this way, you will need to close Inventor and start it back up to see the changes in your drawings.
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