I am sure I am overlooking something.. However, here it is:
I am trying to create a simple STD flat part that will be a piece of plate. I have parameters for Length, Width, etc... And I am setting up a User parameter for UOM_QTY which I want to spit out the SQFT all dimensions are in inches. So my equation is of course width*length/144. Is there a way to add this to the Unit/Type so that I can just select it? When I pick the Unit/Type cell in the parameters and expand area all I see is circular_mil. So can you add to these options? The sqft is essentially what I want to populate my BOM in addition to the Length, Width etc...
Am I even making sense?
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From the Wiki help on units in parameters:
To build a compound unit specification, such as in/sec, separate the individual units with the appropriate sign of operation, such as multiplication, division, or exponentiation.
So for square feet you would enter ft*ft, which shows up in the parameter as "ft^2". I haven't tested this with real parts, but give it a shot.
Unfortunately this wont allow you to use area units as Base Unit in modelling parameters because "Only parameters that have a value that are units of length, volume, or mass are valid."
Source - http://augi.typepad.com/augi_news/files/iv10_bom_w
To get things improved in one of next releases it probably worth to vote for the idea - http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Inventor-IdeaStation