If I understand what you mean by drilled shank, yes, it should be possible to author it as a bolt and have it available for use with BC.
Oh, my. This one is a bit trickier. It can be done, but you have to break a bunch of rules.
Bolted connection is set up to assume that you're using bolts or fasteners with a head of some sort. For our purposes here, we use flanges with studs and nuts. Studs are a lot like your shanks, no head, and they stick out on either end.
I had to create these studs and fudge them into thinking they were hex head bolts. I can't remember the exact process, but if you have time to wait I can try to recreate it and document it.... but it might be early next week. They are far from perfect and do require a little bit of manual manipulation.... but it's better than putting each one in manually and constrianing it.
I can't duplicate what I got to work a year ago... stand by.
Ok,... I think I have something. I apologize in advance if it doesn't work right. I did this nearly 2 years ago, and we haven't been using it so I kind of forgot how I made it work. But...
I believe what I did was start by opening a standard Hex Bolt from the Content Center "As Custom", I selected a random size, it didn't really matter. Once I had it saved in a working folder somewhere, I modified the geometry (but left all of the parameters intact), until it looked like the fastener I wanted. In our case it was a threaded stud for flanged connections. Once I had it looking right, I re-authored it AS a hex head bolt... not a stud. BC does not use studs, so I had to let BC think this was a hex head bolt. Then I published it to the Hex Head Bolt folder in the Content Center. Now... the family table only had one line since I was not working from an ipart, so...
I opened the family table of a hex head bolt, and edited it using Excel and saved a copy of it to my desktop. Then I cancelled the edit to the hex bolt. I edited the family table of the new stud, also using Excel, and did a Copy/Paste from the spreadsheet on my desktop to the open one for the stud. Essentially populating it with the Hex Head bolt data. From there I could edit the table pretty much any way I needed to. I took out any sizes that didn't suit my needs, rearranged columns or thier contents to match what I needed for the studs (file names, part numbers etc) but I left all of the columns that matched the part's parameters alone, since these control how it gets inserted with BC. Saved it and gave it a try. If I recall, this took a LOT of trial and error until I was able to get it to insert properly in Bolted Connection. I recall that one end stuck out further from the insertion face than I would have liked, but it didn't matter for us, since we were doing this only for the sake of getting an accurate count... not lengths.
I am attaching one of my stud parts (IV2013), and a copy of one of the family tables as an Excel file.... to give you something to play with. In the parameters on the part, there is a dimension d13, set to -.5. I believe this one controls this extension when you insert the fastener. Maybe play around with this before you publish the thing. You may have to publish several test parts before you get what you want.
Bear in mind that this is side-stepping the system in some ways, so the results cannot be guarenteed. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions... I'll try to remember how I did this the first time.
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