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OkieWolf
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Re: iLogic Variable Transfer

02-24-2011 09:06 AM in reply to: OkieWolf

Mike,

I found a couple of errors in my code but have now fixed it. However, the rule is unstable. If I start Inventor fresh, open the assembly, and run the rule, it will work most times. Occasionally it won't though, which is really weird. Also, once it has been ran you can't run it again until you close the assembly, reopen it, and run the rule. It is something inside the pipe (If IsPipe....) and/or flange (If IsFlange....) swap "If" that is causing it but I can't figure out what. I've tried resetting all variables to nil once the rule has finished but that doesn't work either. It acts like it is hung up somehow inside the "If" statement because it immediately tries to set the "Parameter(pNewRename, "PL") = OldpLength" and won't even open the dialog before erroring. Below is a picture of what the dialog currently looks like and the updated code is below that.

Any help is appreciated.

 

Nozzle Adjuster Dialog.JPG

 

 

Rule Code :

 

AddReference "NozzleAdjuster1"

Sub Main
AddVbFile ("ContentCenterReplace.iLogicVb")
Dim app As Inventor.Application = ThisApplication
Dim oDoc As Inventor.AssemblyDocument = app.ActiveDocument
Dim oCompDef As Inventor.ComponentDefinition = oDoc.ComponentDefinition
Dim oCompOcc As Inventor.ComponentOccurrence

For Each oCompOcc In oCompDef.Occurrences
    Dim icompDef as Inventor.ComponentDefinition = oCompOcc.Definition
    Dim icompDoc as Inventor.Document = icompDef.Document
    Dim iPartName As String = System.IO.Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(icompDoc.FullFileName)
    iIsPipe = Left(iPartName, 4)
        If iIsPipe = "Pipe" Then
        CurrentSize = Mid(iPartName, 6, 2)
        SizeChk = Mid(CurrentSize, 2, 1)
        pNewNameLength = iPartName.Length
        pNewNameRemainL = pNewNameLength - 7
        pNewNameRemain = Mid(iPartName, 8, pNewNameRemainL)
        pPartName = iPartName & ":1"
        OldPlength = Parameter(pPartName, "PL")
        PipeWall = Parameter(pPartName, "t")
        PipeFlangeOffset = Parameter(oDoc, "d0")
        CurrentNozzleProjection = Parameter(oDoc, "d4")
            If SizeChk = "" Or SizeChk = " " Or SizeChk = nil Then
            CurrentSize = Mid(iPartName, 6, 1)
            pNewNameRemainL = pNewNameLength - 6
            pNewNameRemain = Mid(iPartName, 7, pNewNameRemainL)
            pNewName = iIsPipe & CurrentSize & pNewNameRemain
            End If

        End If
Next

Dim dlg as New ClassLibrary1.Dialog1
dlg.NozzleSize = NozzleSize
dlg.CurrentSize = CurrentSize
dlg.PipeWall = PipeWall
dlg.PipeFlangeOffset = PipeFlangeOffset
dlg.CurrentNozzleProjection = CurrentNozzleProjection
dlg.NewNozzleProjection = NewNozzleProjection
i = dlg.ShowDialog()
    
For Each oCompOcc In oCompDef.Occurrences

Dim compDef as Inventor.ComponentDefinition = oCompOcc.Definition
Dim compDoc as Inventor.Document = compDef.Document
Dim PartName As String = System.IO.Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(compDoc.FullFileName)
Dim replacer As New ContentCenterReplace(ThisDoc.Document, ThisApplication, "en-US")
Dim PfamilyName As String = "Tube & Pipe:Conduits:smileytongue:ipes:ASTM A 53/A 53M Pipe"
pCCFam = "ASTM A 53/A 53M "
Dim FfamilyName As String = "Tube & Pipe:Fittings:Flanges:ASME B16.5 Flange Slip-On Welding - Class 150"

If IsFlange <> "ASME B16.5 Flange Slip-On Welding - Class 150" Then
IsPipe = Left(PartName, 4)
End If
If IsPipe <> "Pipe" Then
IsFlange = Left(PartName, 45)
End If

If(i = vbOK)Then
NozzleSize = dlg.NozzleSize
PipeFlangeOffset = dlg.PipeFlangeOffset
NewNozzleProjection = dlg.NewNozzleProjection
    If NozzleSize <> "" And NozzleSize <> " " And NozzleSize <> nil Then
        If IsPipe = "Pipe" Then
            pNewName = IsPipe & " " & NozzleSize & " - XS - .001"
            replacer.Replace(pPartName, PfamilyName, pNewName)
            pNewPipeName = pNewName & ":1"
            pNewReName = IsPipe & " " & NozzleSize & " - XS - " & OldPlength & ":1"
            ThisDoc.Document.ComponentDefinition.Occurrences.Item(1).Name = pNewReName
            Parameter(pNewReName, "PL") = OldPlength
        End If

        If IsFlange = "ASME B16.5 Flange Slip-On Welding - Class 150" Then
            fPartName = PartName & ":1"
            NewFlange = IsFlange & " " & NozzleSize
            replacer.Replace(fPartName, FfamilyName, NewFlange)
        End If
    End If
    
    If PipeFlangeOffset <> "" And PipeFlangeOffset <> " " And PipeFlangeOffset <> nil Then
        Parameter(oDoc, "d0") = PipeFlangeOffset
    End If
    
    If NewNozzleProjection <> "" And NewNozzleProjection <> " " And NewNozzleProjection <> nil Then
        Parameter(oDoc, "d4") = NewNozzleProjection
    End If
    
End If

Next
UpdateNozzle

End Sub

Sub UpdateNozzle
InventorVb.DocumentUpdate
InventorVb.SetViewCamera(ViewCameraOption.FitExtents, New Double() {-121.30039731877672, 145.50927339213723, 145.44114957469338}, New Double() {24.208876073360443, 0, -0.068123817443847656}, New Double() {0.40824829046386318, 0.81649658092772592, -0.40824829046386313}, New Double() {76.824887490943567, 87.260303212016993})
End Sub

 

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MjDeck
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Message 22 of 29 (417 Views)

Re: iLogic Variable Transfer

02-24-2011 09:37 AM in reply to: OkieWolf

Does it always give the same error message?  What is the error message that it gives?

Did you originally add the pipe as a Custom or Standard component? See the attached picture.

I thought I could create a test assembly, but it would be better if you could post your assembly.  Also, can you zip up the full VB project for the dialog code and send that?  Or just the .dll file would be enough.

 

 



Mike Deck
Software Developer
DLS - Mechanical Design
Autodesk, Inc.

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OkieWolf
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Registered: ‎10-28-2010
Message 23 of 29 (415 Views)

Re: iLogic Variable Transfer

02-24-2011 09:47 AM in reply to: MjDeck

Yes, it's the same error. See below.

Rule Error.JPG

 

So, what is happening is that the pipe that's shown in the error is the original pipe (from the first run) before I adjust the length and rename it. But, for some reason it tries to go set that parameter again using the wrong name and even before it opens th dialog.

And, the pipe was inserted as "Custom" originally.

 

Would it be better to just send it to you by email? What's your email?

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MjDeck
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Message 24 of 29 (412 Views)

Re: iLogic Variable Transfer

02-24-2011 11:03 AM in reply to: OkieWolf

I think I have to change the content center replacer rule to handle Custom components.  That might be required to get your rule working.

 It looks like it is important to you to have the component name reflect the part type and size?  That should be possible, but it makes the rule more complicated.   Would you consider using a component occurrence name that remains constant, such as Pipe:1 or Flange:1?  I know this is not very user-friendly, but it does make the rule simpler.

My email is mike dot deck at <the company name at the top of this page> dot com

 

 



Mike Deck
Software Developer
DLS - Mechanical Design
Autodesk, Inc.

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OkieWolf
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Registered: ‎10-28-2010
Message 25 of 29 (410 Views)

Re: iLogic Variable Transfer

02-24-2011 11:11 AM in reply to: MjDeck

No, it isn't possible for us to use constant naming. We must have the naming as I have it.

I agree that it would make the rule simpler but we can't at this point.

 

The files and a more detailed explanation of what I'm trying to achieve, will be on their way shortly.

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OkieWolf
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Message 26 of 29 (411 Views)

Re: iLogic Variable Transfer

02-24-2011 12:19 PM in reply to: OkieWolf

Sent.

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Gruff
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Registered: ‎11-24-2003
Message 27 of 29 (360 Views)

Re: iLogic Variable Transfer

03-14-2011 09:40 AM in reply to: OkieWolf

Regarding Passing Variables.

 

Are you saying the variable CurrentSize is not being passed all the way down to the deepest sub or not being passed back up to the top?

 

Arguments in Sub Routines and Functions in VB are passed in one of two ways.  ByRef (By Reference) or ByVal (By Value).

 

In effect

If Passed ByVal they are one way only.  The value is passed into the Sub but not back out.

If Passed ByRef they are passed two way into and back out of the Sub.

 

In iLogic it appears that if you do not specify ByRef or ByVal then ByVal is the Default.

(This is the opposite from how VBA treats Sub arguments.)

 

The following test works fine for me

 

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Sub Main
Dim CurrentSize As String = "24.375"
FirstPass(CurrentSize)
MessageBox.Show("Final Value " & CurrentSize) 'Displays: Final Value 48.625
End Sub

Sub FirstPass(ByRef CurrentSize As String)
SecondPass(CurrentSize)
End Sub


Sub SecondPass(ByRef CurrentSize As String)
MessageBox.show("Deepest Nest " & CurrentSize) 'Displays: Deepest Nest 24.375
CurrentSize = "48.625"
End Sub
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OkieWolf
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Message 28 of 29 (355 Views)

Re: iLogic Variable Transfer

03-14-2011 09:47 AM in reply to: OkieWolf

That sounds reasonable. However, I have since done away with the subs and just combined all into the main. Is working fine now.

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OkieWolf
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Message 29 of 29 (339 Views)

Re: iLogic Variable Transfer

03-15-2011 06:40 AM in reply to: OkieWolf

For anybody that might be following this thread, below is an image of the latest version of the dialog. It's getting really complicated but if I can get everything to work it will be awesome. We are going to convert all of our thousands of 2D AutoCad standard drawings to Inventor 3D models. With this one interface I figure we can eliminate somewhere around 5-6000 2D drawings with one dialog, one internal rule, one external rule (Mike's Content Center Replacer), one assembly, three part files, and one drawing file. That's pretty awesome!! See latest dialog below :

 

Capture 6.JPG

 

I do have a question though. In some cases, with smaller nozzles, the repad is not required and it needs to be suppressed. The code snippet in iLogic rules for "IsActive" (true or false) doesn't seem to want to work. I can turn the repad visibility on and off but it needs to be suppressed so that it doesn't show up in the drawing and bill of material.

 

Any ideas?

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