Inventor General Discussion

Inventor General Discussion

Reply
Contributor
messt14
Posts: 24
Registered: ‎07-10-2009
Message 1 of 4 (497 Views)

Authoring Content Center Parts - specify length on insert

497 Views, 3 Replies
12-16-2011 09:30 AM

I have authored a part to the Content Center, but the part is inserted at a standardized length.  How do I author the part so that the length can be specified whem inserted, like the structural steel shapes?

*Expert Elite*
cbenner
Posts: 3,272
Registered: ‎04-06-2010
Message 2 of 4 (488 Views)

Re: Authoring Content Center Parts - specify length on insert

12-16-2011 11:06 AM in reply to: messt14

That might best be answered by knowing a bit more about what it is, and how it is used.  There are a number of different answers.  For example, do you want this inserted as a standard part or a cutom part with each insertion being a unique part file?  Do you want it to grow between to other parts like a pipe spool or frame segment?

ChrisB

ADSK_Expert_Elite_Icon_S_Color_Blk.png

Please use Mark Solutions!.Accept as Solution &Give Kudos!Kudos to further enhance the value of these forums. Thank you! :smileyhappy:

http://cbennertipstricks.blogspot.com/


   

Contributor
messt14
Posts: 24
Registered: ‎07-10-2009
Message 3 of 4 (484 Views)

Re: Authoring Content Center Parts - specify length on insert

12-16-2011 11:47 AM in reply to: cbenner

The item is basically Unistrut - a U-shaped extrusion with a hole at a regular interval.  It would be inserted as a custom part as the length is variable.

 

I have authored the part as a Structural Shape.  I am able to control the length of the piece when inserted using Insert Frame.  However, when I use 'Place from Content Center' I am unable to control the length when inserting.

 

I has also been unsuccessful in authoring the hole pattern in the extrusion.

 

 

Product Support
alessandro.gasso
Posts: 332
Registered: ‎06-10-2010
Message 4 of 4 (463 Views)

Re: Authoring Content Center Parts - specify length on insert

12-21-2011 02:32 AM in reply to: messt14

For publishing an ipart in the Content Center in the way that you can specify the length inserting one member from the Content Center, in the ipart table you need to set the length column as Custom Parameter Column.

 

Custom Column.png

 

If you didn’t do that, you can edit the Family table in the Content Center Editor and set the column properties as in the image below.

 

Column properties.png

 

About the hole pattern, unfortunately, you cannot include it authoring the part as a Structural Shape.

 

You can publish it without authoring the part as a Structural Shape, but, then, of course, you cannot use the part with Frame Generator.

 

I hope this helps in some way.

 

Thanks and regards,

Alessandro



Alessandro Gasso
Product Support Technical Lead
MFG - Inventor
Autodesk, Inc.
Announcements
Are you familiar with the Autodesk Expert Elites? The Expert Elite program is made up of customers that help other customers by sharing knowledge and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration. To learn more, please visit our Expert Elite website.
Need installation help?

Start with some of our most frequented solutions or visit the Installation and Licensing Forum to get help installing your software.