At my workplace it has been standard practice in Autocad to call out bolt assemblies in a parts list as: 1/2-13 unc hex hd. bolt w/flat washer & nut. Has anyone figured out how to do this in Inventor? I know I can enter this info on the assembly iProps for the bolt assembly, I was hoping someone came up with an automated format, maybe pulling info from the bolt itself to populate the assembly iProps? Any info/suggestions greatly welcomed!
you can use ilogic to do this easy. as long as it is set up from the get go. Do you use content center hardware or do you have a lybary?
When you insert a bolt nut wash ect.. is it an assembly or parts brought in?
Are they ipart hardware?
We have built standard bolted assemblies for our most commonly used configurations and placed them in our library.
This way everyone is using the same assebmlies, and the descriptions come in the same way everytime for everyone.
Currently, we bring in standard content center parts with bolted assembly. I have no experience with iLogic yet, but I am willing to experiment as long as it is not complicated for the users. We have multiple users and would like an easy solution for the end users. I would be open to iParts or iLogic. We will be upgrading to 2012 soon and would be a good time if I need to modify content center or create new libraries if needed. What is involved in the iLogic route?
Not sure if iLogic will help you at all because we disable iLogic rules inside Bolted connection assemblies.
Here is a another thought. If you place below macro in your VBA Application project , select a bolted connection first and then run the macro, you will get a string similar to what you want in the Description property of the bolted connection subassembly. Of course this is far from being automatic (only works on one bolted connection at a time and has to be repeated if the composition of the bolted connection changes)
By using the "-" string as separator between each individual component's description, I was able to come up with overall description strings like:
ANSI B18.2.2 - 1 1/2 - 6-Lock Washers (Inch Series)Extra-Duty Helical Spring Lock Washer-Heavy Hex Bolt-Washer A-Hex Nuts (Inch Series) Slotted Hex Nut
DIN 6924 - M4-Hexagon Socket Countersunk Head Screw-Spring Washer-Hex Nut
Option Explicit Sub boltnaming() Dim assydoc As AssemblyDocument Set assydoc = ThisApplication.ActiveDocument Dim partdoc As ComponentOccurrence Dim lastdoc As ComponentOccurrence Dim enhanceddesc As String enhanceddesc = "" ' Check to make sure a sub-ssembly is selected. If assydoc.SelectSet.count > 0 Then If (assydoc.DocumentType <> kAssemblyDocumentObject) Then MsgBox "A bolted connection must be selected first." Exit Sub End If Else MsgBox "A bolted connection must be selected first." Exit Sub End If Dim subassydoc As ComponentOccurrence Set subassydoc = assydoc.SelectSet.Item(1) Set partdoc = assydoc.SelectSet.Item(1).Definition.Occurrences.I
tem(1) For Each partdoc In subassydoc.Definition.Occurrences Dim partdesc As Property Set partdesc = partdoc.Definition.Document.PropertySets.Item("Des ign Tracking Properties").Item("Description") enhanceddesc = enhanceddesc + "-" + partdesc.Value Set lastdoc = partdoc Next partdoc Dim partnumber As String partnumber = lastdoc.Definition.Document.PropertySets.Item("Des ign Tracking Properties").Item("Part Number").Value subassydoc.Definition.Document.PropertySets.Item(" Design Tracking Properties").Item("Description").Value = partnumber + "-" + enhanceddesc End Sub
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