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Message 11 of 17 (664 Views)

Re: Cannot Create Custom Frame Member Part

06-30-2010 08:31 AM in reply to: whunter

I would be interested in finding out how that works out for you.  Most of our work is also mechanical but we do the odd structure.  Anything that can be inserted using the frame generator is great but I have puzzled over what is the right workflow for inserting gussets and end connections.

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Message 12 of 17 (652 Views)

Re: Cannot Create Custom Frame Member Part

07-01-2010 12:24 AM in reply to: ARCross



I fiddled with a custom notch and end plate yesterday, it seems to work, but the help file warns that one shouldn't add fearures to the base profile as it might give unexpected results...


I'm starting a new thread: Bolted Frames and End Connections. I'll post what I've accomplished (or NOT) there.



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Message 13 of 17 (651 Views)

Re: Cannot Create Custom Frame Member Part

07-01-2010 01:53 AM in reply to: Dennis_Jeffrey

Thanks, Dennis.

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Message 14 of 17 (625 Views)

Re: Cannot Create Custom Frame Member Part

09-03-2010 01:45 PM in reply to: ARCross

Just to bring up ghosts from the past... :smileyhappy:


I found this discussion today while trying to figure out why my custom created content centre files kept giving me the same error message as per the OP's first post here. No matter what I did, it just will not work.


I am running Inventor 2011 with Microsoft Office 2010, which I think is my problem. The final post by the OP stated that he had to repair his Office installation. Well, as I look into this, I have noticed that there is no support for Office 2010 yet, so I am guessing that is the case here.


So, I'm just posting this for anyone else that may be hitting their heads against a wall on this one as well. Not sure what I'm going to do to get around this, but that is what I have discovered in my travels today... :smileysad:

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Message 15 of 17 (288 Views)

Re: Cannot Create Custom Frame Member Part

02-06-2013 05:53 AM in reply to: ARCross

Once you create a frame member part,  where is the template file located? I deleted the original and there are no errors, so I assume the Content center saves a template somewhere, and its not in the documents/inventor/contentcenterfiles folder.


One problem is that some parts have missing vendor info,  which I forced in the family table by adding a column and mapping it.


The other problem I cannot fix,  the BOM structure needs edited, and I see no way to access these parameters from the family properties or table.



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Message 16 of 17 (275 Views)

Re: Cannot Create Custom Frame Member Part

02-07-2013 08:56 AM in reply to: tsreagan

I rebuilt the members from scratch to fix the BOM structure issues.


If someone could still clue me in as to the location of templates, or some way to access these paramaters after members have been created, it would be greatly appreciated.



If others are having issues with a particular frame member not getting the right part number assigned,

make sure your lengths for structural shapes are set to .001 like the stock library items.


I always wondered why they used .001 to start. 

It appears if a generated frame member length = the length of the default content center member then it will not properly generate part numbers for the member.


I was using 12in as my generic start length in the content center. It was just chance that my skeleton wire frame for testing content center parts had a few 12in wires, and when the members were generated over top of them, the part numbers were always wrong untill i changed the default length to .001.






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Message 17 of 17 (152 Views)

Re: Cannot Create Custom Frame Member Part

01-03-2014 04:14 AM in reply to: ARCross

I know I am very late to this party but thought I should share my experience with you.


I struggled for days to work out why this error message appeared.  Eventually our Inventor Support Company worked out the ilogic I introduced with the part file interferred with the publishing process.  When using the standard part file (without ilogic) the publishing process worked without a problem.


Hopefully this will save many hours of head scratching.  Thanks again to our support company, Quadra Solutions Ltd,





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