I started to explore iAssemblies and I have some questions regarding best practices, parts lists in particular.
Right now I am a little confused about the possible workflows, when iAssembly contains iParts. I have no questions with modeling, but drawings are more difficult.
I find strange that different members of the same iPart inserted into iAssembly have different item numbers. I don't understand how really to create assembly drawing given that feature.
If the item numbers would be the same for each member, I would simply create assembly drawing with balloons and the aggregate parts list - that would work because each iPart member wold have had the same balloon number.
But given that each iPart member has unique item number, the confusion arises. I can create separate assembly drawing with its own set of balloons and own separate parts lists - which is not the easiest or fastest workflow. I can also create aggregate parts list, which lists all iPart members, but I still need separate assembly drawings, again because of the unique item numbers for each member.
Am I missing something here? I repeat, I only started to explore iAssemblies.
I am very interested in learning best practice from experienced users who employ iAssembly drawings and parts lists in their real workflows.
No you are not missing anything.. Autodesk has half assed this functionality. I end up editing the bill of materials and making all the members have the same item number. Its annoying. Here is a small example of how I think it should work too. (see attached)
This is a circuit board assembly with 2 iparts that change based on the iassy member. I would love it if the parts list looked like that.
and here is what you can do if you edit the bill of materials and make the item numbers match for each ipart.
This is how our parts list used to look in the autocad days.. I really like this too.
Well, it looks like Autodesk. They are very good at releasing half-baked features... unfortunately.
Looks like we need to start a motion to lobby improvements in the iAssembly parts lists. Anybody fancy to join?