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Virtual Component LIbrary

Status: Under Review
by *Expert Elite* on ‎11-08-2012 11:30 AM

The ability of creating a virtual component library so that I can quickly add frequently used virtual components to my assembly already completed with the desired iProperty information

Status: Under Review
By: Contributor jhunt107 | Posted ‎11-08-2012 06:18 PM

I do love the idea of a quick access library, but did you know you can copy and paste virtual components from other assemblies. I recommend creating an empty assembly with a library of your virtual components.

By: *Pro | Posted ‎11-09-2012 05:24 AM , edited ‎11-09-2012 05:24 AM |

Did you know this can be done using ilogic and a excel spread sheet?

I have over 50 virtual components in my excel now that is ran with ilogic.


If you would like information on how to do this drop me an email.




By: *Expert Elite* | Posted ‎11-09-2012 05:44 AM

iLogic and Excel is an excellent idea, I will try that out

By: Contributor jhunt107 | Posted ‎11-11-2012 02:38 PM

I should have mentioned this first. FYI: I am currently not recommending Virtual Components to a client of mine because iProperties are only pulled from the first assembly used into a Vault "Item". If someone uses the same virtual component in a different assembly then changes the iProps they will not be updated on the Vault "Item". Instead I have them insert and ground an empty part.


However your ilogicspreadsheet idea sounds interesting jletcher, I will consider that.

By: Valued Contributor DVDM | Posted ‎11-14-2012 05:51 PM

Workarounds? Fine, but there's still a need for a standard content library managed centrally, not this 'load up a template file' business.

By: Contributor MDS-MQ | Posted ‎11-16-2012 09:27 AM

I have always used a "dummy part" Fill the I-properties in and leave the part blank (no model). This way you can add the part to the library and reuse it in as many places as you like.


Go Old school, long before the marketing driven software was conceived.

By: Employee | Posted ‎04-03-2013 12:14 PM
Status changed to: Under Review
By: RCHDUMA1 | Posted ‎01-21-2015 04:32 AM

It would also be nice if you had the ability to add them to a bom if needed.

By: Distinguished Contributor mikeh | Posted ‎01-21-2015 04:57 AM

We found Virtual Components to cumbersome to use from day 1 and didn't play well with Vault and was a unique work flow to create them.  I personally don't want any development dollars put towards it.  What we opted to do as a work around is create word models for these.


Take Grease for example.


What we do is create a model which contains extruded text .001 tall.  It gets full iproperities and even an IDW.  As we have the model iproperties populate the IDW all the way through the Items in vault pro.  It's treated as any other part and can be pulled into any model and constrained.  We can run a revision on them just like any other part and you have a functioning where used in Vault should the grease get discontinued or a better grade...........  So for all bulk items (grease, chain, cable, oil....) they're treated just like any other part we make with the exception that the qty is overwritten on the IDW's part list.


The only downside side is a partial quantity does not pass on to Vault Pro usage as it turns it back to a whole number.

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