when the library of assets is complete our firm would like me
to make a connection to a tool which essentially generates all
the dimensions of the assets and therefore change the assets.
The desired functionality is to make FDS generate an assem-
bly of assets by the use of an Excel sheet. This would be a rack.
All the parts needed are there. Therefore I would need FDS to:
1. place the feet of the rack
2. place the rack on top of the feet (connectors are already the-
3. dimension the single shelve part (height varies, width is all the
same in the column.
4. place the top of the rack onto the column
5. do an array of the column of shelves
6. mirror the column
7. save the shelve for later use
The aim is to create a whole shelve by the use of the tool that
is already there and Inventors ability to accept tables as para-
meters when linked to an external file which would be genera-
ted by the tool itself.
Basically we need to automate the input of dimensions, the
placing of the assets and the array as well as the mirror com-
Did someone do something in the way already and are there
any examples to look up how this can be done and how to
adapt our environment according to this?
My thoughts so far:
1. I would need the tool to output not only dimensions but al-
so coordinates of the individual segments the shelve cons-
ists of. I don´t think the connector points can be used when
2. I would need at least a dummy array as I don´t know if I can
get FDS to do an array as long as there aren´t any objects.
I mean there WILL be objects- but can I use a linked Excel
sheet for ANY array that will be there ?
3. I might need no array. It could be easier to make FDS place
all the instances individually. This could result in a performan-
ce problem, but would be handy if connectors can´t be used.
All suggestions are very welcome. I´ve attached a screenshot of
what the output should look like. As it´s very uniform, automatisa-
tion should be possible.
Solved! Go to Solution.
I have did the same thing before. The workflow is as below.
1,Create the key control parameters in Excel
2,Link the parameters in Excel in Assembly parameter list by Link in Factory assembly
3,Place the assset in Factory assembly
4,Do array and mirror and link Excel parameters
5,Save the assembly
So any parameters updated in Excel, the assembly will be updated accordingly.
I create an simple sample by you assets you sent me before(Excel-Assembly-iLogic-Asset.zip) And recorded the workflow video for you reference(Parameters control.mp4 which is shared at Autodesk 360(http://a360.co/11l2SLV) since it is too big to upload in this thread.)
thank you so much for the video. I will keep you informed
about our progress and might be getting back to you later.
I will use the very same vid to show the theoretical capabi-
lities to my colleagues.
Thank you so much
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