Okay, so I'm slowly re-learning what I've forgotten in Inventor and realizing that if I was on subscription and had the latest versions all along I would be so much better off. With that being said, I have created multiple assemblies using my favorite thing - the frame generator, and I want to copy the entire assembly and use it to represent another model for the next customer while still preserving the original assembly. If I recall Vault has a way to do this by using Copy Design. Since I am not using Vault is there another way to do this? I appreciate all your help, assistance, comments, constructive criticism, etc., etc.
I do this all the time using the design assistant. It's incredibly cumbersome, and not intuitve, but it's all I am left with being that my company cannot use Vault. AD needs to update it badly but it works.
It's also not a bad idea to be familiar with the standard naming schemes and file structures of frame generator as well (Curtis has a good chapter on it in his Mastering IV book series).
So do you RMB the assembly file or the folder? Is it actually the Design Assistant or is it Pack & Go? How do you actually do this?
I use the actual design assistant. I've had to learn it by trial and error as the documentation for this thing SUCKS, and like I said earlier it needs a major overhaul. I guess AD just assumes that everyone can use their Vault software and that's not the case.
My exact workflow is listed out below but there are a few things to note first:
1.) My frame generator files always use the default names and folder structure (per Paul Doubet's advice).
2.) I learned about the file structure and the parameters and components (from Curtis' Mastering IV Book).
3.) I spent some time with a practice assembly and design assistant to figure out how the thing worked.
4.) My frame generator models always follow a similar setup (with the skeleton geometry, etc.)
5.) I don't mind taking my time with this to make sure I have all the files and folder locations correct. It doesn't take that long once you've done this a bunch and I would rather spend the time to make sure I got everything the way I want it before I hit the "save" button, than to find out later I am accidentally reusing a file from the old location.
My workflow is this:
1.) I open the top most assembly of my required design in design assistant.
2.) I use the "find files" option at the bottom of the window to locate the drawing files.
3.) I make sure I have all the files I need listed in the two panes (upper and/or lower).
4.) I go through each file, line by line and select from the "action" column which files I want to copy, which I want to rename, and which files I want to replace (In most of my instances I end up copying everything but the other tools are handy once in a while and sometimes I want to reuse some of the existing files). You can use the shift select to get them all to "copy" quickly if you just need a copy of everything.
5.) After I have set the files to "copy" I use either the "subfolder" column or the "name" column to set the location, and new name (if needed), of the new files that are to be created. The "subfolder" method allows you to change multiple files easily to a new folder provided the subfolder path is in the same project file as the design you are copying. The "name" method can take more time because you have to do the files one at a time but you can copy the files outside the project file path and rename them at the same time. If you set the new folder up in one of your Windows "favorites" locations then it can be pretty quick to go through these.
Just remember to follow the same Frame Generator folder structure that is there by default (frame member files in a subfolder named "Frame", etc.).
I hope this helps. Good luck.
P.S. There is a copy design tool that you can unpack and install as well but I have had a terrible time using that tool on frame generator designs so I abandoned it. Others may have additional advice though.
I thought I'd share this link for those of you who need to copy Frame Genertor Assemblies. I tested this just briefly, and it seemed to work.
Hierarchy Clone for Inventor
I hope this helps.
Best of luck to you in all of your Inventor pursuits,
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Thanks! I will try it and let you know how it works. I am currently using the CopyDesign utility and it works okay but I do have some reserves about it. Maybe this is better?
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