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I have a project that I am working on and I have a common drive assembly that we use to retrofit existing equipment.  I will need about 30 different configurations of this assembly.  The only difference configuration to configuration is the length of an ACME ball screw.  the problem I am having is when I change the configuration in a assembly it automatically updates all of the drawings and assemblies to the current configuration. what am I doing wrong and what can I do?

 

thanks

 

Brad K


Categories: Modeling and Assemblies, Assemblies

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Last comment By: Newell Voss   Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:03:40 GMT
Re: what is the best way to set up a configuration in a assembly?

Hi Brad,

You are gonna need 30 configs of the acme ball screw,

30 configs of the assembly, each assem config referencing different config of acme ball screw

make drawing of one config so it looks good,

copy drawing sheet and paste 30 times.

Then go through each sheet and change this to desired config.

ScreenShot_20170913112911.png

Then you should have 30 different versions that update accordingly.

By: Ned Hutchinson  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 02:03:54 GMT
Re: what is the best way to set up a configuration in a assembly?

Firtstly maybe you should make the different lengths just in the ACME ball screw of its own assembly different conigurations accordingly,after that the ACME ball screw assembly is the sub-assembly of retrofit existing equipment assembly, then change the different lengths configurations of the sub-assembly just only in this configuration,not the all configuration.

Finally,you check it if there are some helps! @Brad K

By: Kelvin Zhang  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 01:32:06 GMT
Re: what is the best way to set up a configuration in a assembly?

Instead of selecting this configuration, you might be selecting all configurations. That's what caused all the drawing and configured configurations of that assembly to update.Please attached imageConfiguration.png

And according to me the best to make configuration, in this case, would be " In the main assembly, right click on the part ACME Ball screw and click on configure component it will open a dialog box as attached below. Type configuration name and the respective configuration of Acme ball screw against that configuration.This is by far the fastest way according to me to configure componentconfiguration-1.JPG

By: Daljeet Singh  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:06:27 GMT
Re: what is the best way to set up a configuration in a assembly?

Why not use a design table to drive the length of  the screw and then just place a TIB block on you print for referencing? No need to rebuild the whole asm every time..

By: Newell Voss  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:21:33 GMT
Re: what is the best way to set up a configuration in a assembly?

thank you that is very helpful

By: Brad Kimber  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:42:56 GMT
Re: what is the best way to set up a configuration in a assembly?

I am planning to use a design table to drive the length.  Can you tell me what a TIB block is? I am not familiar with it.

 

thanks

By: Brad Kimber  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:42:07 GMT
Re: what is the best way to set up a configuration in a assembly?

Yes, I would do the same! I have done in the same way recently to one of our project where the design is pretty much same but would vary in heights of the overall assembly, so I have configured the dimension to create the design table. The highest number of configurations that I have dealt with are of 80 of just one type and have done 8 types of various number of configurations the same way. And I have spent like no more than few hours to generate the production files.

 

I would recommend this method for such kind of designs!

By: Vaishnavi Chatti  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:30:21 GMT
Re: what is the best way to set up a configuration in a assembly?

short for "Tab Information Block". Which is created automatically when using the design table. Basically a snapshot of your design table configs or "tabs" for use on a print when you have an assembly or part that references another part with multiple configurations (ie, lengths of your screw) that is needed for the build.

typically would look something like this:

2017-09-14_7-01-03.jpg

By: Newell Voss  Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:03:40 GMT
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