IÃ¢ÂÂm creating drawings for a family tabled parts/assemblies. What I would like to do is to put each instance on its own sheet within a single drawing file. To save some time, I would like to completely detail just one sheet then copy it and replace the models to get the remaining parts/assemblies drawn.
Kind of like a Save As, but without creating a new drawing file.
There is no nice way to do thisÃ¢ÂÂ nice opportunity for an enhancement!
The only way is a convoluted approach as described below.
Helpful suggestions below:
I hope someone gives you a better answer than this, but the only way I know to do this is: Create your first sheet drawing and detail everything. Do a save a copy for each instance. Open the copy replace the instance for each copy. Go back to the first drawing. Insert shared data from file and add the copied drawing. It will become sheet 2. Repeat for all other instances.
Please let me know if there is a better way to do this.
You will not be able to accomplish this unless you put all common dimensions on one page and then list only specific dimensions for each different instance. Additionally if the dimension only changes value it will not show on the subsequent pages. The only way to save your current page & change the instance on each sheet is to saveas to a new file change out the instance and then merge the new drawing to the original, but this will not give you the existing dimensions on the first page on the rest of the pages.
Hope that helps, but I doubt it will,
I think you can copy the drawing, change the instance on the copied drawing and then merge the drawing back together. This type of thing has been posted before. (I don't remember the exact picks for the remerging.)
Yes it is possible, we do it all the time. Create your first sheet using the generic (or the first instance) and fully detail your drawing. Then replace the model with the first (or next) instance and "save a copy" under a bogus name (merge1). Repeat this process for each of the instances giving each copy a unique name (merge1, merge2 etc.). Once you have created all the required copies, switch the model back to the original and "merge" the bogus sheets in one a time. If you have any questions or require clarification, let me know.
One method I know off the top of my head will work...
-make a single sheet drawing exactly as you want them all. -do a save as as many times as you have instances, -replace the instance shown in each sheet as you like. -go back to the original drawing (I assume you want this as sheet 1?) -merge each drawing into the first and there you have it.
There will be extra drawing files left behind, but there is NO link to these, the merged sheet and the original file it came from are completely separate.
The merge does have some ramifications for repeat regions and such (its in the help for the merge command) but every time I have used it, it is a very clean command, leaves me with exactly what I want.