We use a lot of flexible tubing here. All of our assembly drawings that use this tubing end up in AutoCAD because we can specify the amount of inches a particular tube is in the quantity column of our BOM. Say, for instance, item #3 is a tube that's 4" long, we simply place 4" in the quantity column, Item #4 is also a tube, 8" long, so 8" is placed in the quantity column.
My question is, how to do this in Pro. I know I can create analysis features, relations to automatically generate a "tube_length" parameter and use that in my BOM. My thinking is going along the lines of when you use bulk items. With bulk items using "asm_mbr_type=="BULK ITEM". IS there a "asm_mbr_type==FLEXIBLE_ITEM" or similar that is used for flexible components or is this functionality not supported in WF4?
As of right now, my BOM just indicates 2 pieces of tubing in an assembly, what I want (or would like to have) is to have separate lines in the BOM for each and be able to indicate the tube lengths in quantity column.
And to chime in on the Creo importing of non-native data. I'm wondering how useful this is actually going to end up being. My experience is that importing a file from a vendor or supplier is a convenience to me. The supplier/vendor "owns" that part. My ability to change/modify it to suit my needs is useless unless my company wants to make the part ourselves. Just my initial thoughts on this.
Jeff Horacek Sr. Designer [cid:112181012@29102010-333E] STERIS Corporation 5960 Heisley Rd. Mentor, OH 44060 (440)392-7721 P (440)392-8954 F