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creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

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creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

ok loving the new lite Intelligent Fastener Extension, but

 

what i want to know is how do i add new parameters to the entire family?

i know i can add them at the part level every time i use them

but i want them to be default parameters and not something i have to muck on with every time.

 

for example

ASSY1=BUW_NAME

ASSY2 = BUW_SIZE

MATERIAL = PTC_MATERIAL_NAME

MAT_DESC1 = BUW_NAME

MAT_DESC2 = BUW_SIZE

 

 

these are parameters that i use in all of my start parts so that they work with my default bom

 

also having the part name in lowercase is a bit crap as well but that's minor

 

so where is the part or spreadsheet or what ever it is

 

ideas?

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Re: creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

Short answer, NO. Long answer below.

All the models used are stored in the following location:

<loadpoint>Creo 3.0\F000\Common Files\afx\parts

You can drill down deeper to see specific fasteners. For example, Holokrome screws are here:

<loadpoint>Creo 3.0\F000\Common Files\afx\parts\screws_and_pins\screws\HoloKrome

From a cursory look, it would seem that a part without a family table is loaded, then the family table itself is created from the .dat file, then finally the specific family table instance is saved as a stand alone part for use in your assembly. This whole technique is NOT going to play well with a PDM system.

I opened one of the parts and added my own parameters. Unfortunately, as soon as you attempt to place a new fastener with the modified part you get a pop up saying you can't use it.

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There seems to be some pretty touchy file checking that is making sure you haven't changed anything.

One more weird fact, I found it fascinating that the part I modified (hk-shcs-unrc.prt) was last saved in 2004 using Pro/e version 2001. Pretty old parts.

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Re: creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

Short answer, NO. Long answer below.

All the models used are stored in the following location:

<loadpoint>Creo 3.0\F000\Common Files\afx\parts

You can drill down deeper to see specific fasteners. For example, Holokrome screws are here:

<loadpoint>Creo 3.0\F000\Common Files\afx\parts\screws_and_pins\screws\HoloKrome

From a cursory look, it would seem that a part without a family table is loaded, then the family table itself is created from the .dat file, then finally the specific family table instance is saved as a stand alone part for use in your assembly. This whole technique is NOT going to play well with a PDM system.

I opened one of the parts and added my own parameters. Unfortunately, as soon as you attempt to place a new fastener with the modified part you get a pop up saying you can't use it.

6.PNG

There seems to be some pretty touchy file checking that is making sure you haven't changed anything.

One more weird fact, I found it fascinating that the part I modified (hk-shcs-unrc.prt) was last saved in 2004 using Pro/e version 2001. Pretty old parts.

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Re: creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

drat.

so i might be able to change them if i have the full version of ifx?...

i can see the conversation now,

"hi cfo i would like to get x amount of licences that let me draw bolts in our cad package"

" what have you been doing in the past "

"well we could draw bolts but it took slightly more time"

" so why do you need this new thing then?"

"its faster and does a lot of the work for me"

"how much it it"

"its $xxxx.xx per seat"

"ಠ_ಠ"

"ill just go back to my desk"

hrmn i could change the bom table to have a second sub table for just fasteners

might have to go with that

Re: creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

More PTC spam... I haven't found a single occasion for Manikin lite either.

Re: creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

You can turn it off it you don't want to see it. From the Read Me document:

To turn PTC Creo Intelligent Fastener Extension off, set the configuration option

intelligent_fastener_enabled to no and restart PTC Creo Parametric.

Re: creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

Cool! Spam with a switch

Re: creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

I don't see a way to turn off Manikin, but you can disable AFX and the learning connector.

By default the Learning Connector is active. To disable the Learning Connector set the configuration option

enable_learning_connector to no.

To disable the Advanced Framework Extension (AFX), set the configuration option afx_enabled to NO.

Re: creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

good to know,

thats going into the config.sup file asap

Re: creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

So, those of us who've paid maintenance for years and, I believe, once paid extra for Pro/Library to get a bunch of poorly modeled, family table driven fasteners that hadn't been touched by PTC since the early 90s now get to pay again (and likely for the same parts) if we want "intelligent" (but likely still poorly modeled) fasteners?

Yep, sounds like PTC.

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Doug Schaefer | Engineering Manager
Crow Works

Re: creo 3.0 Intelligent Fastener Extension, can we add new parameters to the file?

And don't forget, prices go up this quarter for -everything-! Remember, recycling is a green thing to do