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Ability to bookmark components to be assembled

Ability to bookmark components to be assembled

1. Describe your environment: What is your industry? What is your role in your organization? Describe your stakeholders.
Aerospace, CAD User, CAD Users

2. What version of Creo Parametric are you currently running?
Creo 7

3. Describe the problem you are trying to solve. Please include detailed documentation such as screenshots, images or video.

The idea is to be able to bookmark commonly used components for assembly. These could be common fasteners or things like models of torque wrenches that are used quick for clearance checks but not needed as part of the final design.


We are in the process of adding this feature through the use of mapkeys, but it would be nice if there was a way for each individual to do this to their own session without needing to create individual mapkeys and editing the GUI on their own.




We will have an assembly button with a drop down that lists common components that we want.

4. What is the use case for your organization?
Some components might have long or hard to remember component file names. Currently users have to search for the component name and then pick it out amongst the list of search results, and then add it to the Creo assembly. This can be difficult if they were not the ones that named it in the first place and it has a somewhat ambiguous name.

5. What business value would your suggestion represent for your organization?

It would save time doing searches and adding the components, but it would also increase the quality of product by making it easier for the engineers to do quick volume checks.

Community Manager
Status changed to: Acknowledged

Hello @Chris3,
Thank you for your idea and the information provided.


I agree. It's a time consuming process to search for components to assemble if there are hundereds or thousands of copmonents in the current directory. And for each addition of an already inserted component, we have to search it again. for non-Windchill users, it would be an usabiliy and speed improvement to have a user defined "current" parts or sub-assemblies from which to choose, instead of searching in the current directory, or in the "in session" list.


The old Pro/Intralink 3.x software had a "briefcase" capability that allowed the user to collect objects that were of interest to the user. The briefcase allowed the user to act directly on the objects right in the briefcase itself (checkout, revise, etc.). PDMLink has "favorites", but they are just links to the objects. The links to individual objects don't work in the file open dialog. Working without PDMLink, the user can only flag folders, not individual objects.


Bringing back the briefcase functionality may solve the problem presented here as well as add some other functionality (mass revise, rename, etc.).


We have "preferred" hardware flagged in Pro/Intralink (11.1) via a parameter that we use as a filter to reduce the size of the list of objects, but this is for everyone, not individual users. This won't work without Windchill.




Dan N.