We have a "special" format here that we use for exporting our DXF files from. That format is basically blank, except for one important / critical piece of information: the revision letter of the part. Up until now, this hasn't really been a big deal for the ME guys that do our pathing, because they had to manually touch every part , so deleting this revision block , wasn't a huge deal. But, we've now gotten some new laser pathing software that allows us to go straight from DXF file to G-CODE with no interaction. Obviously, if we could get this working it would save us a TON of time.
When our rep (Amada, not PTC) showed us this, he suggested that we simply punt the revision code. That's not really a good deal, because even though it would be automated, if we ever DID want to verify which version the DXF was, we would no longer have that information. The second suggestion then, was to put the revision information onto a layer, and then he would just block that layer for the automation part of things, and we could still see it if needed .I didn't think at the time that this was doable in a FORMAT, and I have since verified that I can't figure out how to put this revision code on a layer IN THE FORMAT.A nd it has to be in the format, becasue that's the part that we want to be able to add to this sheet to setup all of the parameters, etc. Then, we find out that the software can automatically "reject" pure text, if it's pure text. That works good, but the problem there is that the revision letter MUST be in a table to show up as a parameter on the titleblock, so it has lines around it. The text would / could go away ,but the lines surrounding the table would still be there.
So, I've gotten it down to the following bits:
I want / need the information in this TABLE to show up, but I don't want the outside table lines. I have tried blanking these lines, and I can't get them to blank, because you can only blank internal lines. I have tried adding the parameter in this case, &REVISION_LETTER to the format just as text/ note, and that doesn't work either, because with tables, the only way that parameters work is if they are in a table, so I'm back to the point that I need to have the table lines blanked.
Does anyone know of a way that I might be able to do this? Am I missing something on putting this information on a layer that I can turn off (that would solve the problem as well)? Is there a way to blank these outside table lines, OR put all tables onto a table layer?, which may or may not work, because this table is in the FORMAT, and not on the drawing.
I am so close to having something totally automated, and one little fly in the ointment is preventing that, and this seems so simple, that there HAS to be something that I'm missing, but I can't figure out what that something is ...
WF5 - M070
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