I posted the following msg on the MODEL list a few days ago, but received no response (other than a few dozen out-of-office replies, in various languages), so I'm re-posting here. Thanks, Dan McCaherty
A few years back I was first trained on the Behavioral Modeling extension module. I remember hearing about a feature in BMX called 'External Analysis'. As I recall, after setting up the interface between Pro/E and the external application with Pro/TOOLKIT, you could pass variables (such as dimensions, parameters, etc) from Pro/E through an analysis feature, into this separate application. That external application would do whatever it was programmed to do, using that Pro/E data as input, and generate a solution which could then be automatically fed back into Pro/E as a modified dimension, parameter value, etc, and the model could be optimized. At least that's what I recall, but I have not used this part of BMX (yet) and have not had much luck finding anyone else that has used this feature, so I'm tossing a few questions out to the community: Is the external analysis capability still there? What sorts of external applications have you hooked up with? (I read about one example where they linked up Pro/E and ANSYS) If you have set up an external analysis application, how much work was involved in the TOOLKIT portion? Was there any maintenance work required when you moved to a newer version of Pro/E?