Part of our design process requires that the engineers create layout drawings at various stages of the project, these layout drawings describe the design intent and show compliance with internal and external standards ie clearances, vision anlages, tyre envelopes etc
The Engineer doing the drawing may not be responsible for the design of all the components and assemblies on the drawing.
When the Engineer goes to update the drawing they are finding that there are lots of new layers which need hiding in the drawing, these new layers are caused by:
So the Engineers then need to go through all these new layers and hide them manually to correct their drawing views, in 1 case a layout drawing had 200 layers, with only about 5 of them actually needed for the views.
So what I have been asked to investigate is whether or not their is a way to set all layers to hidden by default and then only have to unhide the required layers? In other CAD packages this was achieved with layer numbers and all numbers in a range could be hidden or shown by default, is it possible to replicate this functionality in Creo, we are wasting many hundreds of hours per year sorting out layers status for these layout drawings.
It's really difficult at the point of doing the drawing for there to be anything other than manual layer manipulation.
If you force your users to clean up the layers in the models as they make the models, your drawing layers will be much easier to control.
Modelcheck can help you control layers but you would have to set it up and also enforce its usage, not an easy task. And it won't help much with legacy parts/assemblies unless you want to modify those models when you use them.