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Create drawings from Family Tables

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Create drawings from Family Tables

Does anyone perhaps no of a way to automatically generate drawings of items in a family table.

 

I have about 25 instances in a family table, basically the amount of extrudes are more and the width grows.

 

I need to get flat DXF files to take to my laser machine.

 

I do this for different products. So opening over 200 instances of products, and manually making over 200 drawings is a pain in the ... um yes...

 

Is there a way to do this that anyone is aware of? your help will really be appreciated!

 

thanks for your time,

Derrick

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Re: Create drawings from Family Tables

What exactly are you wanting to automate?

You can set up template drawings that have predefined views (or view). You can turn off the rectangular border to avoid exporting it.

I'm sure that once each sheet is set up, there is a way to run a process to export each sheet but I don't know how to do that.

Re: Create drawings from Family Tables

Hi there,

the easy explanation is, I have about 50 or so versions of the part in a family table, I need DXF files at the end of the day.

Now, to create 50 drawings, all with top view, no border, A0 paper size, no hidden, scale 1:1, is really a big shlep.

there is gotta be a way I can open the part, process all 50 instances of the part of the family table while I step out for a nice hot cuppa coffee, come back and have my DXF files waiting for me?

thanks for taking time to respond, hopes this helps to explain what I am after?

thanks,

Derrick

Re: Create drawings from Family Tables

I just bring the thermos back to my desk and hunker down.

I am sure there are ways to automate this with a toolkit but I am certainly not the expert to define the process.

As far as I would even attempt to do this is to set up a couple of Mapkeys to simplify the mundane.

New page; new model; new view; set view properties; save-as; sip coffee... rinse and repeat.

Re: Create drawings from Family Tables

If you don't care to save the drawing (.drw) file for each instance, just replace the model in the drawing you have, export the DXF, replace with the next model and repeat.

If you do use this technique, you will need to rename the DXF as you export it to match the current instance (the tricky part).

In theory, you could create a trail file of the first few, expand it to include the rest of the instances and run the trail file. Getting this to work properly could take more time than running 50 DXF's, but if you ever have to do it again...

Re: Create drawings from Family Tables

he he he he, yeah. sounds fimiliar.

But the whole idea of CREO is to automate the mundane, there's gotta be a way.

thanks for replying. the hunt continues...

- Derrick

Re: Create drawings from Family Tables

Do the dwg once, copy the dwg and replace the model with another instance. The dims etc. will all work (as long as they don't reference geometry not resumed in that instance). You'll have to copy 50 dwgs, but it's not that hard since almost all of the work will already be done.

Re: Create drawings from Family Tables

Can you simply make a "tabulated" dwg instead?

Re: Create drawings from Family Tables

Dig into JLink (user manual is in the main installation folder)

I did it that way. it's not that hard just a little trial and error (i had only the very minimum knowledge of Java)

if you still searching for a solution i could mail you the java text

Re: Create drawings from Family Tables

I am interested in the answer to the original post.

Also, I am trying to do something similar with IGS and Step files. Anyway to export family table instances out as IGS or Step files without having to open each individual instances?