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Wildfire Flexible Components & Intralink

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Wildfire Flexible Components & Intralink

Has anyone used the new Flexible Components in Wildfire with Intralink? From what I've seen Flexible Components seem to be a great idea, but not when using Intralink. If you make something flexible then set it read only the object will no longer flex when opened in ProE because it is read only. This means Flexible Components are no good for library parts or any part that goes though release levels that make the parts read only to the user.

PTC Intralink tech support said that Intralink is working correctly by not letting the user modify the file by flexing it and that I should submit an enhancement request. It sounds like the ProE developers neglected to think about this one.

Dave
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> Has anyone used the new Flexible Components in Wildfire with
>Intralink? From what I've seen Flexible Components seem to be a
>great idea, but not when using Intralink. If you make something
>flexible then set it read only the object will no longer flex when
>opened in ProE because it is read only. This means Flexible
>Components are no good for library parts or any part that goes though
>release levels that make the parts read only to the user.
I had tried it but not with a Read Only part.

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>PTC Intralink tech support said that Intralink is working correctly
>by not letting the user modify the file by flexing it and that I
>should submit an enhancement request. It sounds like the ProE
>developers neglected to think about this one.
Definitely.. Major error in thinking.

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>Dave
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Another major oversight on PTC's part is that you can't show a BOM balloon
for a flexible component. This makes them useless for assembly drawings.

Re: Wildfire Flexible Components & Intralink

What we did was instead of making our library parts read only, we made them locked by specific "admin" users, so that nobody could check them in however they could still be modified. The only problem with this is that everytime you put a flexible item into an assembly it becomes modified in Intralink (every time you regenerate).

As well wh ahave figured out a mickey mouse way to get around the BOM balloon problem. change the BOM balloon attribute to be "No Duplicates/ Level" instead of "No Duplicates". There is still one issue with this, and that is you can only attach the BOM balloon to the first flexible item (of that specific length). It refuses to attach to any others.


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Wildfire Flexible Components & Intralink

Flexible components work fine for us - they never get marked "Modified"
when saving an assembly in which they are flexed. They do have the BOM
balloon problems though.

WF2-M250, 3.3M022

Mike Foster
ATK Space

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RE: Wildfire Flexible Components & Intralink

One work around for the BOM Balloon problem is to change the table to No Duplicates/Level

To Do this (in a drawing):

-Click the TABLE button (next to file, edit, view, insert, sketch).

-Click Repeat Region

-Click Attributes (in the Menu Manager)

-Select the Table (Bill of Materials)

-Select No Dup/Level (you will probably have No Duplicates selected)

-Select Flat

This is a patch job for the problem, because you will still have problems. You will only be able to attach the balloon to the first flexible item (with the same part number) added to your assembly. But at least this way there will still be a BOM Balloon on your drawing. If you rearrange your model tree you can put the item that you want the balloon attached to first.

If i confused you more than anything, email me

Ryan VanVeen
Engineering Dept
Walinga Inc.
rzv@walinga.com


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