we often design alluminium profiles structures, so I would like to insert in the reuse library the common profiles we use.
The purpose is to pick a profile from the library and place it in my assembly, specifing the length, variable form 5 mm to 2000 mm.
There is a way to do that?
We manage this by using "Solid bodies" so called Weldments in our reusable library
The issue with us is, everytime you add a different length part to an assembly it requires a unique P/N. This is because we were using teamcenter.
Look at this thread I try to explain how I have our reuse library setup. It even has an example. It is very tought to explain how we have this setup.
The other thing when we do it this way, we can create an associative part list - cut list. I think this would be great if Siemens had a robust way to make "cut lists" for user defined sections.
The reason we do not use deformable parts, is because you can not make a cut list and bom with associative lenghts in drawing.
Thank you Sdeters, your way is just what I'm looking for.
Since few months ago we've worked with Solidworks, and it has a function called weldment profiles: I have just to design a 3d wireframe, then choosing the section ok the element to place into the wireframe and the joint cut type, so to obtain the frame I need, something like this:
The frame is just a part, and the function even provide a cut list, so I save in my vault the frame with the cut list of the used elements.
I'll try to follow your way in NX, that seems to be very close to what I'm used to
I didn’t want to mention about SolidWorks weldment because of its unparalleled user-friendly capabilities which is all included in the standard package.
Going beyond metal structures, with SWx, I’ve designed and built fences, Decks and tiered Stairs with automated cutlists and with optimised detailed drawings with material utilisation. For this I’ve to just create templates with the standard “Lumber” profiles and standard lengths. Also, those templates are readily available for you to download and very easy to customise according to your needs. If you want to see some samples check my website or just google.