I am fairly new to NX and am using NX10. I have an assembly with many parts and want to a succession of views in the drawing set to show how parts are added. I have looked at using Arrangements and Reference Sets to specify what parts show up in a view but they do not appear to be the correct way to go. Creating a view of the entire assembly then hiding appropriate parts is really tedius and time consuming; I'm betting there is a much better way. Can somebody share with me how that is done?
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I used Hide Components in View, but given the number and layers of parts it is quite tedious. Does the Layer visible in View refer to the model layers or layers created in the drawing? As far as I can tell so far it refers to drawing layers; it would be easier to assign parts to layers in the model. So it looks like Arrangements would be an appropriate tool to use. So I would create named arrangements, suppress appropriate parts for each one, then specify that arrangement when creating the drawing view, correct?
Is your drawing a separate part to your assembly? If it is then its likely that your assembly was added on a single layer to the drawing file. You can manage layer propagation up through levels by editing component properties. With the drawing as the work part, right click the assembly node in the ANT, chose properties and note the Layer Option on the Assembly tab. You can inherit the assemblies layer options up to the drawing level.
Regarding Layer Visible in View, the layers you have managed in your drawing part file (in the modeling application) are the ones you can enable/disable in your drawing views. In my opinion, arrangements would be more cumbersome to manage than Hide Components in View (or Layers Visible in View). Your steps to create arrangments are correct.
AHAA! That's what I'm looking for! I did do the drawing as a separate part file. Now I've activated the drafting function in the assembly file, created a view, and can turn on/off visibility using the layers.