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Opening an assembly that contains parts from different folder/-s ?

Genius
Genius

Hello

How to open fully an assembly that contain parts that are not in the main folder and are greyed out because of that reason (= Parts exist but are in a different folder/-s ) ?

 

Someone said something about adding "..." to somewhere or such...

Now I'm just manually loading the greyed out parts with replace-funtion.

 

Are there check boxes or such in Load options or so...?

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Re: Opening an assembly that contains parts from different folder/-s ?

Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
Siemens Phenom

Load: From Search Folders

Add required folder path followed by "..." (eg: C:\Users\Parts...). By this all sub folders under "Parts" folder will get searched for the required parts to load in the respective assembly.

Re: Opening an assembly that contains parts from different folder/-s ?

Genius
Genius
So does it work only when the parts are inside the main for example: C:\Assembly\Subassembly 1\... ?
or can it find from totally other paths C:\Subassembly 1, C:\Subassembly 2 or even D:\Subassembly 3 ?

Re: Opening an assembly that contains parts from different folder/-s ?

Solution Partner Phenom Solution Partner Phenom
Solution Partner Phenom

you that is possible.

if you set more locations in the search folders then NX will search through all the folders.

 

Make sure by doing this the loading can become slower, because of the search in walks through all the folders.


Ruud van den Brand
Pre-sales NX CAD
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Re: Opening an assembly that contains parts from different folder/-s ?

Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
Siemens Phenom

The ... only works for sub-folders. If all the search folders are at the same level or in totally different paths then you need to enter all of the possible folders in the list:

C:\Assembly\Subassembly 1...

C:\Subassembly 2...

D:\Subassembly 3...

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Regards,
Abe

Re: Opening an assembly that contains parts from different folder/-s ?

Genius
Genius

So basically I can just put the drive letter C:\..., D:\..., E:\... it just takes longer to search ?

Re: Opening an assembly that contains parts from different folder/-s ?

Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
Siemens Phenom

That's correct performance will suffer. Also, as long as the components have unique names it will work fine. However, if you have 2 parts with the same name in different folders, then the first one found wins.

Regards,
Abe

Re: Opening an assembly that contains parts from different folder/-s ?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

For performance reasons, I would suggest NOT using the root folder of every drive...

 

Sounds like you need some standards for where parts reside, other than "anywhere and everywhere"

 

If you are a single person shop, Maybe make folder trees "C:\NX_Parts\..." and (if you want to eventually move projects to a server, D:\NX_parts\..., or whatever, as well).

 

Note load options can be saved/opened.  So you could (in theory) have different load options files for each project you work on, to further filter these directory trees...

Ken Akerboom Sr CAx Systems Engr, Moog, Inc.
Production: NX10.0.3.5 MP16/TC11.2
I'd rather be e-steamed than e-diseaseled


Re: Opening an assembly that contains parts from different folder/-s ?

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

Why not set Assembly Load options to "AS SAVED".

 

Once saved with all parts in the assembly, it will find all parts later.

 

 

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Re: Opening an assembly that contains parts from different folder/-s ?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

@jadodarowrote:

Why not set Assembly Load options to "AS SAVED".

 

Once saved with all parts in the assembly, it will find all parts later.

 

 

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That works until a file gets moved. Moving files around seems to be somewhat of a sport among some users.