We are trying to determine the best way of managing drawings for part family templates with Tc integration. In an ideal world, we would create a tabulated drawing at the template level and should be able to pull the table on the face of the drawing from the spreadsheet. In addition, we should be able to relate the drawing (PDF) to each family member automatically.
Is this possible? Does anyone have any experience or best practices on how to handle this scenario?
In a TC environment, all children can be found under the parent part.
This means your drawing should only be referenced in the item revision of your parent part and nowhere else.
Normally, children don't have any other datasets except the 3D model.
Best practice is to show dimensions on the drawing as parametric values and display these values in a table.
You could also covert the view into a snapshot so it doesn't load any 3D data, when opening it to make changes like adding new parts to the list, saving overall load times.
The table drawing is a classic way to do it, then you do not have to maintain tons of single drawings.
However it is possible to do this.
Another way is in the drawing of the mother model is to import views from other children and dimension the areas that are of interested.
Page one would show 80% of dimensions of the part and the other pages show the children and the rest 20% of dimensions are shown. At the end there is one drawing file and you can maintain all children or specific children in the drawing. And if you change the children, then the views will also be associative and will change with.
How does that sound?