Ajustable part variable shown in BOM properties

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

I use a lot of ''cut to lenght parts'' (tubes, spring,....) and i dont want to create a new part number( and filename) each time i use a new lenght. So i use ajustable part so i can ajust my part the lenght i need when inserting. I then expose the ajustable variable so i can use it in BOM properties. The problem is when i insert the part, the part ajust to the right length but the ajustable variable doesnt change. Capture.PNG

In this example, the part FE5-0001 is an ajustable part. The ajustable variable is linear_2. In the part, linear_2 is 50mm but in the assemble, In the assembly linear2 is 63mm but it still shows 50mm. I want 63mm to be usable in BOM so i can determine the quantity.  Is there a way to achieve what i want ??

PS. using frames doesnt work cause i have parts that are not extrusions (springs,....) 

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Re: Ajustable part variable shown in BOM properties

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

Can you set the length as a variable with a dimension or a measure variable and use that variable in a BOM column?

Is that "63" dimension not showing in the variable table? Or is it the "Linear_2" name?

Bruce Shand
ST9 MP10 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Ajustable part variable shown in BOM properties

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

capture1.PNGCapture2.PNGI want to variable to be a part properties so it show the lenght on the part line

Re: Ajustable part variable shown in BOM properties

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

You need to add a length column and reference the appropriate variable for it.

Bruce Shand
ST9 MP10 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Ajustable part variable shown in BOM properties

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

My lenght change from an assembly to another so i cant reference a lenght in my part and if i reference a variable from the assembly it wont show in BOM . I could be wrong could you do an example for me plz

Re: Ajustable part variable shown in BOM properties

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

I think you are correct. This is harder than it would seem.

Bruce Shand
ST9 MP10 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Ajustable part variable shown in BOM properties

Honored Contributor
Honored Contributor

Hi,


IMHO this could be a task for using structure frames.

 

There You have one cross section part defing the profile and this could be used in every assembly for a different path and curve

 

Length, cut size etc. are generated for every single occurnce

 

 

regards

Wolfgang

 



regards
Wolfgang

Re: Ajustable part variable shown in BOM properties

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

I have some parts like cut-to-length springs that cannot be done by frame. 

Re: Ajustable part variable shown in BOM properties

Honored Contributor
Honored Contributor

I use both the frame method and a work around method.

The work around was suggested above. I use the variable name "L" for this.

Sometimes I add L to the drawing as a dimension. Sometimes I re-name the protrusion variable to L.

 

I already have a column I use for this because my title bock is set up for sheet metal where it displayed flat pattern X. In that column, I also display L and frame cut length. The part should only have one of the three variable to display depending on the type of part.

Re: Ajustable part variable shown in BOM properties

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

The problem with this workaround, is that the L you define in your part will stay the same even is your part is ajustable and with a different lenght in another assembly. L is defined at the part level and wont change even if it is ajustable. If you are able to do it id like an example plz