I need to create a BOM report of a full system and add into it items that are not modeled in the assembly. Items like cables and bolts (I try to minimize bolts in the model to make it lighter).
I wish that these items will show in the BOM report just as any other part with title, custom properties etc.
I'm trying to find the best way to add them to the assembly. I found two possible ways to do so:
I can add virtual parts using the "visual component structure editor". The problem is that virtual part will only have "name" and no other value in the report.
Can you share how do you handle this issue?
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As for items like bolts if you have at least one of every type used in the assembly you could change the quantity override in occurrence properties so the bom quantity reflects the desired total. As for empty parts I don't know what problems could occur but I would think none.
I think, that Virtual Components are not the right way what You are looing for.
Wether bolts, nuts, etc. are vaild or practiable parts for this, might not be the question.
But, if You are looking for items in a bom which are not inserted/modeled in Your ASM than look for
"Non-Graphical Parts" in the help documentation.
You can put them into Your asm (best is sing the CTRL-LMB to bring in (so they are grounded automaticvally)
and You can define the quantity number for them as You need it.
There are even different props for them to not only use quantity number but length, mass, area or whatever measure value for them are necessary
but I have to agree to Your input as I haven't read so far.
I only have seen "Virtaul Components" and "Structure Editor"
I think "Empty Parts" are going into the direction of "Non-Graphical Parts" and therefore this might be the right way to do.
The information about is a little bit hidden in the help docu, but a search (F1) for "Non-Graphic" always bring me to the correct information page.
There are 2 user defined properties to enter in the NG part:
This is what I was thinking in "empty part", and its great to see it as a work flow in the help system.
I'm not sure that I will use the SE_ASSEMBLY_QUANTITY_OVERRIDE & SE_ASSEMBLY_QUANTITY_STRING
Because in the BOM report the quantity shows as 4.00 and not 4.
I will probebly just go with parts with no model in them, and change the "user-defined quantity" to yes when there is a need for that.