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Design Manager - how do I ensure all linked files are listed?

Pioneer
Pioneer

Hi,

 

I am trying to use Design Manager to rename all my files. I had created an assembly, along with parts and detailed drawings for each of the parts and the assembly. I had done this on my desktop, but am now looking for renaming everything and moving it onto the drawing server.

 

For this I wanted to use Design Manager, to make sure that all links are maintained. However, not everything is being selected.

 

If I open the Assembly in DM, I get the assembly and the parts, but no drawings.  I found that when I renamed the assembly file, my assembly drawing lost the link, and I had to use DM to relink the two.

 

If I open the assembly drawing in DM, I get the assembly but no parts or drawings.

 

If I open a part on DM, just that part opens; no drawings, and no assembly which the part is contained within.

 

If I open a part drawing on DM, I get the associated part, but nothing else.

 

I should add at this point that I have looked to see if there are any closed trees (I looked for boxes with a + in them) but in all cases there are none; when DM opens the trees (if any) are all fully expanded.

 

So, how do I ensure that when I open an assembly in DM that ALL drawings, assemblies and parts are listed in DM?

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Re: Design Manager - how do I ensure all linked files are listed?

Phenom
Phenom

You need to run a 'Where Used' to find the drawings before processing the models.

This can be done on one or more models in the assembly tree.

I can't remember if DM automatically updates the drawings to the new link, or if you still have to set them to 'Update' like in Revision Manager.

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Re: Design Manager - how do I ensure all linked files are listed?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Yes, pretty sure you have to select the drafts and pick update as the action or RMB and pick update document. I don't think I'd want it to automatically update.

@SJB72 if there a lot of drafts scattered throughout the DM window you can select by type instead of individually picking them. The selection tools are pretty versatile. IMO anyway.

Bruce Shand
SE2019 MP8 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Design Manager - how do I ensure all linked files are listed?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

@SJB72  The others have mentioned this but wanted to lay out the process...

 

  1. Open top level assembly
  2. Expand All
  3. Select All (deselect anything you don't want to rename and/or move)
  4. Set the actions (rename and/or new location)
  5. Perform Where Used
  6. Set the Where Used results actions to the desired outcome
  7. Once all is set how you want it, Perform Actions

NOTE: For steps 4 and 5 the expectation is all items selected in step 3 remain selected.



Ken
Production: SE 2019 MP8, Testing: SE 2020
http://Grundey.blogspot.com

Re: Design Manager - how do I ensure all linked files are listed?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

@KennyG, I think 5.1 is needed too. Select the where used result files.

edit: not to nitpick Smiley Happy

Bruce Shand
SE2019 MP8 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Design Manager - how do I ensure all linked files are listed?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

@bshand  I was kind of assuming that being the obvious in Step 6, but you know what happens when you "assume"... Smiley LOL



Ken
Production: SE 2019 MP8, Testing: SE 2020
http://Grundey.blogspot.com

Re: Design Manager - how do I ensure all linked files are listed?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Yeah, like you just trying to help a newbie brother out.

Bruce Shand
SE2019 MP8 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Design Manager - how do I ensure all linked files are listed?

Pioneer
Pioneer

This "newbie brother" has something to say to you and everyone else who answered my question.

 

THANK YOU ALL!