I use non graphical parts on occasion and was wondering if anyone has any tips on making the part selectable so it can be linked to the BOM when ballooning parts in an assembly drawing. Do you make some type of feature that is then hidden after selection? Right now, I just brute force it by manually entering a number in the baloon that matches the item in the BOM. If the BOM item changes, however, my balloon may no longer match.
I am faced with this same problem only we use lots of non graphicals on every assembly. I asked everyone about it during SEU2014 and everyone thought there was a way to do it with the property text but no one could do it. I've asked in the forum before and there isn't really a good answer. You can put a small feature in the file but then you have to assemble it everytime you want to call it out, then add it to the display configuration, find it and atatch the ballon, then turn it off again. A real pain. As you said manual balloons are also a pain because they are allways wrong.
I guess it is time for an ER.
Have the same issue, but I do go into the Parts List Properties on the Item Number tab a force the Non-graphic Part to the Item number I want it to be and it should stay that way.
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If they are non-graphical, why do you need a balloon?
1) So the item is not marked in the Parts List as not having been ballooned (if you have that option set).
2) Because sometimes I apply Loctite to screws, and therefore I need to balloon the Loctite next to the point of application; or any similar example.
Doesn't that depend on the sorting options? If someone resorts the LOM (on purpose or by accident) won't the item numbers change?
Swertel has it exactly right. Who wants to assemble a loktite part to every screw just to get a baloon?
And just an FYI in case anyone forgot, you can drive your Item/Find Numbers directly from the assembly and use them in your Parts List in Draft. Look in the Assy Options to turn them on.
Ken is right, you can drive them from assy.
If we stay at the original issue then we can use coordinate system as a reference to connect balloon to non visible part.
Here is a video:
Brilliant! I'll try that the next time. I didn't quite follow the steps you were doing to change the balloon number and have it change the BOM. Could you elaborate on that?