I have my title block auto populating the material thickness currently for sheetmetal parts.
Can I do the same for parts that are not drawn as sheetmetal?
Not without using (parts list display) custom variable and assigning a custom variables to each part.
I assume you are use the gage excel spreadsheet to show the gage of sheet mteal.
Custom variables are not that bad to use. I only have two that I use commonly.
L = cut length for parts that are not sheet metal or frame members.
For this case, I just assign L as the exposed variable name. Often L is a renamed protrusion length.
SHAPE = The description of the cross section for section used as frame members or extruded parts. Examples include: SQ TUBE 4x3x3/16 CS, ANGLE 2x2x1/8 CS
In this case, I actually define the custom variable in each file used to create frame members.
You can, but you would have to expose as a property the variable defining the thickness and then use that in a Property Text annotation. Ideally you would set this exposed variable up in your part template and then during each model creation you would create a formula to equate it to the dimension defining the thickness.
Your right. Custom variables is the only way.
I would add a colum for the variable T. Then add a PMI renamed & exposed to T for each part.
You can reuse a colume for this like the sheet metal gage column