I have inserted a row into my BOM, and typed into cell the text I want. However, when I exit the cell the text disappears and the row show all blank cells.
How do I fix this?
Is your BOM linked to the model properties?
The parts are link. The blank row is not. It was inserted using the "insert row" menu item.
Did SW ask you if you wanted to override the linkage and did you click No?
Curious: Why insert a BOM and then type in it?
Usually BOMs are basically "display only" with their settings altered for presentation.
What are you trying to do with the added row? Tally a column?
Is a General Table better suited for your purpose?
[Did SW ask you if you wanted to override the linkage and did you click No?]
No, because it is not linked to anything.
[Curious: Why insert a BOM and then type in it?
Usually BOMs are basically "display only" with their settings altered for presentation.]
It is a regular BOM, that I want to add one more part to, which will not be modeled. I don't want to add a whole separate table for one item. Besides why does SW even have the "insert row" ability in a BOM if it can't be used for anything?
Welcome to the forum. If this added row is for a Part that doesn't have any geometry, or otherwise isn't shown in the assembly (such as glue, paint, etc.), you might consider inserting a dummy part in the assembly. That way you can enter any custom properties, names, etc. for the dummy part that will be automatically shown in the BOM. That will eliminate the need for adding a row manually.
You suggestion sounds promising, but I don't know how to create a dummy part... Can you elaborate?
Inside your Assembly, go to Insert > Component > New Part (see below). That will create a new Part that exists only within the Assembly (doesn't have it's own file). It will appear in the tree. You can re-name it just like you re-name any other feature, configuration, drawing view etc. in SW (slow double-click, or click once and F2). When you click on the new Part in the tree you'll get the same Edit Component icon you'd get for any other Part or Sub-Assembly. Click on it and you can add custom properties as needed for your table.
I called it a dummy part, and that's probably as good a term as any for a Part that doesn't have any geometry, but virtual part is the term commonly used for this type of part. And you can add geometry to virtual parts if you want. I do it often for Parts such as cables that are dependent on geometry in the assembly.
this is great, i have the same issue but sometimes i need to add multiple parts (10-15) this would be time consuming, is there a way to just edit the cell?
I deleted the BOM, reinserted, and was able to edit.
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