2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 22, 2016 4:28 PM by Jesse Robbers

    What is the best practice for multi body parts, PDM,BOM and dumb number generation

    Steven Vandermeulen

      We are implementing PDM professional now and we have the following problem:


      We use a number generator to create an incremental, unique file name for each new part/assembly.

      When we design we get weldment parts that have several bodies. Each body needs his own drawing and step file for laser cutting.

      Same thing with multi body sheet metal parts.


      When we want to save these bodies, we want them to have a unique file name in PDM, so we can threat them as a normal file.

      But in the BOM they are not visable.

      we can consume the bodies of the original multi body file, but then, how do we get the saved single body parts in the assembly with all the references and mates of the original file?

      is it with the "make assembly" feature in save bodies? Or is it a matter of excluding of BOM and hiding the original file and remating the single body files?


      I am clueless, so I ask the experienced community: how do you guys do it?

      Please explain with screenshots/video's included.


      Thanks a lot for your input

        • Re: What is the best practice for multi body parts, PDM,BOM and dumb number generation
          Jesse Robbers

          I don't think configurations within the multi-body part  file will do you any good, it will show it's file name or part number though the configuration or individual part body name may be shown as well. You may need to keep or reserve the master multi-body file as this. Add a save bodies feature which creates a new part file for each selected body. The part files would be treated as a normal part file for an assembly, BOM, and such. You would need to name the master multi-body part file in a way that makes sense to you and works for your needs.


          Another option, once the design is completed for the master multi-body part file, is to create copies of this file each with their own part number file name. Delete the bodies in each part file until only one is left present, different for each part #. If revisions are required later on, you can just add features to the part file to do so. No master part file is driving other parts, assembly, BOM, and such works just fine, the bad is large file sizes and speed due to being redundant in the software resolving the same things over a number of times only for that to be deleted.