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Meaningful Toolbox P/N & Descriptions??

Question asked by Joel Hoksbergen on Jan 16, 2008
Latest reply on Jan 16, 2008 by Joel Hoksbergen
What is the easiest way to give a meaningful description to toolbox items, for display in a drawing BOM? For example, I would like the description for a screw to look like:
SHCS 4-40 UNC x 5/16

instead of SW's description of:
HX-SHCS 0.112-40x0.3125x0.3125-C

Does this mean that I need to create a new part for each screw I place, instead of a new configuration?

Further, what if I want to assign a part number to the screw (say a McMaster P/N)? I am assuming I would then need to create a seperate SW part as I place the screw from Toolbox, but I am not sure. Is there a database file for the Toolbox that I can access and manipulate the description and P/N so I could then use the Toolbox without changing anything. I attached a graphic of what I don't want the BOM to look like (Items 9-11 for screws, Item 12 for O-Rings, the rest are not toolbox items).

I am trying to avoid having to use a 3rd party software (Excel, Access) for creating my BOM, and then importing to SW. Then I lose the 'smart' BOM.

Thanks,
Joel

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