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I most commonly see people attach the DWG file to the SW assembly so they get a BOM. Then if later you make a SW model of the DWG file they attach the DWG file to the SW model, then change the quantity of the DWG file to REF or "0"
If you want to manage AutoCad files in PDMWorks you need to map drw template.. It is very easy to map.. Then you can see wat ever you had given a list in DWG file that will appear in BOM list of PDMWorks..
we understand how we will get metadata from the blocks in the dwgs for the data cards. we also will be getting current BOMs migrated from our ERP.
here is an example of what we believe our issue will be:
-part 876 (dwg)
-part 234 (dwg)
-part 145 (dwg)
and we go to make:
-part 745 (solidworks)
-part 539 (solidworks)
-part 145 (solidworks)
what happens to part 145? how do we keep revision/version history? how do we maintain existing BOM structure - so where used still works?
I'm not sure if you can accomplish this. When a document is added it is given a unique id number. When you add the SolidWorks parts they will not replace the dwg files but will have their own id numbers. The metadata will be associated with the id of the dwg file. It may be possible to copy this metadata to the SolidWorks file using the api but I'm not sure. The 2008 api doesn't include functionality to work with the BOM structure. May be added later.
so - it sounds like we may need to find all of the likely parts that this wil happen to and model them before we check everything in. now I just need to fiqure out how many parts that is...