I dont do alot of this so its new to me, when I down load a print from Mcmaster carr and the open it i get the older version file snf there's X's over all the views. Could someone please explain how to correct this.
The views are out of date because you have a different version of SW. My question is, why do you need the McMaster-Carr SW drawing? Just download a step file and use that. The SW file has a lot of overhead from Mc-C.
You get the X's over a view if the drawing has lost the reference to the model. Are you also downloading the Part files from McMaster-Carr? If you are, you might try opening them first, then open the drawing.
I don't need the sw file I just prefer it. I did check the reference to the part file and its still good so im sure its what Steve said but I was hoping there would be a work around to use the sw file rather then a pdf file.
You can still have the SW file from Mc-C but I'm asking why do you need the drawing?
Do you have an MRP system that will allow reference documents? If so, use the pdf from Mc-C as the drawing.
Honestly Steve just for convenience. We do alot with bushings so it's just easier to download the model of the bushings and the prints right from them then I don't have to make the prints and I can just turn them over to the shop. As far as need the sw print file it's just my organization style.
Got it. It's not wrong in any way, just maybe a little more overhead than I'm used to.
We have a PDM system and what I would do is to download the SW file (or Step file) and save that into the PDM system. Then I'd get the pdf of the part and save that as a reference document. They both have their separate PNs and they're attached to each other.
We do not have a pdm so when I talk about the organization I mean grouping the file types in windows. I guess I'm just confused about the older version, I'm using 2015 so anything created before that I can't save and use? Sorry we are new and a small company.
I'm on SW2015 as well and anything created prior to that we can open and do whatever we want and this is why I normally download a STEP file instead of the SW file from Mc-C or anybody else for that matter.
It's your company's decision to not have a PDM system but I'd learn about having one if I were you...
I will try using the stp file option and start looking into the pdm more. Thanks for your time.
Have you tried right clicking the views and selecting 'Show'?
Yes Jim I've tried that.
OK. The problem is that the McMaster drawing file contains a reference to a folder and/or file that doesn't exist on your machine. If you download the drawing and then in the SW File...Open dialog click on the References button you will see that the drawing is looking for the file somewhere else, such as this:
Also, the file name does not match the drawing name. The SW file reference search algorithm has no way of knowing what to do in this scenario so it punts and will normally ask you if you want to browse for the correct file (unless you have permanently dismissed that warning dialog). Alternatively, from the References dialog you can double click the file name and point it to the correct location.
In my experience with McM, part and drawing filename mismatch was the most common reason for empty drawings. Zeros on the end the number was the usual problem. I.E. the drawing looking for 1234K560, and the part downloaded as 1234K56, or vice versa.
Just one more thing to watch out for when you're taking advantage of the really amazing number of things they have modeled for download.
The PDF is probably good for most things, but the SW drawing is a handy starting point if I need to make a drawing showing how a part needed to be modified (e.g. drill and tap a hole in a fitting).
We always strip out the McMaster-Carr custom properties and add our own. We also rename the downloaded files as well. Solves the BOM issues and any issues with mod'ing the McMaster part and creating a new part number company drawing.
I agree with Ryan.... Just get the pdf drawing from McMaster.
McM is great for part files, but if you want a drawing just use the pdf.
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