Thanks for the input, I don't think it's exactly what I am looking for but it's ok. We are just not going to utilize that tool and set it up a different way. Thanks again!
Hello Brittani, glad to be able to clarify what John offered you.
Button highlited on the left is to denote that said property is the same in ALL configurations of the FILE. The one on the right denotes that the property depends on what configuration the model is showing, AKA "configuration specific". Be aware that when you populate the data, you will only have to put the "not-configuration-specific" properties once, since it will keep that data across all configurations no matter which one you use to fill out the tab. HOWEVER, configuration-specific properties are gonna remain blank unless you specify it once for each config you have.
Also, from your answer to John's post I kinda get the impression you aren't clear what to do with property tabs. Are you gonna ditch it entirely or just gonna build a new template from the ground up? I honestly recommend giving it a shot before ditching the idea of using PTB for data management in CAD models, since its pretty useful and very easy to use once you get a grasp on it; specially if you are managing tons of files and drawings periodically, the more files you manage the more advantegeous it becomes!! If you want (or need) my help, I can give you some tips about it.
TL;DR: Button on the left is information that you want to be linked to the FILE, independent of the configuration you are using atm; you fill it once for the entire file in any configuration. Button on the right is for configuration-specific information, you need to fill it for each configuration of the file, otherwise it will stay blank. Take a time to learn to set-up and use PTB templates, it does pays off!
Thanks for the push, i was able to make it work.
John and Gian,
Still just poking at the property tab builder and asking questions.
For most of what I would use the tab builder for I don't know the values of the properties when I am creating a part or assembly. Can you run the tab builder later in the process to input those values? One of the big things I would use it for is to get the correct material description and part number. This can change a couple of times in the design.
You can update as many times as you need.
Just a quick run down on my workflow..
- New Project
- Setup Our ECN number
- Setup A Custom Property Tab Builder File, saved as the ECN Number
- Make The Master Sketch
- Setup my Sub-assemblies in Zones
- Work on each Sub-Assembly
- Insert all Sub-Assemblies into the Main Assembly, add additional instances if required and mate
- Design goes out for initial review
- Changes made if required
- Insert project into the drawing file
- ***** Then I go open file - go to the folder and select all assemblies and part files and open ****
- Only then do I apply any custom property and most of it consists of
- Work Centers
- I run a overall size macro (bounding box)
- I run a macro to change the configuration name from Default to File Name (use this later to re-name my drawing tabs)
- If the part needs programming
- (All my other project information is in the CPTB file, such as dates, preliminary approval info, customer name, product name, revision info......etc
You can also open the assembly file and work your way down the feature tree without having to open any file, other than the assembly file
I will keep learning how to use it.
Thank you guys for your information.
Could you tell me a little more about the Work Centers part of your Custom Property Tab Builder?
I've got another question if you don't mind. Since I just implemented this; I've come across components that have information filled out within the Custom Properties but wont then populate into the property tab. Is this common? Can I force it to fill out? All of the nomenclature and "variables" are all matching.
What kind of input are we talking about? Groupboxes? Textbox? List?
It might be some error regarding implementation. I wanna discard that first. If you could please show me how you built the tab and your filling workflow (screenshots are a huge plus), maybe I can help you further.
Could you attach a sample file and the property tab builder file to see what is going on?
Brittani Morales wrote:
" Is there a way within the Property Tab Builder to be able to switch between configurations (with and without Design tables) to populate data? "
As far as I have used it, one can't switch in the custom properties tab of the task pane. We have to switch in the config tab on the feature manager. Maybe there is a macro/script someone has created used?