17 Replies Latest reply on Nov 30, 2017 6:12 AM by Dave Bear

    Material Finish Custom Property Dilemma

    Dave Bear

      Hi Guys,

      I have been playing with creating my custom Title Block to use across all of my drawing templates and I think I've pretty much got it now how I want it. (Not that I'll ever use a drawing anyway, but the exercise is good practise). One of the property links is "$PRPSHEET:{Finish}" which obviously links to the part inserted into the drawing. No problems so far!


      Now my Title Block is pretty basic so I don't need many custom properties within my part template, only 3 in fact which are shown below.

      Custom properties.JPG

      And here is the QUESTION.........

      Whilst I know that if I wanted to, or needed to, for each part I could manually enter a finish such as "Primer Coated", "Gel Coated" or whatever and this would transpose over to my drawing field, what I really want to know is if it is possible to put an expression in here so that it picks up any finish that is dictated from the appearances options?


      So here you have many options of steel finishes, "Polished Steel", "Brushed Steel", "Burnished Steel" etc.

      Now if one of these appearances is applied to the part at the top level of the feature tree....

      Appearance Applied.jpg

      I would like my custom property in my part template for "finish" to pick this up and relay the information into the drawing. So in this instance, it would populate the custom property in the part "finish" property and the drawing Title Block "finish" with "Satin Finish Stainless Steel"


      Can this be done? How?