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Having a Block populate components in a BOM table

Question asked by Peter Kennedy on Jul 20, 2020
Latest reply on Jul 20, 2020 by Peter Kennedy

I'm starting to make a lot of schematics prior to starting any design and I've come across two ways of doing it. 


Using blocks or using parts (sketchs with no features).


I prefer to use block as I can complete my entire schematic with connecting lines in one "sketch" where as using parts you have to import the part determine your layout, mate everything and then make a sketch after hoping you don't need to change as it can be a nightmare. 


The problem is when I need to make a BOM table I can't figure out if there is a way for solidworks to populate data into a table if a block is being used and updating the quantity if multiple of the same block is being used. This is where the advantage of the part file works as the data is stored into the part. 


Is this even possible to use blocks for this or am I stuck using the parts?