Thanks for your help Deepak. I'm not sure yet if the configuration automation macro described by Artem is exactly what I'm looking for but it gives me some new ideas. One possibility would be to somehow automate configurations for an assembly with each having only one part visible or unsuppressed. That way a macro creating a new drawing sheet for each configuration should accomplish my goal. As long as I don't need to spend a lot of time creating all these configurations this sounds like a good possibility.
I've dabbled with Driveworks and that also seems like a possible solution. I was actually quite impressed with Driveworks but I haven't had a chance to put it to use other than completing the bookshelf tutorial. I will definitely look into that as well. I'll let you know how it goes and post any code here if it works.
Thanks for the link. If I understand correctly, this application will automate the process for 1 type of design. If the product is different every time, this approach would become complex.
We create automated machines specific to a component. It can be a Hydraulic Press for an air filter one day and an Automated Assembly line for engines on the next. These designs have to be created from scratch and parts specific to the component must be created. Creating drawings for each of the new parts can be tedious. There is also the possibility of missing some parts.
Referring the macro by Artem and the rest of the discussion I see that they have a Master template for reference and insert configurations of a single part.
I am looking for a macro which will insert 3 views of an assembly and its parts into a single multi sheet drawing.
Would it be possible for you to throw light on how this can be done? I want to write this macro myself, but lack any coding experience.
Appreciate your time.
Thomas, one important thing to keep in mind: there is a performance hit for each sheet added to a drawing both in terms of memory and speed. When you get close to 60 views in total, it becomes difficult to get a good PDF. While it might seem advantageous to have the whole assembly documented in one drawing, it's got it's drawbacks too. By analogy, you might think consolidating every car in your family into one bus. It's great for getting from a beginning to a distant end but small errands take an incredible ammount of time and frustration and there's no such thing as a 'quick change' with that approach.
-just something to consider.
Though I agree with you, if one is able to divide the design into reasonably sized sub-assemblies, creating multi sheet drawings can be useful.