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Creating a custom assembly with configurations/appearances

Question asked by Gemma Hadfield on May 16, 2014
Latest reply on May 16, 2014 by Jamil Snead

Hi everyone,


I'm hoping someone out there will be able to help with this one as I've struggled for months to come up with a good way of doing this.


Most of our products require a cable, plug and switch adding.  I've attached a flow chart to show the different options we currently have (although more may be added in the future).


At the moment, I’ve got a standard cable modelled (length of the cable is irrelevant as this is defined with a note on the drawing) with configurations linked to display states so I can easily change the colour, and same for each of the plugs and each of the switches...  However, what this means is that I have to put each component in to a new fitting assembly and mate it in everytime.


What I wanted to do is have some sort of main assembly that contains all the plug/switch/cable combinations (both physical and colour), that I could just drop in to any product then pick which components I want and what colours.  I’ve tried doing this but hit a bit of a stumbling block with configurations within configurations and can’t quite get it to work how I wanted it to.


The only way at the moment I can think of doing it, is in the assembly of the wire/switch/plug, creating a configuration for each physical combination and of course all it's colour options, but I’d end up with so many configurations within the assembly that it would be hard to find.


I was hoping that I'd be able to drop this assembly into the light fitting, and from there select the physical configuration (e.g. UK plug, foot switch) and then be able to select the colour configurations from those parts somehow (e.g. UK plug - black, foot switch - gold, cable - clear).


Does anyone know a way of doing this, or have an alternative solution?


Many thanks in advance for any help that you can offer.