Say you have a drive shaft with multiple adapters. Is it possible to configure a design table within an assembly file to easily substitute the different adapters without having to create a whole different file?
You can have different configurations of the drive shaft, with different configurations of parts selected for each, in a design table. You can also use this same table to suppress parts for selected configurations.
At least I know you can in the table that pops up when you right-click on a component and choose "Configure Component" from the drop-down. I haven't tried with an Excel-based table since I just use those for Parts, but I assume you can for those also.
Does this answer your question?
I understand the way of suppressing the part in order to have multiple parts in the same location. Yet I have been using the excel file for individual parts with different configurations so I wanted to know if it was possible to communicate that through an design table using excel for an assembly file. By messing around with the design table in an assembly file I was able to set up different materials and locations for an individual part, but unable to find a way to substitute the individual part for another "similar" part.
You will need to have the other similar part already located on top the original part. Then in the design table you can have one configuration with the original part unsuppressed and the similar part suppressed, and another configuration with the original suppressed and the similar unsuppressed.
The easiest way is to make all of the adapters as configurations within the same part file. Then the assembly DT would just choose the different configurations of that adapter part. If the adapters need to be different part files, then I think the only way is to bring them all into the assembly and mate them all, then have the DT set the suppression state for all of them, suppressing all except the adapter needed for that particular configuration.
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