Using Box section
In a drawing document, of an assembly, I have a parts only BOM.
In this BOM, is a column, called Length and this value is linked to the
Ok so far.
Some of the parts have holes, drilled and tapped holes, other cuts etc...
and some don't.
There are drawings for the parts with these added extra's, but for the
"plain" parts, whose length, can be shown in the assembly drawing, there are
What I would like to do, is provide a column in the BOM, stating if, (or if
not), there is a drawing for that part.
Y or N in simple terms or Y and a blank cell for no drawing provided.
Can this be done?
By default there is nothing in a part to tell it that it has a
drawing. You could make a custom property with this information in
which case you would be responsible for keeping it current. By rights
this sort of thing is in the realm of a PDM system to populate the
We have PDMworks, but this information, is for the guy on the shop floor.
He just wants to look at the BOM, and know, what parts needs holes and what
This is a project with lots of similar parts, and it would be a lot easier,
to look at the BOM and see what is just cut and what requires extra work.
If you are not dealing with large assemblies, it is pretty simple to
do it manually. Create a custom property called "Drawing" and fill in
a value of "Y" or "N" for as applicable for each part. (Make the new
propery part of your part template if you will use it often) Insert a
new column in your BOM and set it to the "Drawing" custom property.
Save you new BOM as a template, and you can use it again.
In each of the parts you could have configurations. With those
configurations have a configuration specific custom property that would
have the size listed for those parts that have drawings and the ones
that don't make the custom property but put a space in for the size.
so.... put the info on the shop order and have the shop floor read the
shop order (like he should be doing anyhow)
My current client has a fair number of drawing-less components (cut
boards, etc.). All the shop guys know where to find the cut
information in the MRP system.
Are you trying to automate this so that the designer does not have to
enter the information manually? Also, do you have existing Drawings
with Boms that need to be updated to have this information added to
A custom feature could be added to recognize if a drawing is not
required and it could update the custom property automatically.
A custom program could be written to update existing drawings adding
the column to the BOM and opening the parts and adding the custom