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Tips for adding similar custom parts which use items

Updated: 9 Oct 2018

Once you have finalized your custom part, which uses item, and you want to add similar custom parts with similar items, here are some tips.

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Start by selecting the custom part you have. Then go to Edit Custom Component. In Custom Component Editor Toolbar, select Copy component to library with new name.

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Enter the new name.

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In Custom Component Editor, select the item and open the Item Properties dialog. Select new shape from the Shape Catalog, then untick all other attribute selections but the Shape and modify.

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All attribute bindings are now already in place and you have the correct item in use. Then update the Name, Product code and Numbering prefix on Variables list.

Next you need to set the placing of the item as the input points may differ from the previous one.

Select both of the item input points and Component planes as binding plane.

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Now right click > Bind to Plane and pick the x-, y- and z-direction planes.

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Related dimensioning parameters appear into the Variables dialog:

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You can add formulas to the parameters of the same direction:

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…and show only one parameter per direction on dialog:

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Then exit the Custom Component Editor and save.

 

Now inset the new Custom part and open the properties dialog. The previous x-, y- and z-direction values are shown.

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Create Component views to see the offsets.

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Measure the additional distance in x-, y, and z-directions

Add the measures to the previous values on dialog and modify to check that they are correct.

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Then you’re ready to do the same operations for next custom part.

 

Finally go back to the Custom Component Editor for each custom part and remove the unnecessary dimension parameters, which were used only for positioning correction.