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Publish Content for Bolted Connection Part 3

Content Center Category Review

We need do some snooping.  We need to know where we are publishing the content.  The Countersunk Bolts Category is our target.  It would be ideal to publish our content to the sub category of ‘Wood Screws’ but alas, this cannot be.  You see the Design Accelerator has a limitation (I’ve heard this before….limitations), in that it will not use content below a certain sub-category.

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The Bolted Connection Generator will only read from the Categories:

  • Countersunk
  • Hex Head
  • Hex Head – Flanged
  • Round Head
  • Set Screws

We cannot file our content appropriately and get the desired outcome.  Once again we have to hack up a beautiful landscape, but the benefits are worth it. (I am still convinced that I will find the directing XML, and modify the strings to go deeper.)

The publishing process will take our part, and store it with the iPart members as members of the new Content Center family.  The family will take on the properties of the parent category, and we need to know about that criteria.  We have to direct the publishing to map the iPart parameters to the appropriate category fields. 

Let’s take a look at the Category Properties for the Fasteners->Bolts->Countersunk sub-category.  You should see the list of data contained in the category, that gets passed down to the individual families contained therein.  It’s a form of inheritance.  Notice the Mapping field, and the Optional and Required options.  The required settings are brought in from the parent category, and cannot be left out of the mapping. Continue reading

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Bolted Connection Generator, Content Center, iParts | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Derived Part Color

When a new Part is created it is given a ‘Default’ Material, per the Application Settings, and subsequently the Color style of that material. All the features of the part appear like the PART material.

When a Derived Component is then inserted into that PART, the Derived Body’s color is not controlled by the PART, but instead by itself. That color is a non-dependent Color Style, whose initial state is derived from the color style of the material contained in the Base Component (where it was derived from, the parent). Essentially, the Base Component hands down its Material’s color style, but not the material itself.

Once derived, the appearance is on its own, regardless of ANY OTHER MATERIALS in the equation. The Derived Body has no ties to its Base Component’s Material or color.

The Derived Body now has a mind of its own and reserves the right to be obstinant and will continue to look like the Base Component it was derived from. Continue reading

October 27, 2008 Posted by | 2009 | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment