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Civil 3D – 2010 Publish DWF

I have always been a huge fan of DWF publishing.  I found a few new things, and thought I’d make a few notes.

Batch Plot

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Selecting Batch Plot activates the publish dialog, and feeds it all the current drawings that are open.  You get same publishing interface as the ‘Select Tabs, right click and publish’ that we were used to, but here you are not limited to selected layouts.

Publish

The publishing is similar to the previous version, however there are a few differences.

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April 30, 2009 Posted by | 2010, Publish | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Civil 3D – Multi-sheet Publishing

Since multisheet publishing to dwf came out, and subsequently the recent Design Review versions, I have been a big fan of multi-sheet DWF Publishing, so much so that I put links to Design Review in my emails, and promote it at every opportunity.  I even became a Beta tester for Joseph Volker’s team (hush hush and all that).

The problem I usually face is not necessarily with Design Review, but is in the AutoCAD Drivers for dwf plotting, and how that relates to Multi-sheet.  I just recently installed a service Pack, and Publish in Background defaulted again. 

As many of you are aware, many of you are not.  If you try multi-sheet publishing and if crashes, even if it is not DWF, try killing the background publishing. 

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There have been many write-ups on this, and it certainly applies to my setup.  However since I’m at work on Sunday, and it just crashed me AGAIN, I thought I’d remind the new guys. 

January 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Design Review | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Publish Content for Bolted Connection Part 4

Content Center Family Editing

We need to change some settings in the Content Center Family just written.  Navigate through he Content Center Editor to the new Family.  Right Click, and select the Family Table option.  The family parameters dialog will appear. 

The following are examples that I used, however you will undoubtedly have differences and variations at your company that need to be adopted.

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November 17, 2008 Posted by | Bolted Connection Generator, Content Center, iParts | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Publish Content for Bolted Connection Part 1

Read the Introduction

The first thing that needs to be completed is kind of the core to this process.

Thread.xls

Normally we would begin in an assembly file, but for this exercise we need to go mess around with Autodesk’s artwork.  We need to edit the Thread.xls file.  You see, the Bolted Connection Generator as well as everything else in Inventor derives it’s threads from this file.  This file contains a beautiful collection of thread data, including Inch, Metric, and tapping threads.  Unfortunately the facts that bring us here today is that:

a) there is nothing available for ANSI/ASME B18.6.1 Wood screw threads; and

b) The Bolted Connection Generator only reads data from the first 3 thread tables in that file (ANSI Unified, ANSI Metric, ISO Metric).

What we need to do is to add a new row for the B18.6.1 thread for a #6 screw.  The new row needs to be added in the ANSI Unified Screw Threads Table.  Why? Because if we don’t, the Bolted Connection Generator will not use it. I know this is in bad taste, but it will get the job done.  I have no doubt that the table restrictions in the design generator is coded in XML, and that I will eventually find and exploit it.  For now, this is the only way.

Navigate to the following VISTA path:

C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Inventor 2009\Design Data\Thread.xls.

Open this file with Excel and navigate to the ‘ANSI Unified Screw Threads’ Tab.  Select the first #6 thread entry row header, Right click and select Insert.  You should see an empty row appear. Add the data from the highlighted row in the table shown below.

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Close and save the file.  Let’s start the next step by opening a new Inventor assembly.

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November 8, 2008 Posted by | Bolted Connection Generator, iParts | , , , , , | 1 Comment