Show component's feature tree during placement

Discussion in 'Pro/Engineer & Creo Elements/Pro' started by takedown, Jan 10, 2007.

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    takedown Guest

    Is there any way to show a component's feature tree while
    placing/constraining it in an assembly? I know you can show the
    component in its own window, but that window does not have a feature
    tree. Also, I've noticed that if you are placing a component that
    already exists in the assembly it will show a feature tree. My
    instincts lead me to believe there is a config.pro option that will
    show the feature tree whether or not the component is already in the
    assembly. I've looked for such an option, but no cigar. Any help is
    appreciated.

    -Mahir
     
    takedown, Jan 10, 2007
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    Jeff Howard Guest

    There is not any way that I know of. The component is not
    added to the Model Tree until Component Placement has been
    closed (wf2*).

    If you are trying to get at a blanked or hidden feature there
    are a couple of methods that I know of that might help a bit ...

    _ Unhide All in the separate component window.
    _ If you've put features on layers you can switch the
    Layer Tree to the component being placed (yep, even
    if no other instances have been placed) and show them
    or select them for placement reference from there.


    * > Also, I've noticed that if you are placing a component
    How so? What version?


    Is there any way to show a component's feature tree while
    placing/constraining it in an assembly? I know you can show the
    component in its own window, but that window does not have a feature
    tree. Also, I've noticed that if you are placing a component that
    already exists in the assembly it will show a feature tree. My
    instincts lead me to believe there is a config.pro option that will
    show the feature tree whether or not the component is already in the
    assembly. I've looked for such an option, but no cigar. Any help is
    appreciated.

    -Mahir
     
    Jeff Howard, Jan 11, 2007
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    takedown Guest

    Hmm. I tried to recreate this, but couldn't. I guess I was mistaken.

    Thanks for the other tips, though. I have been able to constrain pretty
    much any component without much trouble using the same procedures, but
    there are times when access to the feature tree would be nice.
    Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to weed through a bunch of
    planes/axes/pts/csys when I already went to the trouble of naming them
    something meaningfull. Thanks for the help, though.

    -Mahir
     
    takedown, Jan 11, 2007
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    David Janes Guest

    Regarding your first question, about a configurable option to show the in
    situ component's feature tree, no, sorry, there is none. The tree, for
    assembly, has never been "context sensitive": it does not and never had
    changed based on which is the focus ~ assembly or component being assembled.
    It has always displayed just the assembly component tree. I agree that it
    ought to display both and in side-by-side windows. And, even if working in a
    single assembly window, the the tree should be vertically split between the
    assembly's component tree and the component's feature tree while focus
    shifts as you switch from assembly to component.

    The only thing I can suggest that might ease the pain and disappointment
    slightly is the Search function. This will locate features and allow you to
    pick them, even if they are hidden or on blanked layers. And it lets you do
    this at any level of the assembly, including in the component you are
    placing. It's like a very eleborate 'pick from list' that shows you stuff
    that's not even visible on the screen, like your specially named datums. And
    it doesn't require that you plan 3 steps ahead to make sure your model is
    'prepped' for assembly. It's maybe not as handy as the model tree and
    picking features from there but it actually started life as the model tree
    search function and in 2001, I think it was actually located within the
    Settings menu. Based on increasing use of and familiarity with the Search
    function, I'd say it's one of the sharper tools in Pro/e. In some cases,
    it's the most efficient selection method, in others, it just adds to your
    selection repertoire and choice of methods. If you haven't already done so,
    make its serious acquaintance. That small effort will pay big dividens.

    David Janes
     
    David Janes, Jan 13, 2007
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    Tweetie Guest

    Look into Component Interfaces.
     
    Tweetie, Jan 15, 2007
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    takedown Guest

    Alright, I suppose it is what it is. Thanks for the help guys.
     
    takedown, Jan 15, 2007
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    takedown Guest

    Just realized a small tidbit. I mentioned earlier in this thread that I
    had seen ProE show the feature tree of a component being placed when it
    was a component already in the assembly. I couldn't reproduce this at
    the time, but now I know why. The feature tree is only shown if you
    copy and paste the part. Nothing fantastic, but every little bit helps.

    -Mahir
     
    takedown, Jan 24, 2007
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    Jeff Howard Guest

    The feature tree is only shown if you copy and paste the part.
    Yes, it does. Thanks.
     
    Jeff Howard, Jan 26, 2007
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