Monday, August 17, 2015

User properties to help define the quote info

So, one thing I have been working on is creating a quote post processor for Inventor HSM and Fusion.  So, in this post I am going to show some of the information that I have created for the software to drive values into an excel template.  Now, this information is only in Inventor; I had to take a different route for the Fusion side of things.

Now, to pass some information to our post processor we can actually use custom properties and standard properties using the Iproperties.  Now, one way i like to do this is by building an ilogic form, and you don't have to do programming or anything like that; you are just basically dragging and dropping from one point to another as seen in video below.

Once you have those parameters dragged and dropped you can rename them for how you see them on the form, but they keep their direct link to the parameter.  Now, the material and other info like that already get posted out with the Post Processor; so, we will just use that information along with cycle time and others to populate our spreadsheet for the quote.

Below is a pic of the quote sheet; everywhere you see a cell populated with a value that starts with a "$" is a value that is being pulled from our program.

now, I'm not going to show all of my tricks here, at least not right now.  If you are interested in seeing some of the coding for the post processor then I would be happy to share some of it with you.

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