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7.2. Calling PARTdesigner

Normally you should launch PARTdesigner only from PARTproject. However, if you directly launch PARTdesigner in a special case, a selection dialog could appear when using Floating licensing. On this see Section 5.1.1, “License selection dialog box at Floating licensing ”.

[Note] Note

You have already modelled parts in earlier versions of eCATALOGsolutions? Then you will recognize fundamental innovations at a glance. In V11 you won't find the module PARTeditor anymore. It has been completely integrated in the module PARTdesigner.

All PARTeditor functions are available in PARTdesigner now, so that annoying switching between different working areas is unnecessary. Comfortable working with docking windows, which can be adjusted in size and position, is already known from PARTdataManager. Now this functionality is also available in PARTdesigner.

Even if you are working in one single user interface - which is more comfortable - be aware of the following facts:

  • A parametrical 3D model is created. These data are saved in the file type 3db further on.

    And a characteristic attribute table is created, which "fills" the parametrical 3D model. The table data is saved in the file type tab or tac further on.

  • In the Variable Manager there is a parameter Save location with the following options:

    • Only in geometry -> Data storage in 3db file

    • Only in table -> Data storage in tab/tac file

    • In geometry and table -> Data storage both in 3db file and in tab/tac file

    Depending on the chosen mode, when clicking on Commit, the data is saved in the corresponding file type or in both.

[Note] Note

When designing a model there are two general options: First create the model (with fixed values or with a single "prototype" table row) or first create the characteristic attribute table. On this also see Section 7.8.10, “ Save location: Only in geometry | Only in table | In geometry and table ”.