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2.6.1.  Insert 3D from the Standard and supplier parts library

The following describes how you can insert single 3D parts from the Standard and supplier parts library into your 3D CAD system.

[Note] Note

This is the description of the default procedure.

For some CAD systems you can find further information in the CAD specific chapter.

[Note] Note

For certain parts such as bolts for example, on the part of PARTsolutions automated placing methods are offered.

  1. In the PARTsolutions menu Insert 3D or Insert model .

    -> The display switches to PARTdataManager.

  2. In the Part selection, choose the desired part. [8]

    PARTdataManager - Part selection

    PARTdataManager - Part selection

  3. Determine the desired characteristic in the Part view.

    PARTdataManager - Part view

    PARTdataManager - Part view

  4. Click on .[9]-> The display returns to the CAD system.

    If you performed a search, you can directly export from the search results.

    -> The view returns to the CAD system again.

  5. In the CAD system, the PARTsolutions placement dialog appears.

    [Note] Note

    The placement dialog box is available for the interfaces of Inventor, Creo Elements/Pro | Creo Parametric, Solid Edge, SolidWorks and NX. In the other CAD systems the placement is performed by using the default methods.

    Select placement strategy

    Select placement strategy

    [Note] Note

    The procedure in "Seamless" is similar.

    Insert part from Seamless (here exemplified with Inventor)

    Insert part from Seamless (here exemplified with Inventor)

    For details see Section 2.6.4, “ Seamless integration of the PARTsolutions library in CAD ”.

  6. Select a placement method:

    1. CAD system (Default CAD placement method)

      [Note] Note

      This placement method is always available.

    2. In Cylinder (PARTsolutions placement method)

      e.g. for placement of bolts, but also for bearing on shafts

      Create automatic references to place a body in a cylinder hole.

    3. On surface (PARTsolutions placement method)

      Create mates for placement on planar face

    4. Touching Surfaces (PARTsolutions placement method)

      e.g. for placement of countersunk screws

      Placement with coincident faces

    [Note] Note

    For not available placement methods the respective button is deactivated. Especially at connection components there are several methods available.

    [Note] Note

    Possibly, a CAD dialog is displayed. Then perform respective settings there.

    -> The 3D view in the placement dialog shows the possible connection points now. Should there be several possible connection points, respective information is given in the placement dialog.

    -> In the placement dialog, on the tabbed page Graphics, you can find 3D images of the part or technical views (if available).

    -> In the placement dialog, now the following buttons are displayed.

    Place multiple (and leave dialog opened)
    Place once (and close dialog)
    Close dialog (without placement)

    Multiple placement: The activation of the checkbox enables the direct, repeated placement in the CAD without having to use the Place multiple button. [10]

    [Note] Note

    Background information:

    The placement methods available in particular depend on the part type.

    Not all parts in the standard catalog have all the attributes needed for additional PARTsolutions intelligent placement methods. The method "Default placement" is always available. Currently the CAD interfaces enable the additional intelligent placement methods for rotationally symmetric parts such as bolts, nuts, rings and bearings for example.

    The following figure gives an overview about the parts which enable intelligent placement in addition.

[8] A detailed description of PARTdataManager can be found under Section 3.1, “ PARTdataManager ”.

[9] You can also export the part via "Export in file". More detailed information can be found under Section 3.1.9, “ Export into different file formats (without PARTsolutions interface) ”.

[10] At certain CAD systems the function is available for all placement methods, at others only for the Standard CAD placement method. If the function is not available, then the checkbox is grayed out.