When the user drags and drops an icon related to parametric part of ICMechanical, a dialog box will be showed. All the dialogs are organized in the same way. Starting from the top of the dialog, it’s possible to find a tab useful to select the name. Below these tabs, there are several icons that could be used to select the kind of component. All the controls under these icons are used to select the correct normative and the dimensions of the components.
These are the descriptions of all the controls.
There are the buttons useful to control the placement of the component and a combo box used to select the Standard Rule.
The items included in this box enable you to save the current setting of the component. This enables you to recall them quickly in future sessions. The buttons included in this section enable you to save, remove or apply any saved setting.
This section is composed by several tabs. These tabs enable you to select the type of component. Every tab contains a family of components. On the left side of this section there is a drop down button that is used to select the type of the component. Moving the cursor over the icons of the components, it’s displayed a tooltip which describes the component. As soon as a new component is selected, all the items in the dialog box will be updated in order to display the available standards and dimensions.
The central section of the dialog box contains the options useful to select the standard and the dimensions of the component. These parameters are: Standard Name, Component Type, Length and Material.
Standard Name Using this dialog box, the user can select the correct rule. When the user changes the rule, a label shows a full description about the component. Usually this description is placed at the bottom of the dialog box.
Type This combo box contains all the values related to the selected rule. When the user drags a component over another one (for example, if the user drags a nut over a screw), a check control named Auto will be shown. Using this toggle control, it’s possible that the nut inherits the screw dimensions.
Length This field is used to set the length for the components that use this field. This combo box contains the available lengths defined for this rule. When the length is free, (as in the Steel case) a text box will be showed instead of the combo box.
Thickness This field is used to set the thickness for the components that use this field. This combo box contains the available thickness defined for this rule.
Material Using this combo box, the user could select the code of the material related to the component.
The bottom section of the dialog contains the items useful to set the information related to the component. The section is divided in two parts: BOM Information and Custom Information.
BOM Information section contains all the items useful to set PartNumber and Description of the component. The available items are:
Usually the Name of the component is the same of the PartNumber. This combo box enable you to set the Name of component as the Description or Don’t change the current name.
This check button controls the enable state of the text item placed on the right. If this button is checked, any string placed in the text item will be used as prefix of the PartNumber.
This check button is used to control the “Included in the BOM” state of the component.
This combo box is used to control how the PartNumber and the Description will be managed. The available options are:
These text items contain the current BOM Information. Their state depends on the selection done on the Code Generation combo box.
Custom Information is a collection of information that you can add to the current component. When you click on the Custom Info tab, it is displayed a two column grid that enable you to see and to set information associated to the component.
The status bar reports the description of the selected standard rule. If you click on description Library Data Manager starts to modify the description and the rules to create the bill of materials. Close to it, on the right, there is a button that enable you to edit the data file, launching the Library Data Manager…