Pro/Engineer July 2004 Tip-of-the-Month
Setting a Material Parameter to Read from a Material File
How can you get the name of a material assigned in a model to appear as a parameter? Perhaps to be used on a drawing? It is pretty easy to create a "Material" parameter and enter a name, but how can you get it to automatically read it from the material file?
Going back one step . . . .
In Pro/E you can assign material properties to a part by telling Pro/E to read them from a material file. In a materials library you can create files for all the different materials you use. (ie. One file for Aluminum_6061-T6, one for Nylon_6-6, one for Generic_Mag . . . .) You can be as specific or generic as desired.
Side Note . . . .
PTC still has not created a good way of handling the material parameter -- that is a good way of having Pro/E automatically read the material name from the file so it can be displayed (for instance) on a drawing. However, there is a work around given by PTC that can work. It is documented in a PTC TPI (on their web site, but I could not find it just now). Basically, you put the name as the "Condition" value in a material file, then display that.
To have Pro/E take the name from the material file, 3 things must be done:
Note: In the sample of Figure 1, the name is the same as the title of the file, but it is the "Condition" field that is important.
To make this a little more automated, it is nice to have the "Material" relation already created in the StartPart. However, another quirk with Pro/E makes it so you cannot create the "Material" relation unless a material is already assigned.
The trick around this is to have an "Unassigned.mat" material assigned to your StartPart. This does three things:
Experiment with variations on this theme to accommodate your specific needs. See the August 2004 Tip-of-the-Month for more information on using material files in model analysis.