By Nicolas Lamy
Technical Engineer, Intergraph France
When using CADWorx Plant Professional, each component in the CADWorx model will have certain data associated with it. Using the provided specifications, this is mainly for the specification data, tags, descriptions and part numbering, plus the location in 3D space and the properties such as length and weight of the individual item. The information is populated from the specification, and originates from the catalog, stored at the component level.
In the catalog, you can create Custom Data for your components. The type of data defined can be text, numeric or a selected limited to a drop down list.
Right-clicking on the Custom Data section of any component in the catalog allows a user to add a new Custom Data:
This can be done at a component level, or can be added to multiple components by adding at the folder level or added to all components at the top level.
As an example, for the Gate Valve, we will add a column for the name of the manufacturer:
You can set the value directly in the Catalog or in the 3D Model.
In previous versions, it was already possible to display this information in a BOM export to Excel for example.
As soon as you have at least one element with this Custom Data in your 3D Model, you can add this Custom Data in the Bill Of Material Setup.
In the 3D Model, you can edit the value by using the Custom Data button in the Component Edit window:
In the Bill Of Material (exported to Excel for example), you can see this information for the gate valve:
In addition, the default value can be modified on the fly from the Spec View palette, in the Custom Data tab:
Changing the default value will affect any items placed after the change, so, if you modify the default value, all gate valves created from this point on in the 3D Model will have this value for Manufacturer.
In CADWorx 2017, it is also possible to use this information in the isometric drawings.
In order to have it work, you need to map the Custom Data with a non-used ISOGEN attribute and add the ISOGEN attribute in your isometric drawing template (in your isometric style using I-Configure).
It is important to be aware here, in order to be able to map Custom Data with ISOGEN attribute from your ISOGEN style, you have to select CADWorx in the Application field when you create your Isometric Project. A project that is not defined as a CADWorx project will not provide the ability to map the attribute data.
A project that is defined as a CADWorx project however will provide access to the Attribute Mappings option. It is within this section that the mapping can be done. For example, COMPONENT-ATTRIBUTE20 can be defined as the attribute that contains the name of the manufacturer:
Once the mapping is complete, ISOGEN needs to know what to do with the attribute – continuing the example we have to add the COMPONENT-ATTRIBUTE20 in the Material List options:
When you run the isometric, you can see the name of the manufacturer for the gate valve: