DriveWorks Pro 15: Model Rules [send feedback...]

Model Rules

After capturing the models that you want to drive, you can use the model rules screen to add one or more instances of those models to your project and setup rules for them.

The model rules screen is divided into two areas:

  • The component tree
  • The rule list

The component tree and rule list can be be filtered by using the filter at the top of the list.

Please see the topic How To Use Filters for more advanced filtering information.

When you capture a model it doesn't appear in the component tree straight away, you need to add it to the component tree first. The reason for this will become clear if you start using driven replacement models to give you complete control over an assembly structure.
A top-level model and its children in the component tree are collectively referred to as a "Component Set".

To Add a Model to Drive

Click the Add button, the "Add Component" dialog will appear:

The add component dialog can be switched to either tree or list view.

The dialog can be be filtered by using the filter at the top of the list.

Please see the topic How To Use Filters for more advanced filtering information.

Select the component to add, and click "OK", the component and its captured children will be added to the component tree.

Only the top level component should be selected. All children that have been captured for this component will automatically be added.
Once a component set has been added, any subsequent additions will appear at the top of the model list.

Import Components

The Import Components wizard enables you to import captured models and all captured parameters from one group, into the current group.

Please see Import Components for more information.

To Remove a Top Level Model and its Children (Component Set)

  • Select the Component Set in the component tree by clicking on it.
  • Click the "Delete" button on the command bar.

The model and all of its children will be removed.

This action cannot be undone. If you remove a model and save the project, then the rules for the model and its children will be lost. Before removing a model, you may wish to make a copy of your project.

To Rename a Top Level Model and its Children (Component Set)

  • Select the Component Set in the component tree by clicking on it.
  • Click the "Renaming" button on the command bar to start editing the Component Set name.
  • Type a new name, and press Return when you are done.

To Reorder Top Level Models (Component Sets)

Component sets can be reordered to make sure that one gets calculated before another. This is useful when working with driven replacement models.

  • Select the Component Set to move in the component tree by clicking on it.
  • Use the Move Up/Move Down buttons on the command bar to move it up or down.
  • Alternatively use the Move To Top/Move To Bottom buttons on the command bar to move the component set directly to the top or bottom.

To Select Models to Edit

To display the rules for a model in the rules list, check the box next to it on the left hand side.

Right click on a model to see options to select/deselect it and all of its children quickly.
Right click on an empty area of the component tree to see options to select/deselect all of the models in the tree quickly.

To Select Rules to Build

You can select an individual rule in the list and build it by clicking on the "Build" button on the command bar.

Multiple rules can be selected and built at once by using the "Control" and "Shift" keys.
For more information about different types of rules shown in the model rules screen and how to build them, see Model Rules Overview.

To Recalculate Rules

The values shown in the rule list can become out-of-date if changes are made in other tasks in the task explorer. To refresh them all, click the "Calculate" button.

To Refresh Captured Information

If you start working in the model rules screen, and then capture some more models, features, dimensions, and so on, you may need to click the "Refresh" button for them to be shown in the model rules screen.

Drawing Rules

Drawing rules are built in the model rules screen which shows detailed information about the drawing, sheet, views, and so on that were captured.

Drawing sheets are displayed in the model list as children of the drawing. Each sheet has its own node so the parameters applicable to that sheet are displayed when selected.

When a drawing is selected the screen divides into two areas:

  1. The top half displays the captured parameters of the selected drawing node.
  2. The lower half gives information about the selected drawing node.

The lower area shows information about the captured drawing such as the views that were captured, their sizes and scales and more:

  1. The sheets and views tree which shows sheets, views, and view breaklines if captured. Uncaptured sheets, views are shown in a dark gray color.
  2. The captured drawing preview which graphically shows the currently selected sheet and its views.
  3. The sheet/view information list which shows information that was captured about the currently selected sheet or view.

To Add a Drawing

Drawings are automatically added to the drawing rules screen when their parent models are added to the model rules screen. You may need to click the "Refresh" button for them to become visible.

To Remove a Drawing

Drawings are automatically removed from the drawing rules screen when their parent models are removed from the model rules screen.

A drawing can be removed from it's parent model by following the steps detailed here Drawings

To Select a Drawing to Edit

Click on a drawing in the drawing tree to show its rules and captured information in the drawing rules list.

To Select Rules to Build

You can select an individual rule in the list and build it by clicking on the "Build" button on the command bar.

Multiple rules can be selected and built at once by using the "Control" and "Shift" keys.
For more information about different types of rules shown in the drawing rules screen and how to build them, see Drawing Rules.

To Recalculate Rules

The values shown in the rule list can become out-of-date if changes are made in other tasks in the task explorer. To refresh them all, click the "Calculate" button.

To Refresh Captured Information

If you start working in the drawing rules screen, and then capture some more drawings, sheets, views, and so on, you may need to click the "Refresh" button for them to be shown in the drawing rules screen.

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