Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pro/E Wildfire Tips and Tricks

If you have ever tried to build an assembly that uses parts from multiple directories you will have found that Pro/E does not seem to support this. The solution is to create a custom part library.

Custom part libraries can be implemented in Pro/E without using intralink by setting the search_path or search_path_file in your file. If you set the search_path_file you can set it to something like C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\ and include all of the search directories in it.

To create the select tools > options from the main menu, then press the save button on the window that pops up and save it as C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\

If you want to get complicated you can make your own custom part libraries using the Pro/Library features by setting pro_library_dir to something like C:\cad\lib

You can then create menu files which allow you to add a textual description to each part. This also prevent extraneous documentation directories from showing up.

Example servos.mnu file placed in the servos directory
HiTEC HS-65MG Mighty Feather
HiTEC HS-325HB Standard

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