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Configuration Properties PropertyManager

You can specify configuration properties such as name and description, as well as BOM options and other advanced options.

Specify configuration properties when you manually create new configurations. In this case, the title of the PropertyManager is Add Configuration.

You can also edit properties of existing configurations. In this case, the title of the PropertyManager is Configuration Properties.

To specify properties for configurations, do one of the following:


  • Create a new configuration:
    • In the ConfigurationManager , right-click the part or assembly name and select Add Configuration.
    • In the FeatureManager design tree of an assembly, right-click a component and select Add Configuration. This enables you to create a configuration of the assembly component without opening the component in its own window. You must be editing the top-level assembly; the component can be at any level in the FeatureManager design tree. The configuration is stored in the file of the component for which the configuration is created.
  • Edit an existing configuration:
    • In the ConfigurationManager , right-click a configuration name and select Properties.

Configuration Properties

Configuration name Type a name for the configuration. The name must not include the forward slash (/) or "at" sign (@). A warning message appears when you close the dialog box if the name field contains either of these characters, if the field is blank, or if the name already exists. You can display component configuration names in the FeatureManager design tree.
Description (Optional.) Type a description that identifies the configuration. You can display component configuration descriptions in the FeatureManager design tree and the ConfigurationManager. If you want to use the text as the description in a bill of materials, select Use in bill of materials. The text takes precedence over any configuration-specific or custom properties, but does not alter their value.
Comment (Optional.) Type additional descriptive information about the configuration.
Custom Properties (Available only when editing properties of an existing configuration.) Click to access Configuration Specific properties in the Summary Information dialog box.

Bill Of Materials Options

You can also set these options in the Component Options dialog box when editing a BOM.
Part number displayed when used in a bill of materials Specify how the assembly or part is listed in a Bill of Materials. Select one of the following:
Document Name
The part number is the same as the document name.
Configuration Name
The part number is the same as the configuration name.
Link to Parent Configuration
(For derived configurations only.) The part number is the same as the parent configuration name.
User Specified Name
The part number is a name that you type.
Child component display when used as a sub-assembly (Assemblies only.) When this configuration of the assembly is used as a subassembly in another assembly, these settings are used in conjunction with the BOM Type settings in the Bill of Materials PropertyManager to control if and how the child components appear in a bill of materials of the top level assembly. For more information about the BOM Type settings, see Bill of Materials PropertyManager. Select one of the following:
Show
Shows child components in the BOM if dictated by BOM Type in the Bill of Materials PropertyManager. (Child components are not shown in a Top-level only BOM.)
Hide
Hides the child components in the BOM, even if BOM Type normally would show them. The subassembly appears as a single item in the BOM. For example, a Parts only BOM usually lists child components as individual items. If Hide is selected, the subassembly is listed instead.
Promote
Dissolves the subassembly in the BOM and shows its child components, even if the BOM Type would not normally show them. For example, a Top-level only BOM usually lists just the subassembly and not its child components. If Promote is selected, the child components are listed and the subassembly is not.
Examples - Child Component Display Properties

Advanced Options

The following properties control what happens when you add new items to another configuration, and then activate this configuration again. The options that are available depend on the type of document.

Suppress features (Parts only). When selected, new features added to other configurations are suppressed in this configuration. Otherwise, new features are included (not suppressed) in this configuration.
Suppress new features and mates (Assemblies only). When selected, new mates and features added to other configurations are suppressed in this configuration. Otherwise, new mates and features are included (not suppressed) in this configuration. New features in assemblies include assembly feature cuts and holes, component patterns, reference geometry, and sketches that belong to the assembly (not to one of the assembly components).
Hide new components (Assemblies only). When selected, new components added to other configurations are hidden in this configuration. Otherwise, new components are shown in this configuration.
Suppress new components (Assemblies only). When selected, new components added to other configurations are suppressed in this configuration. Otherwise, new components are resolved (not suppressed) in this configuration.
Use configuration specific color To specify a color for the configuration, select this check box, then click Color to choose a color from the color palette.
The configuration specific color applies to shaded mode only unless you select Apply same color to wireframe, HLR and shaded in Document Color Options.
To apply a configuration-specific color to components in an assembly, right-click the selected components in the FeatureManager design tree, expand Appearances , and select the component . Then select a color in the Appearances PropertyManager.

Parent/Child Options

Available only in assemblies and only when adding a new configuration to the assembly or one of its components. Select the components to which you want to add the new configuration.

For example, suppose you have an assembly, vise, which contains a sub-assembly, handle, which contains a component connector. If you add a new configuration named long to vise, you can add configurations named long to handle and connector at the same time, by selecting them in the simplified tree under Parent/Child Options.



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