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Bounding Box

Using SW3
I have two questions for consideration.
Thank you to all are kind enough to offer help.

1)  Since SW is smart enough to automatically create a bounding box around a
component, is there a way to access and use the size of this box for a BOM
Material Size entry? Right now I am linking each xyz dim to a Special
Property.

2) Can a macro be written that will link a part on sheet 2,3,etc. to the BOM
Item# on sheet 1? If so, I would like to discuss $$for someone to do it for me. This is why: I always use multiple sheets and include an informational Block with each of several items detailed on the sheet (usually four to six Items per sheet). I have been able to do some very nice linking to Custom Properties for the Name and Material of each Item, but I also want to include the Quantity and BOM Item# of the part. This is how I think it could be done. If the Item# and Quantity can be determined by a spread sheet that looks at the assembly Feature Manager tree, then, is it not possible to also link that data to an updateable (replaceable) Custom Property for each Item of the assembly?   0 alluvium1 9/21/2003 2:55:33 PM comp.cad.solidworks 14446 articles. 2 followers. 5 Replies 1589 Views Similar Articles [PageSpeed] 15 Were you, by any chance, at the combined Chicago,Milwaukee, Rockford, SolidWorks user group meeting that happened last Thursday? This exact question came up in a roundtable discussion. Some guy said it could be done with a macro, with a command like 'Getbox'. Maybe someone else who was in attendance will chime in with a more lucid recollection. "alluvium1" <alluvium1@insightbb.com> wrote in message news:FZibb.537493o%2.234732@sccrnsc02... > Using SW3 > I have two questions for consideration. > Thank you to all are kind enough to offer help. > > 1) Since SW is smart enough to automatically create a bounding box around a > component, is there a way to access and use the size of this box for a BOM > Material Size entry? Right now I am linking each xyz dim to a Special > Property. > > 2) Can a macro be written that will link a part on sheet 2,3,etc. to the BOM > Item# on sheet 1? If so, I would like to discuss$$ for someone to do it
for
> me.
>
> This is why:
> I always use multiple sheets and include an informational Block with each
of
> several  items detailed on the sheet (usually four to six Items per
sheet).
> I have been able to do some very nice linking to Custom Properties for the
> Name and Material of each Item, but I also want to include the Quantity
and
> BOM Item# of the part.
>
> This is how I think it could be done.
> If the Item# and Quantity can be determined by a spread sheet that looks
at
> the assembly Feature Manager tree, then, is it not possible to also link
> that data to an updateable (replaceable) Custom Property for each Item of
> the assembly?
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Edward
9/21/2003 3:41:39 PM
The bounding box calculated by SW is for display purposes, and is rather
approximate, IIRC. I do seem to remember that someone had written a macro
to calculate this accurately. Two problems: I don't know where to find this
macro, and you'd have to make sure that all your parts are aligned to the
basic planes of each part.

The method we've adopted give is the finished material size in a custome
property. Place three reference dimensions on the part, then create a
"stock" custom property link to these dimensions. It's a little extra work,
but there it is.

As for getting item number and qty out to the individual part views, Solid
Solutions Magazine (www.solidmag.com) has a monthly macro feature. One of
those monthly macros does just this, but it has limitations and will need
to be altered for your company's practices.

In short, your needs can be met by macros, but I don't know of any complete
solutions. Unfortunately, I'm also not competent to provide you with such
macros myself.

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Dale
9/21/2003 5:26:33 PM
Ivan Ivanov has a program "MinBBox" he is selling and there is a trail
version and a help incentive for a free version.

http://www.minbbox.com

Otherwise, it's a question which has come up...

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Paul
9/21/2003 6:22:46 PM
Bob Hanson Wrote:

I was the one who mentioned that it can be done.

I mentioned that it can be done using a macro feature.

Best Regards,

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"alluvium1" <alluvium1@insightbb.com> wrote in message
news:FZibb.537493$o%2.234732@sccrnsc02... > Using SW3 > I have two questions for consideration. > Thank you to all are kind enough to offer help. > > 1) Since SW is smart enough to automatically create a bounding box around a > component, is there a way to access and use the size of this box for a BOM > Material Size entry? Right now I am linking each xyz dim to a Special > Property. > > 2) Can a macro be written that will link a part on sheet 2,3,etc. to the BOM > Item# on sheet 1? If so, I would like to discuss $$for someone to do it for > me. > > This is why: > I always use multiple sheets and include an informational Block with each of > several items detailed on the sheet (usually four to six Items per sheet). > I have been able to do some very nice linking to Custom Properties for the > Name and Material of each Item, but I also want to include the Quantity and > BOM Item# of the part. > > This is how I think it could be done. > If the Item# and Quantity can be determined by a spread sheet that looks at > the assembly Feature Manager tree, then, is it not possible to also link > that data to an updateable (replaceable) Custom Property for each Item of > the assembly? > >   0 Robert 9/21/2003 10:18:29 PM You're right about the API call, Ed. It's Component2.GetBox . Alluvium: Implementing a macro feature that takes advantage of it would not be complex, but might be intimidating if you haven't done any API work before. If you want to tackle it yourself, there was a presentation by Trevor D'Arcy Evans at SolidWorks World 2003 that included this topic and his example files are posted on the SolidWorks site: http://www.solidworks.com/pages/services/APIDownloads.html. The bounding box is an approximation, so it may or may not be appropriate depending on your needs. You can tweek it to be more accurate by adjusting tesselation quality. Paul Salvador's recommendation of minBBox might be worth looking into. Brenda ----------------------------------------------- Brenda D. Bosley CustomSolids "Edward T Eaton" <ed'remove_this'1701@prodigy.net> wrote in message news:bkkgqv2mpmq1@ID-139356.news.uni-berlin.de... > Were you, by any chance, at the combined Chicago,Milwaukee, Rockford, > SolidWorks user group meeting that happened last Thursday? This exact > question came up in a roundtable discussion. > Some guy said it could be done with a macro, with a command like 'Getbox'. > Maybe someone else who was in attendance will chime in with a more lucid > recollection. > > "alluvium1" <alluvium1@insightbb.com> wrote in message > news:FZibb.537493o%2.234732@sccrnsc02... > > Using SW3 > > I have two questions for consideration. > > Thank you to all are kind enough to offer help. > > > > 1) Since SW is smart enough to automatically create a bounding box around > a > > component, is there a way to access and use the size of this box for a BOM > > Material Size entry? Right now I am linking each xyz dim to a Special > > Property. > > > > 2) Can a macro be written that will link a part on sheet 2,3,etc. to the > BOM > > Item# on sheet 1? If so, I would like to discuss$$ for someone to do it > for > > me. > > > > This is why: > > I always use multiple sheets and include an informational Block with each > of > > several items detailed on the sheet (usually four to six Items per > sheet). > > I have been able to do some very nice linking to Custom Properties for the > > Name and Material of each Item, but I also want to include the Quantity > and > > BOM Item# of the part. > > > > This is how I think it could be done. > > If the Item# and Quantity can be determined by a spread sheet that looks > at > > the assembly Feature Manager tree, then, is it not possible to also link > > that data to an updateable (replaceable) Custom Property for each Item of > > the assembly? > > > > > >   0 Brenda 9/22/2003 3:37:50 PM  Reply: Similar Artilces: bounding box/bounding box intersection. Hi guys, thanks so much for your recent help with my collision detection problems. 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(corresponding to the line: \includegraphics[width=3D0.95\linewidth]{Figures/figure.pdf} but when I check the pdf it seems it DOES have a BoundingBox$gs -sDEVICE=3Dbbox figure.pdf AFPL Ghostscript 8.51 (2005-04-18) Copyright (C) 2005 artofcode LLC, Benicia, CA. All rights reserved. This software comes with NO WARRANTY: see the file PUBLIC for details. Processing pages 1 through 1. Page 1 %%BoundingBox: 71 430 540 720 %%HiResBoundingBox: 71.999998 430.919987 539.999984 719.999978 The trim options didn=B4t work either \includegraphics[trim =3D 51 1 0 0]{figure.pdf} same error Then I tried another solution (that should add a bounding box, they say): $pdfcrop --margins "58 60 542 393" figure.pdf but the problem is still there... Can anybody give me some hints on how to solve the problem? Note: I converted all figures to ps with pdftops, and that solved the problem... but figures now have a really bad quality. Thanks -- Claudio ooops, I forgot two things: I also tried \psfig{file=3D Figures/comp_ga_speed_rot2.pdf,width=3D 0=2E95\linewidth,bb=3D58 60 82 93} and \includegraphics[width=3D0.95\linewidth, bb=3D58 60 542 393... bounding box #2 hi, while im inserting figures&pictures it shows an error as there is no bounding box. can anyone suggest how to insert the pictures and wat is meant by bounding box? as early as possible. hemarajen@gmail.com wrote: > hi, > while im inserting figures&pictures it shows an error as > there is no bounding box. can anyone suggest how to insert the > pictures and wat is meant by bounding box? as early as possible. > 1) Don't you have a name? 2) Can you give a minimal example? The Bounding Box is used by TeX to determine how much space a figure will take up. If it can't find information on the figure size, TeX rightfully complains. If you use postscript, there should be a Line %%BoundingBox near the top of the postscript file. You can also give options [bb=ll lr ul ur] to the \includegraphics command. See the documentation to graphicx package Cheers, Carsten Carsten Lemmen wrote: > hemarajen@gmail.com wrote: > >>hi, >> while im inserting figures&pictures it shows an error as >>there is no bounding box. can anyone suggest how to insert the >>pictures and wat is meant by bounding box? as early as possible. >> > > > 1) Don't you have a name? > 2) Can you give a minimal example? > > The Bounding Box is used by TeX to determine how much space a figure > will take up. If it can't find information on the figure size, TeX > rightfully com... No bounding box error I received the following error message. ! LaTeX Error: Cannot determine size of graphic in somefile.jpg (no BoundingBox). I can compile it just fine when using the usual MiKTeX but when i try to compile it as a PSTricks (a small script using dvips etc.) i get this error. 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I (thought I) knew that the bounding box was correct because I tested the same box with Wimp_DragBox and the pointer was constrained to the area I was intending. I finally found that the problem had resulted from my bounding box being technically incorrect. DragAnObject is more fussy than Wimp_DragBox and if you pass it a bounding box where y0 and y1 are equal, it ignores it. The solution is to ensure that y1 is slightly larger than y0 (I have added on the number of pixels per OS unit in the Y direction for safety). Hope this helps someone else sometime! -- Matthew Phillips Dundee -- Posted via a free Usenet account from http://www.teranews.com ... Smallest Bounding Box I'm doing some object tracking and have a question regarding bounding boxes. I can get a bounding box using the region properties but that gives a rectangle with sides parallel to the axis. How can I get the coordinates of the smallest possible bounding rectangle? ie. A rectangle that may or may not be parallel to the axis. Hi, read this about the "rotating calipers" algorithm : http://newsreader.mathworks.com/WebX/.ef2a326?50@12.fVhdbTQr22i@ J�r�me Brad Collins wrote: > > > I'm doing some object tracking and have a question regarding > bounding > boxes.... Projection of bounding box Hi, Given a feature and its bounding box, if you project both into another coordinate system, the bounding box may not bound the feature. I know why this happens, but is there any workaround for it, ie. can I get bounds in one system that upon projection remain the bounds in the other system as well? My projection is a simple XYZ to X'Y'Z' one, both are orthogonal. My feature is a circle in 3 space. Thank you. Khan <chengiz@my-deja.com> wrote in message news:1163438591.384428.59950@m7g2000cwm.googlegroups.com... > Given a feature and its bounding box, if you project both into another > coordinate system, the bounding box may not bound the feature. I know > why this happens, but is there any workaround for it, ie. can I get > bounds in one system that upon projection remain the bounds in the > other system as well? Typical transformations in graphics tend to preserve containment. What exactly is your transformation and what makes you think you lose the containment property? Perhaps the problem is a coding error and not an algorithmic one? -- Dave Eberly http://www.geometrictools.com > What exactly is your transformation > and what makes you think you lose the containment > property? Perhaps the problem is a coding error and > not an algorithmic one? > > -- > Dave Eberlyhttp://www.geometrictools.com I mistakenly thought losing containment was true always, thanks for setting me right. The problem could be with ... Bounding Box in EPS I am very proud of some postscript code I've just written that takes an especially formatted array and turns it into a tree on the page. For example: the array might be [ 2 [ 0 (arg1) ] [ 0 ( arg2) ] (root) ] And the tree will be: root / \ / \ arg1 arg2 I've found though that these trees can become very large, and so I've turned them into EPS files so they can be scaled later. Well, I was hoping that I could automate this process, but I've got no idea what to do about the bounding box. Reading through the FAQ, it recommends printing the page and getting out a ruler. This is hardly the most exact solution! I have postscript code that can calculate the width of the tree. And I could write code that calculates the height. But what use would those numbers be? They have to appear as comments in the EPS file. I can't see how I can work around this. I can also run the code through ghostscript, pick the number off that program, and then edit my source. But this is a multistep effort, and although in reality it's not that difficult, I'd really like to know how other people get around this problem. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Matthew. Matthew Walker wrote: > I can also run the code through ghostscript, pick the number off that > program, and then edit my source. But this is a multistep effort, and > although in reality it's not that difficult... bounding box of a string Hi, to properly place a string i'd like to know its x- and y-dimensions in advance. How can i do that? I generate the postscript file from a perl script, is there a way to find out the bounding box of a string? Or how can i place the string centered in a rectangle? Best regards, Torsten. In article <ciq4ff$ake\$2@schleim.qwe.de>, Torsten Mohr <tmohr@s.netic.de> wrote: > >to properly place a string i'd like to know its >x- and y-dimensions in advance. How can i do that? I generally use charpath to turn the string to a path, then use pathbbox. >I generate the postscript file from a perl script, >is there a way to find out the bounding box of a >string? If you want to do it before generating the final file, maybe you could talk to the intended printer (if it's a postscript printer) or to ghostscript or something in advance to find out the dimensions. >Or how can i place the string centered in a rectangle? Recently I wrote, /placecentre { 8 dict begin /y exch def /x exch def /showtext exch def /show { false charpath } def /stroke {} def newpath 0 0 moveto showtext pathbbox /top exch def /right exch def /bottom exch def /left exch def currentdict /show undef currentdict /stroke undef newpath x left sub right left sub 2 div sub y bottom sub top bottom sub 2 div sub moveto showtext end } bind def where you can do...

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