Archive for Sub Assemblies

Subassembly Composer 101: Sequences

As you can tell by the title of this post it is about sequences but really it is also an addendum to my post about codes as well. There are two elements in Subassembly Composer (SAC) that will really help in your flowchart organization these are both found in the Workflow portion of the Tool Box and they are called Flowcharts and Sequences. Both of these elements are like folders that allow you to hold multiple pieces of the main flowchart. Sequences are used to hold linear logic and flowcharts are used to hold branching logic. So why do I love using sequences and flowcharts so much…

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Subassembly Composer 101: Codes

As the blog-o-sphere and the world of twitter have been a buzz the past few days, I am sure you have all heard that the Subassembly Composer has graduated to the Subscription Center. Over the next few weeks I plan on doing a bunch of bite size piece posts (in no particular order most likely) covering some of the features. Because someone was asking me about codes today, I thought I would share a few tidbits.

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Subassembly Composer is a Reality

The labs pre-release version has been inoperative for only a scant couple of weeks before we have a fully functional permanent version.  Create your own intelligent subassemblies WITHOUT needing to have a PhD in Visual Basic coding.  Read on and stay tuned for further posts in the near future.

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Subassembly Composer Series: Part 5: End of the Year Bonus Tutorial

With things being the way they are and many companies experiencing financial troubles, some people may not be getting an end of the year bonus this year. I’m not going to be handing out a nice fat bonus check to all the wonderful readers but I do have a little end of the year bonus for you that will save you time and in my unbiased opinion will change the way you design behind the curb. It’s a nice “simple” shoulder subassembly but it solves two problems that I have always grumbled about. Problem #1 is I wanted a subassembly in fill to daylight with an upward slope if the slope it was connecting to was sloping upward and with a downward slope if the slope it was connecting to was sloping downward. This problem is solved with this subassembly. Problem #2 is I wanted the same subassembly to truncate the shoulder if the shoulder intersects with the surface. This is often the case when I am doing a road rehab job and don’t need a full shoulder and have less area of disturbance. This problem is also solved with this subassembly.

So this wonderful end of the year bonus comes with a little caveat, it’s sort of like a Lego® set, I’m going to give you all of the pieces but you have to put it together yourself in order to use it. Although I can’t stop you from putting it all together and handing it out like candy, I do encourage you to hand others the tutorial and let them put it together themselves. This is two bonuses in one, not only will it walk you through the thought process and set up of the Autodesk Subassembly Composer but I think it will be a subassembly that you will use again and again. So without further ado… Your End of the Year Bonus is below the cut!

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Subassembly Composer Series: Part 4: Testing your Subassembly

So you understand the basics of building a flowchart and using sequences (Part 1) and you’ve got a handle on how to make and use variables (Part 2) and you see the power of the conditionals and decisions (Part 3). You’ve created a simple subassembly file and you are wondering… “Now what?” Hopefully this post will tie up a few loose ends on testing and previewing your subassembly. (That isn’t to say that this is the last part in the series. There is a Part 5 that is ready to hit the street Thursday morning!)

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