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Aug 17

Important meta-data in assembly table, online, also downloads as a CSV


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Aug 17

A product is much more than an assembly and Meta Data.  With multiple pieces and components making up an assembly, the meta-data associated with a particular version of makes a big impact in design, engineering, fabrication and other product decisions.

Here are some common items you find popping up in meta data:

  • Do we make or buy?
  • Who is the vendor?
  • What is the part number?
  • What’s the manufacturer’s part number?
  • Is there an item description?
  • What material is acceptable?
  • How many, what quantity, what category?
  • Which level of the Assembly?
  • Version?  Approved?  Product Revision?
  • Can I get a quick preview?  (in 3D)
  • Did engineering add any notes?

Meta data made easy online on TeamPlatform

TeamPlatform’s Assembly Browser is a powerful tool for navigating through an assembly, which requires no plugins to slow you down.  How do you upload data (note, you can also use the Sync client to upload, which makes it easier to keep the latest version on your computer or workstation)?  Watch:

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Uploading is really easy because it should be really easy.

Meta Data an be sorted, filtered, searched.  Custom Properties can be searched and sorted.  Columns can be interchanged.  You can change the view depending on the assembly you are viewing.

  • All Meta Data Fields can be shown
  • All Custom Properties shown
  • All Quantities shown
  • All Versions shown
  • Author shown
  • Date of revision
  • Assembly Level Implicit by indentation (how it should be)

Showing Some Meta Data Fields including Part #, Material, Vendor and Vendor Part #.

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Multi-level Assemblies are easy to see.  It’s pretty clear there are at least three levels in the short product tree.
Larger assemblies will have more levels, and you can click on the image to see this large assembly.

Assembly Table to CSV and 3D Online Viewing

What can be done with the assembly table.  You can download the Assembly table as a CSV.  What are you going to do with it?  That’s your decision to make once you’ve downloaded the table with meta-data fields and part information.

Downloading the assembly Table as a *.CSV for a spread-sheet.  You can also zip the entire assembly for download (which packs all assembly and components into the zip, a lot like the familiar “pack-and-go”)

3D models can be viewed online in 3D.  We’re further representing 3D with the shake effect, but it is better to try it yourself if you have not used 3D before!

Since TeamPlatform makes 3D easy, when you click on a part, sub-assembly, or the main assembly, you can view the model in 3D.  In fact, a 3D-window pops-up and you can start zooming, panning and taking measurements instantly and saving new views and screen captures for annotations, instantly.

What about “Where Used?” and “Has Components?”

Sometimes, it is the relationships across assemblies and sub-assemblies that are interesting.  For example, if you have a toolbox of parts and you want to check where components are used, or if you have a series of sub-assemblies and want to know if the sub assembly is re-used.  ”Where Used?” is common language for finding out where these parts and sub-assemblies also appear, and it’s easy to find this in TeamPlatform.

Where Is this component used?  This bolt is used in three different places.  References show “Where used”…

Which components does this have?  It has many components, because it is a major sub-assembly.  This sub-assembly is also used in the main assembly.  Sub-assemblies both have components and are used in a higher-level assembly.

I’ve not got Assemblies … but I’ve still got Meta Data

Photos and Video

The file view gives you plenty of opportunity to explore meta-data.  For example, you might be interested in the F-stop and exposure on your latest safari videos.

Of course Photos have meta data.  It’s common to find Pixel Dimensions, Exposure, Camera Make and Model meta-data in images.

3D Scanning Surveys

Another good example of both meta-data and associativity is with 3D Scans, here FLS and FWS point cloud scan data from the FARO Focus or FARO Photon.  While not a CAD assembly, the FWS file contains association and position information carefully calculated based on alignment information.  With meta data information, you have a quick view of the path relationships and the original orientations for the 3D scans.  Much like CAD assemblies in TeamPlatform, the 3D scans are represented intelligently with a plan view showing the orientation of each scan pass.

FLS scans are associated via the FWS  model.  A plan view of a scan of a tank.
Scans are associated via the FWS model, similar to CAD assemblies.

Survey files in 3D scanning are associated by a project file, much like an assembly (ex: sldprt and sldasm or prt and asm).   Above a series of FLS point cloud scans (center-point position of the scanner position in plan view is shown surrounding the scanned object).  These individual scans are associated by a FWS project file.  (FWS and FLS are FARO Scene proprietary laser scanning and point cloud formats).

Markup and measurement on a single 3D point cloud scan pass in planar view.
Spherical and 3D Preview is also available.

Meta data in a FLS point cloud file showing scanner position, scanner make and serial number.  This is meta data for an individual file.  You can also line-up files in list view and compare the meta-data across multiple files.

Four tank point cloud scans.

There is a lot of meta-data and information that can be packed into big scans with many objects.  Markup (shown above) helps projects move ahead faster.  Associations between scan passes keep models together easily.

Tips for Getting Started with Meta Data

Upload your files.  Here’s how you upload a file or two.

Uploading is really easy because it should be really easy.

To do this on your own, get started by logging into your TeamPlatform account.

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