{"title":"Managing Large Models with Configurations","slug":"managing-large-models-with-configurations","body":"QuadriSpace includes a powerful ability to setup configurations in your projects. Configurations allow you to create subgroups of your scene.\n\nA configuration defines:\n- Visible models and parts\n- Materials applied to parts\n- Initial Location of parts\n\nA configuration may include: \n- 1 or more exploded views\n- 1 or more parts lists\n- 1 or more illustrations\n\nConfigurations are used to:\n-  Manage large projects by allowing you to create subsets of the assembly\n- Manage multiple merged models\n- Create different variants of your model, for example different product colors\n- Easily turn tools, jigs and props on and off during illustration or document creation\n\n#Independent Configurations\nBy default, new configurations are independent. This means that any changes you have made to materials, initial locations or suppressed parts will not be included with the new configurations.\n\n#Dependent Configurations\nDependent configurations allow you to create a new configuration that is dependent on another. In this case in changes to the original configuration would propagate through the dependent configuration.\n\n#Suppressed Parts\nA configuration has a list of “suppressed” parts. These parts will not appear when you select commands like “Show All”. In fact the program for the most part will behave as if the suppressed parts do not exist. For example, when you create a parts lists, only the parts that are not suppressed for the configuration will be added to the parts list by default.\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Creating an Independent Configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\nWhen you create a new configuration, you can choose to create it form all of the visible parts, all selected parts or all parts in the 3D model.\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Create an Independent Configuration from Visible Parts\",\n  \"body\": \"- Select the Configurations Ribbon\\n- Hide parts that you do not want to be part of the configuration\\n- In the Configuration Ribbon Group, click on Configurations > New Configuration from Visible Parts.\\n- Enter a name for the configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Create an independent configuration from selected parts\",\n  \"body\": \"- Select the Configurations Ribbon\\n- Hide parts that you do not want to be part of the configuration\\n- In the Configuration Ribbon Group, click on Configurations > New Configuration from Selected Parts\\n- Enter a name for the configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Create an independent configuration from all parts\",\n  \"body\": \"- Select the Configurations Ribbon\\n- In the Configuration Group, click on Configurations > New Configuration from All Parts\\n- Enter a name for the configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Selecting a Configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\nSelecting a configuration will display the selected configuration in the 3D view.\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Select a Configuration\",\n  \"body\": \"- To select a configuration from the Configuration Ribbon\\n- Click on the 3D view that you would like to display the selected configuration in.\\n- Select the Configurations Ribbon\\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the desired configuration.\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Creating a Dependent Configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\nA dependent configuration will include the properties of the parent configuration plus any changes that you make to the child configuration. This is an advanced feature and if you are not sure that this is what you want, you should create an independent configuration.\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Create a Dependent Configuration\",\n  \"body\": \"- Select the Home Ribbon\\n- Click on the Extended Group Properties button in the Project Group, this will bring up the Project Panel\\n- In the Project Panel, find the Configuration that you desire as the parent of your new configuration\\n- Right click the parent configuration and choose New Dependent Configuration\\n- Enter a name for the configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Suppressing Parts in a Configurations\"\n}\n[/block]\nWhen a configuration is created from a selection set or the currently visible parts, many parts may be initially suppressed. Typically, you may desire to suppress other parts or unsuppress some parts.\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Suppress parts using the Suppress Tool and a 3D View\",\n  \"body\": \"- Select the Configurations Ribbon\\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\\n- Toggle the Suppress Tool on\\n- Click on parts in the 3D view to suppress them. Once these parts are clicked, they will be hidden and will be considered suppressed in the current configuration\\n- When you are finished, click on the Done button to disable the Suppress Tool\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Suppress parts using the Suppress Tool and the Assembly Tree\",\n  \"body\": \"- Select the Model Ribbon\\n- Click on Model Panel to display the model panel\\n- Set the Model Panel to Assembly tree mode using the pull down selection at top of the panel\\n- Select the Configurations Ribbon\\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\\n- Toggle the Suppress Tool on\\n- Right click on parts in the Model Tree and select Suppress Parts. This option will only be available when you the Suppress Tool is active. Notice that the symbols in the assembly tree change are parts are suppressed\\n- When you are finished, click on the Done button to disable the Suppress Tool.\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Suppress all selected parts\",\n  \"body\": \"- Select the Configuration Ribbon\\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\\n- Using any method desires, select a set of parts in your 3D view\\n- Click the Suppress Selection button to suppress all selected parts for the current Configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Unsuppress parts using the Model Panel\",\n  \"body\": \"- Select the Model Ribbon\\n- Click on Model Panel to display the model panel\\n- Set the Model Panel to Assembly tree mode using the pull down selection at top of the panel\\n- Select the Configurations Ribbon\\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\\n- Toggle the Suppress Tool on\\n- Right click on parts in the Model Tree and select Unsuppress Parts. This option will only be available when you the Suppress Tool is active. Suppressed parts are indicated on the assembly tree with a circle symbol with a slash through it\\n- When you are finished, click on the Done button to disable the Suppress Tool\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Changing Materials for a Configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\nEach configuration captures material changes. When you switch between different configurations, the materials may change depending on the changes you made to each.\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Change materials for a configuration\",\n  \"body\": \"- Select the Configurations Ribbon\\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\\n- Select the Model Ribbon\\n- Modify the materials (documented in Modifying Materials)\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Setting up the Initial Position of Models\"\n}\n[/block]\nTo set the initial position of parts in a configuration, you should use the Move Component command in the Merge Group. From a user interface perspective this works in a similar fashion to the Move Parts command for working with Exploded Views. The purpose of moving models for configuration setup is to set the initial position or merged models, jigs, tools, props, etc.\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Setup the initial position of models\",\n  \"body\": \"- Select the Configurations Ribbon\\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\\n- Click Move Model (or Rotate or Scale)\\n- Click on a part or a model in the 3D view, by default, this will select the parent model (hint: in order to select individual parts, you will need to use the Model Panel)\\n- Edit the position using any of the following methods: Use the mouse to drag the part, Use the mouse to drag an axis (X, Y, or Z),  Type in a value in the Properties Panel, or Use the sliders in the Properties Panel.\\n- When finished, click on Close to exit the editor.\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Renaming a Configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\nIn general, configuration names are for your identification purposes only; however, there may be needs to rename configurations from time-to-time.\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Rename a configuration\",\n  \"body\": \"- Display the Project Panel\\n- Locate the desired configuration in the Project tree\\n- Right click on the configuration and choose \\\"Configuration Properties…\\\"\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Deleting a Configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\nDeleting a configuration will delete all parts lists, exploded views and illustrations that are built on the configuration.\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"success\",\n  \"title\": \"Delete a configuration\",\n  \"body\": \"- Display the Project Panel\\n- Locate the desired configuration in the Project tree\\n- Right click on the configuration and choose Delete Configuration\"\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:callout]\n{\n  \"type\": \"danger\",\n  \"title\": \"Warning! Deleting a Configuration is irreversible.\",\n  \"body\": \"Please verify before your delete a configuration.\"\n}\n[/block]","_id":"55b6ecd1c2e909190073ef54","changelog":[],"tags":[],"user":{"name":"QuadriSpace Team","username":"","_id":"55a6dc0c112cf20d003a3196"},"__v":0,"createdAt":"2015-07-28T02:45:37.829Z","project":"55b41741c8f1ca1700e5e194","metadata":{"title":"","description":"","image":[]}}

Managing Large Models with Configurations


QuadriSpace includes a powerful ability to setup configurations in your projects. Configurations allow you to create subgroups of your scene. A configuration defines: - Visible models and parts - Materials applied to parts - Initial Location of parts A configuration may include: - 1 or more exploded views - 1 or more parts lists - 1 or more illustrations Configurations are used to: - Manage large projects by allowing you to create subsets of the assembly - Manage multiple merged models - Create different variants of your model, for example different product colors - Easily turn tools, jigs and props on and off during illustration or document creation #Independent Configurations By default, new configurations are independent. This means that any changes you have made to materials, initial locations or suppressed parts will not be included with the new configurations. #Dependent Configurations Dependent configurations allow you to create a new configuration that is dependent on another. In this case in changes to the original configuration would propagate through the dependent configuration. #Suppressed Parts A configuration has a list of “suppressed” parts. These parts will not appear when you select commands like “Show All”. In fact the program for the most part will behave as if the suppressed parts do not exist. For example, when you create a parts lists, only the parts that are not suppressed for the configuration will be added to the parts list by default. [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Creating an Independent Configuration" } [/block] When you create a new configuration, you can choose to create it form all of the visible parts, all selected parts or all parts in the 3D model. [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Create an Independent Configuration from Visible Parts", "body": "- Select the Configurations Ribbon\n- Hide parts that you do not want to be part of the configuration\n- In the Configuration Ribbon Group, click on Configurations > New Configuration from Visible Parts.\n- Enter a name for the configuration" } [/block] [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Create an independent configuration from selected parts", "body": "- Select the Configurations Ribbon\n- Hide parts that you do not want to be part of the configuration\n- In the Configuration Ribbon Group, click on Configurations > New Configuration from Selected Parts\n- Enter a name for the configuration" } [/block] [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Create an independent configuration from all parts", "body": "- Select the Configurations Ribbon\n- In the Configuration Group, click on Configurations > New Configuration from All Parts\n- Enter a name for the configuration" } [/block] [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Selecting a Configuration" } [/block] Selecting a configuration will display the selected configuration in the 3D view. [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Select a Configuration", "body": "- To select a configuration from the Configuration Ribbon\n- Click on the 3D view that you would like to display the selected configuration in.\n- Select the Configurations Ribbon\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the desired configuration." } [/block] [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Creating a Dependent Configuration" } [/block] A dependent configuration will include the properties of the parent configuration plus any changes that you make to the child configuration. This is an advanced feature and if you are not sure that this is what you want, you should create an independent configuration. [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Create a Dependent Configuration", "body": "- Select the Home Ribbon\n- Click on the Extended Group Properties button in the Project Group, this will bring up the Project Panel\n- In the Project Panel, find the Configuration that you desire as the parent of your new configuration\n- Right click the parent configuration and choose New Dependent Configuration\n- Enter a name for the configuration" } [/block] [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Suppressing Parts in a Configurations" } [/block] When a configuration is created from a selection set or the currently visible parts, many parts may be initially suppressed. Typically, you may desire to suppress other parts or unsuppress some parts. [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Suppress parts using the Suppress Tool and a 3D View", "body": "- Select the Configurations Ribbon\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\n- Toggle the Suppress Tool on\n- Click on parts in the 3D view to suppress them. Once these parts are clicked, they will be hidden and will be considered suppressed in the current configuration\n- When you are finished, click on the Done button to disable the Suppress Tool" } [/block] [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Suppress parts using the Suppress Tool and the Assembly Tree", "body": "- Select the Model Ribbon\n- Click on Model Panel to display the model panel\n- Set the Model Panel to Assembly tree mode using the pull down selection at top of the panel\n- Select the Configurations Ribbon\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\n- Toggle the Suppress Tool on\n- Right click on parts in the Model Tree and select Suppress Parts. This option will only be available when you the Suppress Tool is active. Notice that the symbols in the assembly tree change are parts are suppressed\n- When you are finished, click on the Done button to disable the Suppress Tool." } [/block] [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Suppress all selected parts", "body": "- Select the Configuration Ribbon\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\n- Using any method desires, select a set of parts in your 3D view\n- Click the Suppress Selection button to suppress all selected parts for the current Configuration" } [/block] [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Unsuppress parts using the Model Panel", "body": "- Select the Model Ribbon\n- Click on Model Panel to display the model panel\n- Set the Model Panel to Assembly tree mode using the pull down selection at top of the panel\n- Select the Configurations Ribbon\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\n- Toggle the Suppress Tool on\n- Right click on parts in the Model Tree and select Unsuppress Parts. This option will only be available when you the Suppress Tool is active. Suppressed parts are indicated on the assembly tree with a circle symbol with a slash through it\n- When you are finished, click on the Done button to disable the Suppress Tool" } [/block] [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Changing Materials for a Configuration" } [/block] Each configuration captures material changes. When you switch between different configurations, the materials may change depending on the changes you made to each. [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Change materials for a configuration", "body": "- Select the Configurations Ribbon\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\n- Select the Model Ribbon\n- Modify the materials (documented in Modifying Materials)" } [/block] [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Setting up the Initial Position of Models" } [/block] To set the initial position of parts in a configuration, you should use the Move Component command in the Merge Group. From a user interface perspective this works in a similar fashion to the Move Parts command for working with Exploded Views. The purpose of moving models for configuration setup is to set the initial position or merged models, jigs, tools, props, etc. [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Setup the initial position of models", "body": "- Select the Configurations Ribbon\n- Use the Configurations pull down to select the Configuration that you desire to modify\n- Click Move Model (or Rotate or Scale)\n- Click on a part or a model in the 3D view, by default, this will select the parent model (hint: in order to select individual parts, you will need to use the Model Panel)\n- Edit the position using any of the following methods: Use the mouse to drag the part, Use the mouse to drag an axis (X, Y, or Z), Type in a value in the Properties Panel, or Use the sliders in the Properties Panel.\n- When finished, click on Close to exit the editor." } [/block] [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Renaming a Configuration" } [/block] In general, configuration names are for your identification purposes only; however, there may be needs to rename configurations from time-to-time. [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Rename a configuration", "body": "- Display the Project Panel\n- Locate the desired configuration in the Project tree\n- Right click on the configuration and choose \"Configuration Properties…\"" } [/block] [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Deleting a Configuration" } [/block] Deleting a configuration will delete all parts lists, exploded views and illustrations that are built on the configuration. [block:callout] { "type": "success", "title": "Delete a configuration", "body": "- Display the Project Panel\n- Locate the desired configuration in the Project tree\n- Right click on the configuration and choose Delete Configuration" } [/block] [block:callout] { "type": "danger", "title": "Warning! Deleting a Configuration is irreversible.", "body": "Please verify before your delete a configuration." } [/block]