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The Master Model

The Master Model


Lesson 9

PURPOSE

To introduce the Master Model concept.

OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to:


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Review an existing Master Model. Create a new Master Model.

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The Assembly Modeler


The Unigraphics assembly is a file containing stored links to the part files that are pieces of the assembly. The geometry that defines the piece parts of the assembly resides in the original part file only, there is no duplication in the assembly file. A link in the assembly file is referred to as a component object. A component object stores information about the piece part such as its location, attributes, origin, orientation, permissions, degree of display, and its relationship to other parts.

The Master Model Concept


Applying the Master Model Concept in a Drafting situation is simply the creation of an assembly consisting of one component part. It is valuable as a means of promoting concurrent engineering. The person responsible for the design of a part is not the same person responsible for all of the downstream applications performed on the part. These downstream applications may include drafting, manufacturing, analysis, etc. The Master Model Concept is also valuable in protecting the design intent of the part from inadvertent corruption by a downstream user. The downstream user will have write privileges to the assembly file, but only read privileges to the model. The solid model is referenced for the application work, but the downstream user will not have the ability to change it.

Because the application information in the assembly or non-master file is referencing the original master model part, edits to the master model will be updated in the non-master part file. Implementing Master Model theory allows diverse yet dependent design processes to access the same master geometry during development. Therefore, the entire part creation process becomes more efficient allowing many disciplines to work at the same time and allowing master model edits to be automatically updated in non-master parts.

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The power of implementing a Master Model is that the independent design processes are dependent on the same master geometry during development.

Drafting

Assembly

Master Model

Analysis

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Each application uses a separate assembly file. When the Master Model is revised, the other applications will automatically update with minimal or no associativity loss. The design intent of the various design applications can be maintained through protection of the Master Model.

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Master Model Example


Manufacturing engineers have the need to design fixture devices, define machining operations, and designate cutter tools and save this data in their models. By creating a manufacturing assembly" and adding a component to it, they can then generate their application specific geometry or data in a separate part file which references the master geometry:
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This avoids duplication of model geometry Different users can work in separate files simultaneously
(owned by manufacturing engineer)

abcd1234_mfg.prt

Contains manufacturing data and a component object which references master model part

(owned by designer)

abcd1234.prt

Contains master model geometry

The manufacturing engineer has ownership of the assembly file without necessarily having write access to the master model which is owned by the designer.

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Master Model Drawing Guidelines


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1. Create the 'drawing' file (Open seedpart_mm or seedpart_in, FILESAVE AS, xxxxxxx_dwg) 2. Start the Assemblies application (APPLICATIONASSEMBLIES) 3. Add the part to be detailed as a component (ASSEMBLIES COMPONENTSADD EXISTING) 4. Change to the Drafting Application (APPLICATIONDRAFTING) 5. Adjust the paper; name, units, size, projection angle (DRAWINGEDIT) 6. Add the drawing formats; title block, border, revision block, standard notes (Site dependent) 7. Set View Display Preferences; hidden line removal, section backgrounds, threads (PREFERENCES VIEW DISPLAY) 8. Add the first 'Imported' view; typically top or front (DRAWINGADD VIEWIMPORT VIEW) 9. Add more views; orthographic, detail, auxiliary, section, isometric, exploded (DRAWINGADD VIEWORTHOGRAPHIC VIEW) 10. Adjust the views; scale, move, align, remove (DRAWINGEDIT VIEW) 11. Adjust the View Display Preferences, per view (PREFERENCES VIEW DISPLAY) 12. Clean up individual views with view dependent edits; erase object, edit entire object, edit object segment (EDITVIEW DEPENDENT EDIT) 13. Add the Utility Symbols; centerlines, target symbols, intersection symbols (INSERTUTILITY SYMBOL) 14. Add the dimensions (INSERTDIMENSION) 15. Add the notes, labels, and GD&T's (INSERTANNOTATION)

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Activity 1 - Exploring a Master Model Assembly


This activity will demonstrate the advantages of a Master Model Assembly. Step 1 Choose File"Options"Load Options and ensure that the Load Method is From Directory.

Step 2 Open the part file pau_tapedisp_dwg. Make sure that you are selecting pau_tapedisp_dwg.

Step 3 Choose Drafting. Step 4 Inspect the drawing for dimensional values.
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Zoom in on section view A-A and note the slot width of .88 and the corner radius of .12. Both dimensions have been rounded from the model dimensions to two decimal places.
Slot Width

Corner Radius

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Restore the view and note the drawing name, SH1, at the lower left corner.

Step 5 Investigate the model.

Choose Modeling. Choose InformationFeature and note that there are no features. Choose ToolsExpression and note that there are no expressions. Choose AssembliesReportsList Components.

An information window appears showing the assembly file structure for the file pau_tapedisp_dwg and indicates that there is one component named pau_tapedisp. This part contains the Master Model definition.

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Close the information window.

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Step 6 Examine the display.


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Choose InformationObject. Place the cursor over the solid body. When the cursor changes to the cross with the ellipsis (+...) select once. Pass the cursor over the numbers in the QuickPick window until the solid body is highlighted, then select it. Choose OK.

An information window appears with information regarding the solid, its owning part, and confirmation that it is a component.

Dismiss the information window.

Step 7 Retrieve the Master Model file.

Choose Open. Choose pau_tapedisp from the list box.

Step 8 Edit the expression for Roll_width to .75


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Choose ToolsExpression.

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Select the Roll_width expression.

Replace the .875 value with .75 and choose OK.

The opening for the tape roll changes in width to accommodate the modified dimension. Step 9 Edit the blend on the inside of the spool cavity.
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Choose EditFeatureParameters.

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Select the Blend(21) feature at the bottom of the list. Confirm the selection with OK.

In the Radius Dynamic Input Field, key in a new value of .06.

Choose OK. Choose OK.

Step 10 Change Displayed Part to pau_tapedisp_dwg.


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Choose Windowpau_tapedisp_dwg to change the Displayed Part.

Choose Drafting.

Notice the drawing name now shows (OUT-OF-DATE) to remind you the views are not updated.

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Step 11 Update the drawing.


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Choose DrawingUpdate Views. Choose All in the Update Views dialog box and choose OK.

Step 12 Zoom in on section A-A again to see the changes to the master model reflected on the drawing
Slot Width

Corner Radius

Step 13 Choose File"Close"All Parts.

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Activity 2 - Creating a Master Model Assembly


This activity will demonstrate creation of a Master Model Assembly. Step 1 Open the part file pau_seedpart_in. Step 2 Save the part as ***_dwg_1 where *** represent your initials. Step 3 Add the part pau_dwg_1 to the discipline specific assembly file.
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Check to see the Assemblies application is toggled on (Choose ApplicationAssemblies, if it is not on). Choose the Add Existing Component icon. Choose the Choose Part File button. Choose pau_dwg_1 from the parts directory, then OK. Change the Positioning option to Absolute. Choose BODY from the Reference Set pull down and choose OK. Press Reset in the Point Constructor dialog box, followed by OK to locate the part at Zero.

Step 4 Choose Save. Step 5 Choose File"Close"All Parts.

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SUMMARY

This Master Model approach offers many benefits to Unigraphics customers. If these two files were readprotected by different departments, distinct responsibilities would be enforced by the protection and yet all of the appropriate model data is shared by each of the departments concerned. Users can access whatever they want, whenever they want with full confidence that no data or revision work can be lost without active confirmation by the users.

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