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Mastering Autodesk® Inventor® 2012 and Autodesk® Inventor LT™ 2012 by Curtis Waguespack

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Generating a Bill of Materials and Parts List

Once a weldment design is done, you typically need to generate a bill of materials (BOM) and a parts list. Also, you'll want to customize the BOM to represent a weldment.

You can automatically generate and maintain a consistent bill of materials across welded assemblies, drawings, and presentations. Components that are deemed “inseparable” are assemblies that cannot be taken apart without doing damage to one or more of their components, typically weldments. Manufacturing processes treat inseparable assemblies like purchased components and they are represented as a single line item.

Inseparable components also have the following two characteristics:

  • Some child components are considered part of the ...

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