LDCad 1.5 progress / opinions req

Re: LDCad 1.5 progress / opinions req
Hi Roland,

Can you give a status/prospect of LDCad's support for saving a template as a part (.dat) - as it already supports saving as an inline and stand alone submodel (.ldr).

This capability is especially useful for LPub3D's ability to automatically treat complex user-defined parts.

Let's take a shock absorber for example. When creating instructions with such a part, it is desirable to treat the absorber as a single part so it can be efficiently and automatically managed in the PLI/BOM.

As a submodel, the part components will be displayed requiring some advanced manipulation to "transform" into a single BOM/PLI part. Another good example is 8870 LEGO® Power Functions Light.

I am working on a part substitution framework for LPub3D that will allow substitution of the modeled part with a different representation. The light example would benefit from this functionality where instead of having the show the actual modeled part which would take the form as installed in the model, a substitute "shortcut" or catalog representation would be used in the PLI/BOM. I believe the ability to save LDCad templates as parts would be complementary to this new capability as well as the overall ability to produce complex CAI overall.

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Re: LDCad 1.5 progress / opinions req - by Trevor Sandy - 2015-10-10, 12:41

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