I’ve a project for a complex wood working piece where the component needs to be used in an architectural drawing as well. I need detailed construction drawings for the piece and I’m manually creating a cut drawing.
To create the construction documents, I’ve introduced dozens of layer which makes a mess of the architectural drawing. So I’ve created a base component file with everything on one layer. Nice for the architectural drawings. I then import the component into a construction drawing where I then add layers and cross sections. I’ve run into a couple of snags.
To assist with the construction drawings, I’ve copied some of the sub components to the side. However, if I make a change to the master component file, these changes to not propagate to these instances of the sub component. If I re-load the sub component instance, then I replace the subcomponent with the entire parent component. I could create component files for each sub component, but at the end this would be a file for every piece of wood, ridiculous and un-manageable.
The second snag, which is related, is that to create a cut diagram, I’ve exploded the top level components down to individual components representing each piece of wood. But again, if I update the master drawing, these subcomponents are not being updated.