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Adding non-geometry items to BOM's

Doug_JonesDoug_Jones Member Posts: 28 PRO
Just read through the "adding items to your designs" technical briefing.  Interested in adding non-geometry items to BOM's.  The new functionality works well for standard consumables like adhesives, lube, etc.  But looking for a way to handle product-specific documents like user manuals and packaging specs that a) have a file associated and b) would not be practical for a single admin to set up.  Does anyone have a workaround established for something like this?


  • Konstantin_ShKonstantin_Sh Member Posts: 22 PRO
    seems like items are not to be meant to cover such needs, not flexible enough. I'd use hidden dummy solid parts with properties you need
  • mlaflecheCADmlaflecheCAD Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 71
    edited September 2019
    @Doug_Jones From the BOM, you can associate a field like the description of the item to be a URL to link to the location of the document.  For example if I have a part from McMaster Carr and I want to associate a spec sheet, I can add the link to the PDF.  Or if it is a doc in Onshape a similar method can be taken.  Of course this still requires admin access to add items at the company level for users to access.

    Finally, the dummy part does not have to be a solid, it can be a surface model as well.

    Thanks for this topic, I have been interested in when folks would start asking about this.  Please create a ticket with a request for more capabilities on this.  I will do the same. :-)

    Mike LaFleche   @mlaflecheCAD
  • Doug_JonesDoug_Jones Member Posts: 28 PRO
    edited September 2019
    Thanks for the feedback, @mlaflecheCAD .  I spoke with @Tim_Fries about this a couple months back and he provided similar advice.  I added a request here:
    Thanks again,
  • lougallolougallo Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,786
    It’s on our list to add blob tabs as items. 
    Lou Gallo / PD/UX - Support - Community / Onshape, Inc.
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