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Working with Vendors
From his comment, brucebartlett got me thinking.
When I have completed a prototype design for a part (Machined, Die cast or Injection Molded), and am ready to present to OEM factories for quotes, I understand the contractor will review the design. I want to encourage him to make recommendations for improvement, draft angle requirements, manufacturability, etc. It seems the most efficient way for him to do this is right in the cloud part studio or on its associated drawing.
So I want to share an editable copy of a part studio from the document which has many part studios, so he can implement his suggestions into the design, and make comments on the drawing. He will need to be able to view the assembly the part is used in, so he can see how the part is used. Since I want to keep the other parts somewhat proprietary, I would want to show him only a .step representation of the other parts, not the full design, and maybe will make ‘block’ representations of the other parts instead of the .step versions of the real parts -I am open to suggestions on this.
I want to do this for multiple vendors, and for multiple parts.
I want to then incorporate these changes into my design master document without remaking the part. That means I will need to transfer the revised part studio back to the master document.
What I am imagining may be possible is to make a copy of my master document just for him. Instruct him to incorporate his suggestions, wait for my review and upon acceptance, I will make a version with a Part Number and a Revision Number which he will use to make his quote.
Then, for each vendor I have accepted quotes from, the winning vendor's versions for all the components (some are machined, off-the-shelf, die cast, injection molded, etc.) would be transferred to my master document for final inspection with all the revisions incorporated into the master assembly where they will be reviewed together before purchase orders are cut.
I could offer to the vendor that you “could now create another new branch for yourself to add the bit's you need for programming tool paths and download a step file to build the parts”, or other appropriate work as brucebartlett suggested. (Thanks, Bruce!)
I am just about to send my first big project (mass volume, only 6 parts to the assembly) out for quotes, so some practical suggestions would really be of help here.