Tutorial: How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

AGAM provides complimentary assistance with designing and engineering customer’s ideas using the AGAM System. Equipped with AutoCAD and Solidworks, AGAM designers are able to quickly produce rendered versions of their drawings. For customers that prefer to render their own drawings, below is the process AGAM uses to extract data in AutoCAD to generate a parts count.

Generating a Parts Count in AutoCAD at AGAM

The best way to keep track of parts is to use layers. You can either create layers before beginning your drawing, add them as you go, or even at the end. Here is how we do it at AGAM:

First, make a layer for each object of similar type and length. AGAM designers usually name the layers by extrusion and length in millimeters (ie: PH 1005_954mm). Color-coding your layers and objects is another method that would work as well. In the drawing below, the designer labeled their layers by length only.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Once your drawing is complete and you’re ready to do a parts count, select “Data Extraction” from the “Tools” menu.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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You will need to create a new data extraction template for the first time. Save the template so you can use it again later and select next.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Select “Drawing/Sheet Set” and “Current Drawing” as your data source and click next.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Page three is a list of the objects in your drawing. The only objects AGAM need for the parts count are 3D Solids. Be sure to select “3D Solid,” and then hit next.s

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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You will now see a list of the data for your 3D objects. The only property necessary for a parts count is “Layers,” select this and click next.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Page five is a preview of the table.  The layers and parts count should be clearly identified. If not, make sure “Combine Identical Rows” and “Show Count Column” are selected.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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You can insert your table into the drawing. If you change the drawing after you made the table, simply update it by right clicking on the table.

A parts count is just one of the many advantages of using a data table. At AGAM, we suggest experimenting to find out other features. Remember, your parts count is only as accurate as your drawing. It’s an easy mistake to have copies of objects, and objects on wrong layers.

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As innovative designers at AGAM, we are constantly creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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  1. December 2nd, 2014

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