The structure of the reused project can be multi-layered. In the case of manual copying, the designer needs a lot of attention and time to make sure he does not miss any important components that are deep within the assembly and to maintain proper links between the files. With Copy Design this is no longer an issue. To copy existing designs, all you have to do is select a top-level file and Vault takes care of all the linked files and gives you the choice. You can copy all or part of them, reuse, exclude or replace them with other files. It is also available to add files for copying on the fly, should the need arise. If you need to replace one component with another, all references are retained, and the geometry of the model is rebuilt as correctly as possible. And the tool allows you to copy both 3D projects (Autodesk Inventor) as well as 2D projects (e.g. AutoCAD). For 2D projects, it is relevant to maintain the structure of the product if an external reference palette was used in the design.
Useful tool Copy Design in Autodesk Vault
The design of a new product often involves the use of the work of previous projects. This approach can be driven either by the desire to reduce development time when parts are sufficiently similar or do not need to be modified for the new project at all, or by the desire to unify designs. In any case, this practice is extremely beneficial to optimize the design process and avoid errors in the project documentation. One of Autodesk Vault's tools, Copy Design, is designed to handle the task of reusing designs. It provides extensive functionality and enables you to copy exactly the way you want.
In addition, the user is given the choice of the edition of the copied objects, if the latter does not meet the needs or is not suitable for copying. This flexibility in copying settings provides a ready base for a new design, without the need for separate modification due to, for example, nomenclature that is no longer in use in the company. When selecting the location of the copied files, a folder structure can be created directly from the copy tool and the path to the destination folder can be specified for each of the copied files. It is not necessary to specify a single path for all the files to be copied. If necessary, files can be distributed in different folders of the project structure.
Another feature of Copy Design is the use of configured numbering schemes in Autodesk Vault when copying projects. This allows you to name files according to company standards right during the copy process, so you never have to repeat the process again. The functionality provides for addition of suffix and prefix to named objects.
As for attributes of copied files, you can configure sets of property rules, and the system will understand which attributes to keep, which to change, and which to clear.
This is a very useful feature, helping to prevent confusion over metadata when you reuse your design work.
An additional convenience of the Copy Design tool is the ability to save the list of copied objects as an .xls table containing the same columns of information that were used in the copy tool interface and were meaningful to the designer.
As a result of copying objects for reuse with the Copy Design tool, you will get a finished product structure with composition, the correct names of the copied files, the correct set of attributive information and, of course, you will save a lot of time for really important tasks.