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A build materials is a shopping list for the items that make up an assembly. Many times this list is made up of the parts that you or members of your team design. Parts from outside vendors, downloads, or hardware. Keeping track of all these parts and part numbers can be a big job. To get started let's go ahead and open 20.2 assembly drawing, and click on the isometric view here. Go up to Insert > Tables > Excel-based Build Materials. Go ahead and click on default template and click on Open. I want to click on Show Parts Only and click OK.
And that's going to go ahead and behind the scenes use Excel to generate a build materials table. Notice it places it up here in the upper left-hand corner. If you right-click on that, come down to Anchor and click on Unlock from Anchor then you can drag this anywhere you want in your design. Notice I have a few different items here, but they don't all have descriptions. This is a great time to go back and add those descriptions, and also make sure that your part numbers are correct. In this case here, I'm going to take a look at a few other items. This side plate here I know it doesn't have a description, so if I right click on it, I can click on the very top here, and I can say Open Part.
Soon as I open that up I come up to Custom Properties and I click on Description. Notice, I have the option to change all these custom properties if I wanted to. Click on Description, come over here. And I'll go ahead and type in side plate, OK. And go ahead and click on Save. And when I come back to the drawing. Notice my build material has now been updated with the side plate description. You can now go back individually to each part and add the descriptions so your build material will be filled out correctly. Working with the build materials and the various parts can be a big job. My suggestion is to make a drawing of your assembly and insert a build materials sooner than later.
That way you can see what is listed and adjust on the fly versus waiting until the design is complete before trying to get started on this.
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