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2 Responses

  1. agates
    October 31, 2012 at 9:04 am | | Reply

    Hi Tom,

    In the meantime, let me answer the questions you posed below:

    “An example would be feature 100 has 10 feature dimensions (i.e. Balloons with IDs 100.01, 100.02, 100.03, etc). Does your application support these types of balloons?”

    Answer: Absolutely. InspectionXpert has a feature called “Group” that will group multiple balloons together and create sub-balloons (such as 100.1, 100.2, 100.3, etc.) There are a couple of ways you might Group balloons.

    1) Hole Callout – In one example you may have hole callout with multiple items such as a counterbore, depth, thread, GDT, etc. Each item in the hole callout would be extracted and ballooned with InspectionXpert. Then you could select all items and group them so each item is sub-ballooned, clearly identifying each item as part of an entire feature (Hole Callout).

    To group balloons, you either multi-select the rows for the Hole Callout in the Table Manager or use your selection tool to select all the balloons for the Hole Callout, then right click on the selected rows in the Table Manager and select “Group”.

    Example after ballooning, but before Group:

    Hole Callout after Group balloons:

    2) Another way you can Group balloons is if you have an item with a quantity greater than “1”. For this case you can copy and paste the item to create new balloons, then Group them. In our upcoming release a simple button click will create multiple rows in your report and a single balloon.
    Balloon an item with multiple quantity:

    Copy and Paste “Balloon and Characteristic”, then Group:

    I hope this helps and please feel free to contact us with any questions.

    -CAPINC and InspectionXpert

  2. Thomas Shuga
    Thomas Shuga
    October 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm | | Reply

    Our company is currently a SolidWorks user. I don’t think we use Inspection expert. We do a lot of ballooning for Aerospace and Defense, complex fuel bodies on PDF drawings. Often, the customer applies feature IDs themselves to specific features (or groups of features). Our Engineers apply balloons to the balance of features. Our Quality people apply balloons to all dimensioning.

    Because fuel bodies have feature groups which contain mulitple inspection values, the ballooning of such features begins with a base feature ID followed by a serial identifier. An example would be feature 100 has 10 feature dimensions (i.e. Balloons with IDs 100.01, 100.02, 100.03, etc). Does your application support these types of balloons?


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