Registering Drawings and Mapping Attributes to a Drawing Title Block

In this lesson, we look at the different ways in which a drawing can be registered into Upchain. We’ll also explore how drawing codes can be used to map data to a drawing title block.

Registering drawings

In this video, we look at the different ways in which a drawing can be registered into Upchain. Since the drawing is often the key document with which many other stakeholders work, it is important to know how to register drawings to Upchain.

Key takeaways

  1. Drawings are a key document to have for your items since this is often what other users work off of to complete their tasks.
  2. You can register a drawing into Upchain in one of three ways:
    • At the same time the model is registered
    • After an item already contains a registered model
    • To multiple items within an assembly at once
  3. In general, for drawings to be registered properly:
    • The drawing should have the same name as its model, excluding its extension (eg. part1.ipt and part1.idw would be registered together).
    • The drawing should be located in the same folder as its associated model on your local computer.
    • The drawing must reference its model.

Adding attributes to a drawing

In this video, we’ll show you how you can insert special codes into your drawings that will be converted into their corresponding item attributes, revision information, and additional data when released.

Please note that in order for Upchain to write attributes to the drawing title block, the tenant properties "drawing.create.dwg" and "drawing.create.pdf" must be enabled within your organization's Upchain tenant. 

Contact your Upchain Administrator for more information.

Key takeaways

  1. You can use drawing codes to include data on a drawing title and/or revision block, including:
    • Item attributes
    • Data not written to the CAD files such as approval names and dates, and a revision history of the previous three revisions
      This allows other users to find this information just by viewing the drawing.
  2. The drawing codes are converted to their associated values when the item is released, and only appear on the DWG and PDF translations, not the native drawing file.