Autodesk Vault integration procedure at file meta-data level

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To prepare for data transfer, the following steps have to be taken in Woodwork for Inventor and Autodesk Vault systems:


hmtoggle_plus11. Decide, what type of data generated by W4I should be shown in file metadata in Autodesk Vault system


Let us assume that we want to see the following characteristics generated by Woodwork for Inventor in file meta-data:


1.Length - length of part of a piece of furniture.
2.Width - width of part of a piece of furniture.
3.Thickness - thickness of part of a piece of furniture.
4.Material Code - material code.
5.Color Code - color code of the material.



hmtoggle_plus12. Configure automatic transfer of the selected W4I data to Custom iProperties fields


Open any Woodwork for Inventor assembly and configure the default Custom iProperties fields.


Woodwork Design -> Design Settings


Custom iProperties

Custom iProperties



Select Custom iProperties fields, for which values generated by Woodwork for Inventor BOM generator are recorded. Values are assigned by indicating keywords used in Woodwork for Inventor BOM generator. For more information on keywords, click here. Before closing the dialog box, be sure to select Write BOM data to mapped iProperties on a BOM close option.


To check, whether correct keywords have been indicated, open Woodwork for Inventor BOM generator. When BOM is completed, close BOM generator. Now, when you open any part, you should be able to view values entered in the specified Custom iProperties fields.



hmtoggle_plus13. Create additional property fields in Autodesk Vault system


To do this, you must have administrator rights.


From the pull-down menu, go to the administration window of additional property fields:


Tools -> Administration -> Vault settings -> Behaviors -> Edit and Mange Properties -> Properties



Vault Edit Properties Window



Click "New" and create new meta-data, i.e. Property, field.



Vault new property creation



Specify the necessary parameters of the new property field:


Name: name of the property field.
Type: type of property, which depends on the type of property to be taken from Custom iProperties field. It can be a piece of text or a number.
Associations: specifying Autodesk Vault-type information, with which this property can be used in meta-data. Property newly created in Autodesk Vault Professional system can be associated with files, BOM items or project catalog. In our case, new property needs to be associated with a file.



hmtoggle_plus14. Map Autodesk Vault property fields with the appropriate Custom iProperties fields


For these data to be transferred from Custom iProperties field to the appropriate Autodesk Vault property field, it is necessary to perform Mapping. Mapping is performed in the same window, in which the relevant Autodesk Vault property was created; simply go to Mapping tab. Mapping can also be performed later, when editing the description of custom field.



Vault Property Mapping



Detailed description of property mapping between Autodesk Vault system Properties and Custom iProperties file is given in the Help system of Autodesk Vault. In our case, it is necessary to indicate that Provider of the property being mapped will be Autodesk Inventor program file. Then, it is necessary to read the value of specified Custom iProperty field from the file. Be sure to indicate that the direction of data flow is from Autodesk Inventor file to the configured property.



Now, the system is prepared for work and every time, when parts are added to Autodesk Vault, data of the specified Custom iProperties fields will be automatically transferred from the file to Autodesk Vault meta-data card. The user is free to configure the browser view of Autodesk Vault, i.e. perform View Customization, and view the desired information on the screen.