Unlocking the Potential of Advance Steel: A Guide to Generating Basic Bills of Materials


Advance Steel boasts an impressive array of features, making it an unparalleled tool for structural steel modeling and drafting. Among its standout capabilities is the automatic creation of shop drawings, a feature that can significantly streamline the drafting process once properly configured.

In this guide, we’ll delve into the process of generating a basic Bill of Materials (BOM) with assigned masses, a crucial step in steel fabrication projects.

Navigate to the Documents section on the Home tab ribbon of Advance Steel. Click on the “BOM Templates” button within the Documents section. In the BOM Templates panel, navigate to the Part list and select the Material list option.

Upon selecting the Material list option, you may encounter a warning prompt. Click on Cancel and proceed with the following: Click on the “Numbering” button located to the left of the Document Manager button. In the Numbering window, adjust the numbering convention as needed. It’s recommended to enable both the “Process single parts” and “Process assemblies” options. Click on “Apply” and then “OK” to update the part and assembly numbers.

After configuring numbering, close the Numbering panel and revisit the BOM Templates workflow as discussed earlier. The specific Bill of Materials will now display, complete with assigned masses.

In conclusion, generating a basic Bill of Materials with Advance Steel can seem daunting at first, but mastering this process unlocks immense time-saving benefits. By following these steps and understanding the intricacies of Advance Steel’s features, users can streamline their workflow and enhance project efficiency.

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