AutoInterface is CadActive’s tool for automatically properly publishing and copying component geometry into an assembly skeleton.  It allows large numbers of copy geometry features to be created at once without generating troublesome external references.


Designations

Components designations are critical to the use of AutoInterface to build automated copy geometry features. Component designations are applied prior to using AutoInterface. To modify the designations, please visit our documentation on the Configuring AutoDesignation page. 


Using AutoInterface

The active assembly must include a “source” sub-assembly which contains the component(s) with relevant geometry to be copied. In this example, SHELF_1_EQUIP will serve as the source sub-assembly of the active assembly.

In SHELF_1_EQUIP, all the components have published geometry features which are intended to be copied. Some of the BOX1 component’s published geometry is highlighted in the picture below. This geometry was published with the Publisher for AutoInterface. Also, note that the components in the assembly have been assigned reference designators. 


Also, the active assembly must contain somewhere in its hierarchy a “output” skeleton which will receive the copied geometry from the source sub-assembly components. RF_CABINET_CABLING_SKEL.PRT will serve as the output skeleton in this example.

Both modules of AutoInterface, the Copier and the Publisher can be accessed by selecting the icon on the CadActive tab on the ribbon. The active model must be an assembly in order for the icon to be visible.


Settings

Before an organization begins using either the Publisher or Copier of AutoInterface, we recommend going to our web-application and make sure the settings are best aligned with your standards. There are three settings you can configure.


The organizational settings for your automatically-created datums, Publish Geometry, Copy Geometry, and delimiters can also be customized in our web-application.