Symbol Companion Material

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mtong
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Symbol Companion Material
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2014

Under the Symbol DBX within the Softlist tab , one can enter companion materials and they will list to the report with the symbol. Adding companion materials is straight forward, it just creates a new material def in the def list. But how do you edit this list after the fact, to change , delete or add a mat def's already created and listed. In other words is there any inst. on using this feature. Could not find anything.

Bill Wimberley
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Right Click

The easiest way is to just right click on the name of the companion material and select Edit Material.

You can also find the companion material within the Material Definition that is shown on the SoftList tab. So for instance if the SoftList Tab lists Standard Detailed as the Default Material Definition for that symbol you can find the companion material within the Standard Detailed material definition by going to Model--> Material List--> SoftList Configuration--> Material Definitions. Select the appropriate material definition and then click on Configure Materials. Down at the bottom left of the definition dialog is a search box you can use to locate the name of the material.

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mtong
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Thanks Bill:

Thanks Bill:

BUT assume the companion DBX is blank and you want to add a mat. that is already listed in the material table? If I try to enter an existing material via advanced, it tries to create a new material. If I just type in the name of the existing mat -- nothing happens?

 

Bill Wimberley
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Companion Material

Companion Materials are specific to each symbol. You can add numerous companion materials to each symbol but you can't share them with other symbols. You can even use the same name with multiple symbols but a new material is inserted into the material definition each time you add a companion material.

mtong
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Sooooo- If I have 5 different

Sooooo- If I have 5 different sinks in my plan (different symbols), all using the same faucets, I have to create five different mat listings of faucets with the same name?

 

Also, I assume if I make a mistake and accidently delete a companion material, the only way to get it back is to delete the mat listing entry and recreate?

Bill Wimberley
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Yep

Yep. Companion materials are good for helping you add things to the material list whenever you add something else to the plan but they are not all that flexible. Of course you could always drop in your faucet symbols in some out of the way place on the drawing that won't be printed. Then the materials list will pick them up.

You might look at using Price Options rather than companion materials. With Price Options you could for example create selections for several different faucets for each sink. Then when you add the sink to the plan edit the sink and go to the Selections tab and select the faucet you want to go with that particular sink.

For instance you might edit your sink symbol and switch to the Selections tab. Click on Edit Price Options. Click Add Option. Enter the name for the selection, something like Delta 1234. Add a sequence number, almost all of the time this will be the same sequence number as the symbol unless you want options to show up somewhere else in the list. And give it a description, something like Corner sink with Delta 1234 Faucet. Repeat for each faucet selection you want to add to the selection list.

When you generate the materials list you will see sink corner as the material with the description and pricing from the option you selected. This gives you the ability to do things like use the same lavatory sink in numerous bathrooms and choose a different faucet for each one.

mtong
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Got It -- Thanks Bill

Got It -- Thanks Bill

 

For now I think the price option is the route to go. I could just use the comment field of the option to identify.

 

This whole thing was starting to hurt my head.