Optioned material is applied to the 3D graphic based on the CAD file layer
How To Assign Materials to DWG Layers
|Option Based Image
|Small JPG used to display a graphical option such as grommet, handle, pull, foot type, edge style, etc.
|Option Based Material
|Small JPG or PNG used to show material such as an option swatch
|Layer Mapping for Option Material
|Name of 3D layers have listed option applied to 3D object in part preview
Step 1: Determine Layer Names
AutoCAD is most commonly used to identify the layer names. If you do not have access to AutoCAD, Spec can be used to determine the layers.
To do this, follow these steps:
- Add a part to the Part Number column
- Press the F2 to open the Part Specifier
- Right click on the Part Preview image
- Select Layers to view the layer names
Need help naming layers? Check out our recommended Sample Layer Standards article for examples.
Step 2: Determine Which Layers Require Materials
The LA columns are used to cross-reference which material is applied to a layer. Here your objective is to assign the layer any option that may be selected by the user. This includes multiple Grade options.
In this example, part number PNL-2460 has the following layers affected by the Paint Grade selection:
If the user selects the G1-P Platinum option, the image file for that material will only be applied to the the LA column layers associate with the specific part number DWG file.
Step 3: Add Layer Names to Spreadsheet
Use these requirements while setting up the LA columns:
- Each layer name requires it's own column
- Number of columns does not matter
- Only add layer names to the top row of each option group
Example of Do's and Don'ts
Notice how there are additional layer names in the same row but are not part of the PLN-2460 panel. This means that the material can also be applied to another part number.
The spreadsheet is used to guide the system in applying each swatch to its respective layer. Notice how the ON_MAT column draws the data from the swatch folder you've supplied.
Ensuring the names perfectly match is of utmost importance, as even a slight spelling error can lead to the material malfunctioning.
The ON_MAT column supports the image used as the material to apply to the DWG layers
Step 4: Email Us
Please submit the completed spreadsheet along with ON_IM and ON_MAT folders to email@example.com for review and publication testing. We'll notify you of any updates or changes required.