How to Create a Cut List in Drawings

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This is the last blog of our Level 300 series about Autodesk Inventor Bill of Materials. In this blog, we will talk about Creating a Cut List in Drawings, which helps you easily create an associative cut list for cut length components.

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How to Make a Cut List in Drawings

With the quantity capabilities of BOM, an associative cut list for cut length components can be created for drawings.  Steps for creating a sample cut list are outlined below.  In this example, we are assuming each cut length item has a unique part number as well as a common stock number to represent the stock.  If a common stock number is used, substitute stock number for part number when setting up the Part List style (see BOM 201b).

Note:  An example of a cut list can be found in the Inventor sample files installed with Inventor.  It is in the Test Station Assembly samples.

Make a Part List Style for a Cut List

  1. In a drawing, choose Manage>Styles Editor…  Choose a Parts List style
  2. Right click the style and select New Style.  Name the Style “Cut List”
  3. In the Heading and Table settings, change the Title to Cut List
  4. Choose Column Chooser from the Default Columns Settings
  5. Add the following columns and select OK, change the Column name to match the names in quotes.
    1. Item                                   “Item”
    2. Stock Number                  “Stock Number”
    3. Part Number                    “Part Number”
    4. Base Unit                          “UOM”
    5. Item QTY                           “# of Items
    6. Unit QTY                           “Length”
    7. QTY                                    “Total QTY”
  6. Select Grouping from the Default Columns Settings.
  7. In the Group Settings dialog, turn Group on, set the First Key to Stock Number, and turn on Display Group Participants
  8. Save the Style and exit the Style Editor.

Create the Cut List

Now that the Cut List formatted Part List style is ready, the cut list can be generated.

  1. Create a view of the assembly and create a parts list for it.
  2. Select the part list and apply the “Cut List” style to it
  3. Right click and Edit the Part List
  4. Sort the Part List by Stock Number and then by Part Number
  5. Select all components that are not cut length items, Right click and turn off their visibility.
  6. Select OK to finish creating the Cut List.

Summary

Using the quantity document settings for components, along with Grouping in Parts Lists, cut lists with summary rows of total stock required can be created for drawing documentation.  The cut list will be updated as the design changes and lengths of cut length items change.

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