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what is a "layout"

what is a "layout"

what is a "layout"

Has the definition of layout changed with the use of 3D CAD?

I used to make layouts all the time on a drawing board. Design layouts and checking layouts.

Our CAD standards team is writing a 3D Standard and they are using the term "layout" to mean a "collection of parts." Using the term this way doesn't make sense to me.   

RE: what is a "layout"

I don't believe there is a standard definition of the term "layout".

Most people use "assemble" or "assembly" when referring to grouping 3D parts, but I don't see anything wrong with using "layout" to describe that function.

Many people use sketch or skeleton layouts as a basis for creating 3D assemblies, so it does have merit.

RE: what is a "layout"

ASME Y14.26 (I think that's the one) may have a definition for layout as regards drawing.  However, that may not apply to 3D models.

I'd be careful with that proposed definition.  As CBL mentions some people put 2D sketches into 3D models to act as 'layouts' to aid in system level design when all the major sub assemblies are still in work.  In fact my CAD package introduced some tools related to this a few versions ago to support top down design.

So, I'd keep layout to probably mean 2D, even if applied as a sketch in a 3D model.

I've heard the top level model called a 'master model' before.

Or something like that.

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RE: what is a "layout"

haha... or as they say here, "supermodels."

when was the last time an engineer got close to a supermodel?

RE: what is a "layout"

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