AutoCAD Material List (BOM)
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Material List Pro automates the material list process, from creating attribute blocks, to attribute data extraction, to drawing material lists. With one click, MLP creates matching drawing and Excel material lists.
By controlling Excel worksheets and AutoCAD drawings Material List Pro uses attribute blocks and data extraction to make your data flow smoothly between these applications, resulting in a stable, highly-automated design and procurement process than increases the consistency and accuracy of your drawings.
Material List Pro saves time and enhances accuracy as you create estimates, attribute block part bubbles, drawing material lists, Excel reports, and Excel purchase orders.
Departments using Material List Pro share an Excel worksheet resulting in consistent material descriptions. The use of attribute blocks and data extraction means that important design data stays in the drawing where it belongs.
Material List Pro is designed primarily for companies that build "Engineered to Order" or ETO products. If each item that leaves your facility has a unique combination of materials and drawings, then AutoCAD attribute blocks and the AutoCAD data extraction process automated by Material List Pro save time and money during the design phase of each project.
Material List Pro creates part bubbles using AutoCAD block attributes containing values from an Excel worksheet. A typical part bubble includes attribute constants such as part number and description. Variable attributes, such as item number and quantity are also included. Part bubbles are created automatically and dynamically based upon user-defined settings.
The AutoCAD block definition used for the part bubbles can be customized. Custom calculations based upon the attribute values can also be performed. When a part bubble is inserted into a drawing, the user is prompted for the part bubble location and points that define the middle and end points of a leader line.
Material List Pro extracts data from AutoCAD attribute block part bubbles using a customized AutoCAD data extraction template. The extracted data is processed and used for material lists in the drawing and a matching Excel workbook. This process is executed with a single click.
Embedding AutoCAD attribute block part bubbles in blocks from a part library carries the automation process one step further. The AutoCAD block from the part library is listed in the part database. Inserting an AutoCAD block takes only three clicks. Using a part library with embedded AutoCAD attribute block part bubbles combines two steps of the drafting process into one and ensures consistency. video