This came up from a client today, they were looking for a method to export their handrailing tubes from Advance Steel into a Sat file format, so that it could be loaded into their laser profiling software.

The Graitec PowerPack for Advance Steel has this really cool tool that you can select Advance Steel objects and explode them to ACIS solids (*.sat) files, to import into other platforms.

The question was: could we control the file name for the exported file? I was given a sample format as below, so went out and did some testing.

F21_3_hss1.5X1.5X.1875.sat (F21 = Current file name and part number, _ = (separator), 11 = part quantity, _ = (separator), hss1.5X1.5X.1875 = material description)

I found that there is a field in the export dialog box which can be populated via a series of available Autodesk Advance Steel tokens to form the stringer required.

advance steel acis sat export dialog box

In the file name, we could add things like the single part number, the quantity and also the profile name. Normal text entries were combines with these variables to form the string required by the laser profiling software.

advance steel acis sat export dialog box name tokens

Selected tokens for this request combined with text entries to form the required file name.

Here is how the file name would look like for this example:

advance steel acis sat export dialog box name sample

Part No F1000, Separator “_”, Quantity required 1, Separator “_”, profile name CHS114x3x3.6

Now, we can re-import the Sat file, which would look like this:

advance steel acis sat export import laser profiling

Here is a short video of how was this done, step-by-step:

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