Well, my model is nearing (drawing) completion with 58 components and 28 scenes and probably just as many layers. I had to create this seeming complexity in order to get individual drawing of parts and subassemblies in order to have drawings to take to the shop.
I followed Dave's suggestion and took screen captures of each scene (thus each part or subassembly) and saved those to disk. I have PagePlus11, a desktop publishing program from Serif, which has the nice capability of exporting full PDFs, so I put each screen capture on a separate page (some smaller ones two to a page) and exported all to pdf. This makes a nice printed package.
I would love to share both the model and the pdf for those who are curious, but both exceed the file size limits here on the forum. I have a dormant website which would have to be updated and setup for viewing, so perhaps I will do that if there is any expressed interest.
Now the question: I want to use the ruby script called CutList Generator SU5 to see if I can see how much material to buy for the job. I have three materials: oak ply, oak, and poplar. Assigning materials to all of the various views and scenes has been hard and inconsistent.
I actually revealed all layers, highlighted everything, and got an Excel printout of the lot---but there are multiples so it is still confusing.
Sorry for the long post (at least I am trying to share an approach to getting a "design package" suitable for shop drawings). Are there any folks who can comment on this approach and suggest an efficient way to get material differentiation into the design process?
Thanks for any comments (from anyone still around)....
PS: If anyone is interested, I would be glad to summarize my observations and learnings from this process. I have over 24 hours of time in creating this full model and pdf design package. ..... Anyone?