When I copy and paste an actor, the new actor appears to be physically linked to the original actor. The original actor moves when I attempt to move the copy. How do I segregate or unlink the new actor from the original actor?
This is created by the way you copy and paste. Make sure you are pasting in a top level part / assembly so it doesn't link. Composer lets you copy a copy which will give you the link effect when the copy is pasted within the copy. Hope that isn't to confusing. Just try the copy and paste a few different ways within the tree and you will see what I mean.
I haven't intentionally created a selection set. Is it possible I could have without knowing? I only select one of the actors at a time. I'm trying to move the actor with Free Drag or Translate. For reference, I'm working with Composer 2015.
Okay, how do I do that?
OK, it is the way you paste. The first image below you can see how I copied a part and pasted it within the same part. This will give you the link effect. The second image you can see I just pasted in the top level this gives me no link. Notice you will see no + / - marks in the second shot. This mean my copy was placed at the top level and therefore has no link. I would also rename it to the original part name once finished but that's a preference not a requirement. You should also never place more than one copy in a copy or this will link too. I always paste top level just to be safe. I am sure there is a purpose for being able to do this but I have no use for its function.
Okay. Now, how do I paste in the top level?
If you see in my screenshots above "Part 2" in bold at the very top would be the top level. Select that part and rmp and select paste. This should give you what you see in the right screenshot (but with your part name obviously). If there are any +/- marks besides the one by the top level you may not have pasted in the top level but into another part in your tree. Now you may have +/- marks from your file that was originally brought in from your CAD software but those are fine. Just make sure your copy is its own entity and not pasted into another part.
Are you aware of any instruction manual that provides information for doing this?
The only manual i know of is the one that was given to me during the training class.I can't seem to find a clearer explanation even in that though. If you are fairly new to Composer I would recommend using it for a month or so making notes of any problems you run into and then taking the class and asking those questions. That seemed to steer me in the right direction. There are not as many users of this software so its harder to find information than for just Solidworks.
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