I have an older assembly I am trying to change at my company.
I am getting an error I have not seen before regarding a part within this assembly.
Right click on the part and select List External References - Now you can break those links, but I wouldn't unless you specifically know where the part is being used. If you do the wrong thing here you'll end up with a huge mess. Just make sure your backups are saved where you can do a restore.
For me - I would open up the part in the dialog box reference and update the part from there, that feature is an awesome safety valve and it does avert huge mistakes...
If you're changing the part then you'll need a revision update, not??
As far as I remember, it means around about what it says. Someone used top down design to make that part in another assembly, and solidworks doesn't really like things having references to two different assemblies. If you really need to make changes to it in context of the new assembly you can break the relations or somesuch.
I need to add some dimensions that relate between this part and another part in the assembly.
Is there anyway of doing this?
try enabling this option,
tools> options> system options> external references> allow multiple contexts for parts when editing in assembly
I have followed your instructions.
That box was already ticked.
I still cannot add dimensions to the sketch.
Any more ideas on this issue?
you will need to find and remove the reference(s) to the other assembly.
Sorry to be a nuisance,
How does one do that? The sketch relations? or are you talking about something different?
it could be sketch relations, sketch dimensions, sketch plane(s), extrude end conditions, and a few other things. it is a treasure hunt every time. but as with any good treasure hunt, there are clues. look through the feature tree for features and sketches with -> after the name. this indicates that there is something in that item that references something outside of the file.
I know this part is only being used in this assembly so I know its ok to break the references.
Thanks a lot for your help!
Open your part. Feature with a reference has mark: ->
Right click on it and you have an opportunity to deal with your references on particular sketch.
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