1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 16, 2016 5:33 PM by Eric Blankinship

    Automatically moving library parts to project folder

    Samuel Leith

      Hi Folks,

      I use and continuously build design libraries that contain purchased parts I use most often on projects (hardware, electrical, pneumatic, etc etc).

      From bad experience I don't use the toolbox and instead choose to use my own design library, which has worked perfectly well for me so far.


      The number of projects obviously keeps increasing over time.  The way I've organized my files, project folders contain EVERYTHING related to a project, from quote to 3D to drawings to engineering documents, pictures, test results, user manuals, purchases, invoices etc etc.

      Literally the only thing that is relevant to the project that is not in the project folder are all library components.


      Would there be a way for me to automatically move the library components to the project folder when they are used in that specific project?

      Essentially instead of references linking to my design library, I would want the reference to link to a location within the project folder.


      I know pack-and-go seems to do what I am describing, but not quite (I am only talking about design libraries, not entire projects). I want my design library to simply be a source for common 3D parts that I used, but when I drag and drop one in my design, I want it to save a copy to the project folder. This way the project folder truly contains everything related to the project. I can modify parts in the design library for future use, without affecting the instances when it was used in the past.


      Thanks for your help.

        • Re: Automatically moving library parts to project folder
          Eric Blankinship

          If you want to save off a copy of the part you can instead of inserting from the library open the part and go to file save as.  Then hit save as copy and select the project folder.  Now instead of inserting the part in from the library use the standard insert component inside your assembly.  If it's a feature inside a part instead of assembly same deal just use the insert>part and then use Move/Copy Body and Combine.  Also for reference incase the part in your library is an assembly and you need to save of all sub-components of the library part you can hit references and then check the box for "save all as copies"