how can I mirror a feature and delete original? (right/left)
Can you attach the file here?
My first thought is Delete and Patch, but there might be easier way.
Hum, that's an interesting request because there is not way to do it easily; reason being is because the mirror is dependent on the feature being mirrored. If you are mirroring a body, then you can create a "Delete Body" feature after your mirror, but if it is truly mirroring a feature which assumes that you are mirroring geometry in a single body, there is not way to do it other that perhaps using "Delete Face" to delete the original features faces from the body - but that isn't going to work for all cases.
I do this for mirrored parts as well.
Roland, try using mirrored part, it does a much cleaner job than mirroring then deleting a part. This method might also work for Greg if the feature is a separate body which can later be joined.
Depends on what you're after. If you want a single configured part file, then my/Mark's way is better. If you want to split into two files, than mirror part is fine.
In the environment I work in, one less file to track is better. Also better to be able to check mirrored part without hunting for it.
RMB on Mirror Feature in Assembly and Dissolve Mirrored Component Peature.
After that you can delete original part.
I understand your concern (been there done that). However, there is a way to use the mirror part feature without creating a new part but I do not guarantee it works for all models.
I was looking for a way to do this, too, because when you mirror a sketch entity there is a checkbox to keep original. If you uncheck it you have the mirrored portion and just have to reestablish location dimensions.
I have the same 'issue' : I have an extrusion profile (for a door) that has all kinds of features added depending on position and function of the part in question.
The different parts are configurations of the base part (extrusion profile), governed by a design table.
The problem is that the 'Delete Base' refers to a body with features. But this changes as the mirror is at the end of the feature tree. At the rebuild I get errors at certain configurations and need to check the 'Delete Base' feature for the individual configurations. With a few configurations this is not a problem but if I make all possibilities in the design table I end up with more than 200 configurations. And I don't want to check them individually.
The 'Mirror Part' is not an option because I get too many parts to mirror individually.
Has anybody faced the same issue and found a working system that rebuilds ok?
Autodesk Inventor has the option to delete the base in the mirror function so it is not impossible...only not (yet) in SW.
No example file attached?
Sorry, I can't share the original file (security) and don't have a dummy
I'm afraid I'm not exactly following what you're doing, but assuming you're mirroring a body, have you considered using the Delete Body tool? It can be suppressed in configurations as desired.
The feature tree looks like this:
The mirror + Delete Base are at the end so I can mirror all features above.
It works but it is buggy: Sometimes I need to re-select the body in the Delete Base feature when adding new features.
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