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Part Configurations in Assemblies

Question asked by Roy Potter on Aug 11, 2008
Latest reply on Aug 13, 2008 by Jeff Hallgren
This may have been covered but I'm trying to consolidate an answer.
I often have parts which are configured and all the configurations appear in the assembly. eg Glass panels, Beams with different lengths.
The main reason for doing it this way is that when producing the drawings they can either be tabulated drawings using the design table or a simple case of changing the reference in the drawing views.

The problem that seems to arise is that of performance within the assembly - massive rebuild times.

is it better to have individual part files?

if so is there a way of producing the drawings quickly? the whole idea of all this 3d cad is that more time is spent on design and the drawings should take care of themselves ie. not having to do all the work again to produce the drawing. (a bit simplistic)

NX4 uses a system of a part family with a file that has all the configs in but the parts are (can be) saved as individual files - would this be a better system?