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Is there a best way to convert a part file, but keep its configurations and custom properties?

Question asked by Christal Keel on Sep 12, 2008
Latest reply on Sep 16, 2008 by Casey Gorman
My company is trying to lighten some extremely heavy assemblies. We're looking at two options:
1. Converting the parts to .IGES files and them resaving them as SolidWorks parts. We've baselined the process and found the rebuild time of most of the converted parts to be zero. The part becomes a static body, which is OK, but the problem is losing the design table data (the configurations) and the custom properties of the file. Does anyone know a way around this?
2. Doing a SAVE BODIES. This gives us the option of keeping the custom properties and the configurations, and the rebuild time is still miniscule, but we've used this feature so infrequently that we aren't really sure if there are any drawbacks to it. If we do a save bodies, do we need to break the external references? What happens if we delete or change the parent part? How will PDMWorks handle it?

Any recommendations?