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block linked to file - best way to edit the block?

Question asked by Eric Snyder on Aug 2, 2016
Latest reply on Aug 4, 2016 by Eric Snyder

OK. It would be helpful to have a block that drives many different extrudes in multiple parts in an assembly. I am in luck since I can create a block, save it in a folder, insert the block and link it to the original file. Really cool! That way all I need to do to add 0.010" to a dimension is to edit the original saved block and it updates all the places that use the block where I have "Link to file" checked.

 

My questions:

1) How do I edit the original block? Even though it is a "SLDBLK" file I don't seem to be able to open it with Solidworks directly.  Best practice here?

2) What is best practice for saving that block file in a safe place that makes sense? Since many different parts in the assembly now depend on it it seems that someone has thoght this through and come up with a good way to keep that block file safe and sound in a standardized place?

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