Can i copy an assembly in the same drawing to play around with, like in Autocad?
I'm running Solidworks 2016.
You could use Pack & Go to copy all sub-assys & components, making sure to add a prefix or suffix to all the new parts.
That way everything is treated as separate parts/assys. However if the top level assy is very large your PC performance may be impacted.
Thanks...I don't want to screw up the original part files if i make changes to the copied assembly parts and save.
Depending on what your trying to do - I would recommend saving out to your desktop or pack & go if the experiment gets extensive, you may need something to fall back on...
What do you mean by "drawing"? The 2D or 3D environment?
What do you mean by "play around with".
SolidWorks is not AutoCAD. If you make changes to components in one copy of an assy, the components in the other assy will be affected.
I want to make a copy of an assembly next to the original assembly in Solidworks and change and move things around and be able to compare it to the original assembly, but i dont want the changes to the copy to propogate back to the part files.
I know Solidworks is not Autocad, but after moving to Solidworks, there are features in Autocad i would like to discover in Solidworks as well, if they exist. One of them is to be able to make a simple copy to another layer and overlay the original to compare future changes, but Solidworks seems to link to everything Parametrically. Just hoping there is a way to straight draw 2d in Solidworks. I am working from an assembly file in Solidworks, not a drawing file.
Thanks for any insight
Cool! Ill give that a go!
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