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External References - Allowed?

Question asked by Frederic Hodshon on Oct 4, 2016
Latest reply on Oct 4, 2016 by Christian Chu

hi,

 

let's see if i can explain this...

 

i have a top assembly - called

 

AB

 

Assembly AB contains 2 sub-assemblies - called

A

and

B

 

Sub-assembly A contains a part called A1

Sub-assembly B contains a part called B1

 

i would like to EDIT sub-assembly B and assemble/mate part B1 referencing a feature of A1.

 

out of the box, SolidWorks 2016 won't let me do this.

 

i have tried different settings in the EXTERNAL REFERENCES area of the SYSTEM OPTIONS menu.

 

no worky.

 

any thoughts on this?

 

can i create external references willy-nilly like i used to be able to do in (horrors) Pro-Engineer?

 

thanks in advance.

fred

 

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