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Replace Downloaded Parts Without Losing Mates?

Question asked by Grant Kirkland on Oct 19, 2016
Latest reply on Oct 28, 2016 by John Stoltzfus

Is there a way to quickly and easily replace downloaded (imported) part models from vendors without breaking the mates?


For example: I have a Gates pulley 8MX-30S-12 that I've downloaded in .stp format from their site. I have 21 in my assembly, 18 components patterned and 3 individual. Lets say I want to change to an 8MX-28S-12 (that's 28 grooves vs 30 grooves) BUT when I "Replace..." i have to re-mate all the faces and edges.


Not the worst thing ever, but is there a way to streamline this process?