as above, I know solidworks has the ability to create/derive a part from an assembly but can it derive a new part from an already existing part (i.e a solid or multibody part file?).
Yes it does by dragging your existing part into a new Solidworks part you will be asked if you want to create a derived part.
Or from the menu:
Insert / Part
As Daen Hendrickson said you can insert a part to a new part, or you can use muli-body to derive a part from existing part
Yes, but- from what I understand - prior to 2017 there is limited functionality on how well this works while keeping parametric links. I have created an ER which has resulted in an SPR: 905805.
I had created a discussion about part in part modeling some odd time ago, but I can't find the thread.
Is it possible if you can highlight few limited functionalities as I have used both inserted part and multi-bodies without any issue ( there might be some but I'm not aware of it?) - Thx
Prior to 2017, The use of part in part had to have these external reference settings (shown below) set up just right- FYI Mine are not. If the base part did not open while opening the derived part the links would be broken until both were opened. If a save was done without both open, it would break the link permanently. The problem is If I had 10 Part in Part files used in an assembly, this would force us to open an additional 10 files just to keep the link to the original files.
In 2017, they have added a radio button to open in ram only (or something to that affect) - which should fix this issue. I would like the part file to be able to act as an assembly file in this regard, but there work around may just fix that.
Thanks for the info, Scott
Using an inserted part to drive another part has been known to rebuild whenever it feels like it.
There are different things you need to do before the part becomes "live" so to speak... All I know right now I won't use it, but I am still trying to find a consistent way for this to happen and I'll be very excited to design that way...
I used inserted part for sharing part such as I insert a gear from toolbox (after I converted toolbox to normal part) to different parts with diff. hubs or adding extra features on it (nothing changes from inserted part so update will not be an issue)
I used multi-body part for derived part as a parent of a family parts so I'm concerned if there is any issue?
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