Need to mirror an assembly line to opposite direction.
Can this be done and propagate the mirror values to all the component or part drawings?
Or do i need to redraw the whole thing?
For visual representation only:
Save assembly as part, then mirror it. Wont have the ability to modify because it will be an imported part.
Oh a million ways to skin a cat time again.
First question would be: How complex of a line are we talking here?
If it is a fairly big file the following suggestion is use at your own discretion.
Make a plane in space somewhere outside of you whole assembly parallel to the way you need to mirror it.
Mirror the whole assembly, do not create any mirrored parts yet. Look at the mirrored version and ask yourself at this point can I get what I want fairly easily? If the answer is no and you have to create a ton of mirrored parts my suggestion would be make your current assembly configurable(Think of a bunch of legos) And create a new assembly inputting the sub configurations from the first.assembly in the order you need them to be in.
This is the kind of process I use when crap goes to the other side of the river on a project. Either one of the above will work, however expect slightly longer re-build times.
Only you can decide what will work for your situation, unfortunately when stuff like this happens most customers and supervisors think "oh you should just be able to flip it over to what we want now".
The short answer is "yes".
I like the Accountant answer. "It depends."
We have a full assembly line that needs to be reversed. Was hoping there is a simple way to mirror the whole thing and have a left hand copy with all the parts automatically saved as the same file name with an appended extension to identify its a mirrored component.
There are over 1200 parts in this thing, every motor mount, nuts, bolts guards, springs assembly fixtures.....would take 2 weeks to redraw this and mirror everything.
There has to be a way!!
There is a way, it all depends on if you actually need to mirror the whole conveyor or parts of it.
Say you have a straight section on an incline motor facing inside of line and you do not need to have the motor inside or outside of the line. This becomes a static assembly no changes needed. But you have an elevated turn that does need to be mirrored over. If this is it's own assembly create a configuration of that assembly and mirror it on it's own. In the mirror option if you click the green arrow forward after making opposite hand versions you are given the option to add a suffix or prefix to all of your newly created mirrored parts. Or you can re-name them altogether. (You can also point all of your mirrored parts to a separate folder from your originals.)
It is really hard to explain theoretical mirror shifts to an assembly line that you have never seen, however the basic mirror of sub assemblies or even in the main assembly is possible. You are going to probably at the very least have to set up a dummy assembly to test out which mirroring effects you want to use.
If you can share a top down view and an elevation view it might clear it up some as far as what you will need to mirror and what does not need to be mirrored.
Of course in an assembly of 1200 pieces you could just mirror everything and only apply mirrored changes to those parts that need it. I would urge that you make sure your parts are complete and ready for production if you do this option though, especially if you are working in sheet metal and have flat patterns to contend with. It will take a long time to re-build as it is, you do not want it updating a significant amount of flat pattern changes at the same time it is rebuilding.
So in summary it is possible, just have to figure out the best and most practical way to approach it.
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