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Internal assembly parts vs external parts

Question asked by Kevin Quigley on Oct 20, 2008
Latest reply on Oct 29, 2008 by Josh Mings
Every since the ability to save parts internally in an assembly came along I have used this in tandem with externally defined parts, partly because I use other CAD systems that have a combined part/assembly file format.

This seems to work OK but I'm just curious what others do. I don't do big assemblies, I only do consumer product design or relatively simple assemblies (I think my biggest has a few hundred parts and most of them are nuts and bolts). What I do do though is define parts in the context of the assembly.

I am about to start a new project where I need to set up assemblies that can be driven by critical dimensions and I'm considering doing this using only internally defined parts. Up to now this kind of stuff has been done using externally defined parts but with some elements driven by the assembly.

Thoughts anyone?