46 Replies Latest reply on Feb 14, 2019 4:44 PM by Guillaume Petit

    Instance of a component pattern changing to something different on its own

    Andy Sanders

      Solidworks 2016 SP5 on Win10 64 Bit


      Has anyone experienced a instance of a derived component pattern changing itself to a different config other than the seed component on its own?


      I and other users here have seen this multiple times lately.  In my screenshot below, I know for a fact that I did not change this screw.  I had no reason to at all.  But this morning I was working with this sub-assembly and all of a sudden I saw this tiny screw among the others.


      When I checked the instance's config specific properties, it has changed to "Use named configuration" and picked an M3 screw.


      This is not the first time this has happened.  At first I thought others, then myself had accidentally changed this instance (not picking the seed component).  But I had no reason whatsoever to change this screw and it's changed.  Matter of fact I had only had the assembly opened for about an hour and it was fine when I opened it.


      The obvious danger here is a component instance would change to something wrong and missed.  A BOM could be generated with a bad config showing.  It could be a much more expensive mistake than a simple screw.


      Anyone have an idea what might be triggering this behavior?


      component pattern not behaving.jpg