I need to make a mating jig to hold an ABS box. How do I make an assembly into a part using the outside of my box to become the inside surface of my jig?
I'll bet your sketch is open. SWX used to not allow this (ten years ago maybe), but if you have an open sketch it thinks you want to make a thin feature. Check to make sure your sketch is closed. It is also good practice to make sure your sketch is fully constrained.
Save your assembly as a part first. Create your new part then insert the saved assembly into it & position using constraints. Once in position you can use the indent feature to create the space of your box inside the new part. You might need to add simple extrudes or remove certain parts of the box after saving as a part to insure you don't get any geometry that would effectively trap the box inside the jig.
You could also try using the core & cavity features on the mold toolbar.
I have inserted my saved assy into my new part and cannot access mate commands.
Inside my saved part I tried to extrude my outline of what I need and it only wants me to do a Thin feature.Thank you.
Yes to this. Thin feature option on what you think is a closed contour there is a gap or lines intersecting.
yes was not fully constrained, thank you!
Thank you, I will try the indent, core and cavity commands.
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