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Insert part into specific configuration of assembly?

Question asked by Alex Danishevsky on May 1, 2017
Latest reply on May 1, 2017 by Glenn Schroeder

My question relates to inserting parts for an assembly manual:

 

It seems that Solidworks only allows you to add all the parts you need into the finished assembly first, then create specific assembly configurations/display states to remove parts you don't need yet for step 1, 2, 3, etc.

 

Is there a feature (or it would be great if it can be added) to allow inserting a component into a specific assembly configuration only?

 

For example, I want to add a screw to assembly configuration "Step 7" but it will also insert it into all the previous steps I have already completed.

 

I want to create a drawing for step 1 with all necessary hardware, then start on step 2 and add needed hardware - it is more intuitive to work like this on a new assembly manual than adding everything at once and then backpedaling to remove them on initial steps.

 

It seems easier to create something like a LEGO manual by adding a few bricks at a time than to complete the assembly and backtrack.

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