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Breaking Links between In-Context-Designed Parts

Question asked by John Willett on May 31, 2017
Latest reply on Jun 6, 2017 by John Willett

I have two assemblies in Solidworks Premium 2017 (or 2016) under Windows 7 SP1, both of which used in-context design (actually a master-sketch part) to specify certain dimensions and relative locations of many of their parts.  I want to insert one part (or perhaps more) from the "source" assembly into the "destination" assembly while preserving all of that part's original dimensions.  Is there a preferred way to break the in-context links while preserving the dimensions of the desired part for clean insertion into the destination assembly?

 

So far I've been floundering around, for example, inserting the entire the source assembly as a sub-assembly into the destination assembly and then deleting the parts I don't want.  This is messy, however, as it preserves the master sketch from the source assembly to define critical dimensions of the part I need.  It results in a cumbersome new assembly with unnecessary parts and links.  There must be a better way... -- John Willett

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