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Assembly Constraints - Broken or just quietly forgotten?

Question asked by John Wayman on Sep 28, 2017
Latest reply on Sep 28, 2017 by S. Casale

I am used to the entire model tree becoming multi-coloured when I Right-Click, Replace Component in an assembly, unless I am replacing with something so close to identical that it makes no real difference.

However, in addition to the garish broken constraints that I have to fix, there are also others that are simply greyed out and quietly forgotten in the list of mates.


How does Solidworks decide which mates to break and show in red and which to no longer bother with?

Perhaps more importantly, how do I know that the software has quietly forgotten any mates, without going and searching for the grey ones?


If it insists on messing with my mates, I would far rather it showed me in glorious technicolor, instead of shrugging its metaphorical shoulders, sighing and going on its merry way.

In a perfect world, of course, it would just fix them all itself, but that's unlikely to happen.


SW 2016, SP5

Windows 10 pro