Lana Antiperovitch

SW2009 SP2.0 ROUTING -virtual pipes and routes

Discussion created by Lana Antiperovitch on Feb 4, 2009
Latest reply on Oct 28, 2010 by Jerry Mosier
Please, explain why do we need the virtual pipes and routes?

I copied from SW2009 Help:
Virtual components are saved internally in the assembly file in which they are created, instead of in a separate part file. When you create components in the context of an assembly, the software saves them inside the assembly file as virtual components. Later, you can save the components to external files or delete them.
During the conceptual design process, when you frequently experiment with and make changes to the assembly structure and components, using virtual components has several advantages over the bottom-up design method:
You can rename these virtual components in the FeatureManager design tree, avoiding the need to open, save as a copy, and use the Replace Components command.
You can make one instance of a virtual component independent of other instances in a single step.
The folder where you store your assembly is not cluttered with unused part and assembly files resulting from iterations of component designs.
To save a virtual component to its own external file, right-click the component and select Save Part(in External File) or Save Assembly(in External file).