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Save bodies from a virtual multibody part into a virtual assembly - SW2018

Question asked by Eric Anderson on Feb 12, 2018
Latest reply on Feb 12, 2018 by Eric Anderson

Is it possible to use save bodies (or some other method) to save the bodies of a multi-body virtual part into a virtual sub-assembly contained in the same parent assembly? I know I can save the bodies into part and assembly files that would be external to the parent assembly, then bring that assembly into the parent assembly, but that means I'm creating files outside of the parent assembly, which is what I'm trying to avoid. The reason for starting with a multi-body part instead of making individual virtual parts in a virtual sub-assembly, is that I need to register a custom appearance to the parts as a group before they get assembled together and there is some discrepancy in the mapping if I don't do it this way (I tried). The idea is to have all of the information in the parent assembly file, since it will be used as a kind of design tool for multiple products - I'd rather not be generating a bunch of folder structures(with multiple part and assembly files) for each different version or iteration every time I make a change.