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Inplace Mates

Question asked by Chad Schmidt on Feb 5, 2009
Latest reply on Feb 5, 2009 by Chad Schmidt
I don't understand how an inplace mate works. I'll give you an example:

I have a top level assembly with a sub-assembly in it. Suppose I edit the sub-assembly in the context of the top level assembly. Suppose I create a new part and I'm prompted for a plane. So I pick a plane that exists in the Top level assembly. Now I have an in-place mate that references a plane that exists outside of the sub-assembly. This is fine and all but where is the external reference indicator (->) for that mate? Do I automatically assume it created one? What is the behavior of such a mate in this condition?