I may take your time for a long passage. but I would like to detail my issue.
Am using Solidworks 2018 Standard version.
I have completed a large assembly consists of 2000+ components (parts & assemblies).
My Requirement : Submission of 3D model as eDrawing format to End user, and the one should be easy to identify similar components altogether in the assembly.
Am Freezed in : Basically i have not done grouping of components so far.
I explored somehow and identified either it could be done by "Group Component Instances", "Create New Folder" or "Form New Sub-Assembly".
Am not sure how far am correct.
But here too (in either of 3 ways) the components that has been Patterned or Mirrored cannot be grouped.
I tried converting as exe file at this stage (hoping am half the way), but the output of edrawing showed none of the components are grouped together;
there were no impact of grouping done in solidworks assembly has been reflected into edrawings.
I would be very thankful to resolve this.