Open the Part file, right-click on the file name at the top of the tree, and choose "List External References" from the drop-down. That will bring up a dialog box that will have a checkbox near the bottom for "Break All".
This is also a good solution especially for the parts that I have already built that have external references.
Michael Powell wrote:
What is a good workflow to create a new part based on geometry in an assembly... but then to break all references to that other geometry and replace them with smart dimensions (allowing the part to have integrity at the part level).
Thanks for your kind help.
You can use a slightly different workflow that does not create references.
Make sure you have this option on:
That is all. You can now place all your sketch lines precisely using temporary On Edge, Coincident or other relations, then just constrain the sketch with dimensions.
All in a clean, easy to follow workflow.
This is a perfect solution that works very well.
I see that this feature also seems to be linked to the "No External References" Button on the Sketch Tab... a good way to temporarily control this option.