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Is there a "Group" command to avoid creating mates?

Question asked by Joe Dunfee on Mar 20, 2009
Latest reply on Mar 24, 2009 by Ed Burris
I have a bunch of parts in an assembly that was imported from Inventor. Picture a pneumatic cylinder, with several items stuck on the end of the rod.

However, they come in without any mates. So, they are in the correct position, but if I attempt to pivot or extend the cylinder's rod, nothing else moves in the assembly. To recreate all the mates deleted by the importing process would take over an hour. So, I created an initial solution by adding all the parts on the rod end to an assembly.

However, I don't want to create this as an assembly, because it makes no sense to do so on the assembly instructions or the drawings I would create. What would be ideal is a way to group the parts together, much the same way as the "group" command works with 2d drawing elements in Microsoft Word.

Is there a way to do this?

Joe Dunfee