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Is it possible to save an assembly as a part such that the part updates when the assembly is changed?

Question asked by David McCullough on Nov 20, 2020
Latest reply on Nov 20, 2020 by Alin Vargatu

I suppose this question could have two answers. I am using Solidworks 2020 SP0. 

Does anyone know of a way to save an assembly as a part such that the part will update with any changes made to the assembly.

I have tried inserting a new part in the assembly and using the join tool to "copy" the assembly parts to the part file, but it joins everything as a single body even though they do not physically touch.

I have also tried saving the assembly as a part with the "preserve geometry references" but that does not appear to update the part as the assembly is updated.


Long story short, i have a sheet metal body that i am trying to perform an internal flow sim on and it is proving to be a nightmare to get a sealed internal volume. Everything i do i am running into the dreaded "zero thickness error". Perhaps i have bad modeling practices, but the zero thickness error is my single biggest obstacle of all time.


I am not able to upload a model of this project and simplifying it would likely lose details necessary for this to work correctly, so going at this blindly, any suggestions or guidance would be much appreciated.