I need to move/rotate a sub-assembly in a top level assembly. If I select a sub-assembly componet it will not move.
Is there a setting in a dialog box?
RMB on the sub in your Feature Tree and select properties. Bottom right is the option for Flexible, select that and Hit OK.\
Here is the help: http://help.solidworks.com/2010/English/SolidWorks/sldworks/LegacyHelp/Sldworks/Assem_1/Flexible_Sub-assemblies.htm?id=22d8a121591647b298e2295c9bd6c84b#Pg0
As a general rule, a sub-assy should move when you grab one of its items unless the sub is fully defined in the upper assy that you are currently looking at. So that means first check to see what mates you have on that sub. Now, that being said, I have seen cases where I only have one mate on a sub and the sub will still not move. If that's the case, try suppressing or deleting whatever mates are on the sub and then try to move it. Or, did you somehow fix it?
Thanks Wlayne, if I open the sub assembly I can move it (ie: accordian type linkage) no problem.
Then I go back to the top level assembly and the sub assembly will not move.
I recreated the top level assembly by re-assembling each component by itself
but I do need to know how to get the sub assembly to move. The only mates I use
it typically two so I always have a degree of freedom to move everything.
Thanks Paul - that worked.
It helps if you choose your words carefully.
Move can mean any of Translate, Rotate or Articulate, but the answer to your question is different in each case.
Adjectivedynamic (comparative more dynamic, superlative most dynamic)Changeable; active; in motion usually as the result of an external force. The environment is dynamic, changing with the years and the seasons.He was a dynamic and engaging speaker. PowerfulAble to change and to adapt(music) Having to do with the volume of sound. The dynamic marking in bar 40 is forte. (computing) happening at runtime instead of at compile time
dynamic (comparative more dynamic, superlative most dynamic)
active; in motion usually as the result of an external force.seems to convey the idea of a flexible Sub-Assembly pretty well, no?
I think John's comment was directed to the point of interpreting the original request, and I think he read it the same way I did. Look at what was written: "I need to move/rotate a sub-assembly in a top level assembly. If I select a sub-assembly componet it will not move." I am a very literal person and see that the request is to move the sub as an item in the top level assy. Ok, grab any component of it and move it, unless the sub is fully defined, therefore my answer.
However, further posts reveal that the OP wanted to move only certain parts of the sub, not the whole thing, therefore the flexible answer being marked as correct.
well, I just took move as move (no matter what translation, rotation, etc you want) and I also read this "If I select a sub-assembly componet it will not move." to be the actual problem, not that the sub-assembly itself will not move. Perception and interpretation are important, but will be different many times for different people. The human mind is an amaizing machine. I just love those mind tests for visual interpetations and reading words that aren't all there but your brain puts the pieces together without you even knowing you did it.
flip a coin... I guess I won my 4 points this time
I think many people on ths forum are likely "very literal" as well.
You presented an answer to the question as you preceived it. I don't have any issues at all with that.
I also realize that the original poster's (OPs) intent and description may well be taken in diffeent ways.
When I was learning, I didn't know to call a Flexible Sub-Assembly a Flexible Sub-Assembly until I learned it.
When I moved from Michigan to Wisconsin I found out that water fountains were also called bubblers. I had never heard the term before in regards to a drinking fountain.
So, in my response, read it again from the point of view that a realtively new user to the forum shouldn't get lambasted for symantics, escpecially if all one had invested was reading the post.
I also understand that posting on the internet is more likely to be misinterpreted than talking face to face because of nuances of expression, local idioms (and idiots) and the list goes on. So if I stepped on anyone’s toes, hurt anyone’s feelings or otherwise turned their warm and fuzzies to less than warm, my apologies.
Hey, I hope nobody is reading any sour grapes into this discussion as there are none. A question was asked, an answer was found, and points don't mean a thing. Life is good! :-)
When I was at school they were bubblers, but the inexorable (look up that one) march of American culture may have influenced local authorities here to describe them as water fountains.
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