If I make an assembly and copy and paste three of the same parts in can I make them into their own assemblies? Unlinking them from each other allowing me to change each one seperately from each other. Thanks!
In a word, no, but here's a couple options.
File>save as, and save new files with new names for each instance of the part.
Open the part, and create different configurations for each instance of the part, then set the configurations in the assembly as required.
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I would go with creating configurations option as Mark suggested. Creating them will be much quick and you can control variations in the same part.
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Sounds like there is no real quick way. I would have liked to see a copy and paste feature that asks if this should be a "group" of individual entities based on copies of the original sketch.
I guess I will just have to draw up each link one at a time.
Thanks for all your support and tips.
Can you copy n paste them in window explorer, rename them and use as required.
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If you can be specific about the parts you're designing, we may be able to give other options also. Can you upload the assembly and parts, give a brief explanation with them?
I don't really understand what you are trying to do. Do you mean that you want to copy one part into an assembly three times and then modify each of the three to make them different? This can't be done in a single step. You would need to do a "Save as copy" on the part twice, then "Replace Components" on two of the parts, then open the new parts and modify them.
Since they are parts, what do you mean by make them into their own assemblies?
PS. You should probably post this question in the Assemblies Forum, as it gets more traffic and is a better match.
Message was edited by: Jerry Steiger
It really depends on the differences between the parts.
You may not need to create seperate files at all.
Open you original part and create additional configurations one for each part that is different.
However the more complex the differences are the more complex configurations get.
In the assembly copy the part as many times as you need. Change each copy to the config needed.
During our designs of machines or subassemblies we have come across the challenge of copying parts and then pasting them into the model to be used elsewhere. As an example is when I have to draw up a quick 4 bar link system. We draw one link then copy and paste and create mates. But once we want to change one link every link changes. So we thought there may be an option to "break" the link between the copies.
Right now I will have to make each link as a seperate part, then import them into one assembly.
Thank you everyone for the information.
I guess I have to wait for solidworks to come up with a copy / paste feature with option to keep link between the original and the copy or to make a un-linked copy.
You need to learn how to make configurations in parts. Probably in help files/tutorials. Not difficult after you've done it once or twice.
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After when you like to inserted in the new part it will ask you if you trying to make a derived part.
Just save it with different name and it will be ready to inserted in you Assembly
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