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top-down modeling a new assembly, in an assembly

Question asked by Michael Gera on Apr 11, 2011
Latest reply on Apr 11, 2011 by Michael Gera

...Hopefully the subject line is not more confusing than it should be.


The following is a good actual example of what I am trying to do / question being asked:


I have a Soliwrorks 2011 (SP 3.0) assembly.  It is an angle-iron frame weldment.  The frame will have sheet metal enclosures/panels on various places.  I want said panels to be ASSEMBLIES however, not just parts (the panels get bolts and sometimes other sub-assy's attached).  I want to model the panels in a top-down fashion using my frame assembly.  I opened my frame assy, went to insert, new part, and drew a panel.  I had a panel as a single part on my frame assembly.  Herein lies the question:  how do I convert that single panel PART to an ASS'Y?  Is there a recommended way to do this so that no linked dimensions (referenced from the frame ass'y) wind up being broken?  I imagine there must be a way to "assembelize" a top-down part.


Thanks for any help as always.