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Linking part dimensions in assembly with differing configurations

Question asked by Will Swanson on May 3, 2011
Latest reply on Feb 9, 2012 by Will Swanson

My problem can be summarized as follows:

 

I have Part A with configurations 1, 2, and 3.  Each of these configurations has a distinct length but is otherwise identical.

 

I created an assembly with configurations 1, 2, and 3, each of which uses the respective configuration of Part A.

 

I have added Parts B, C, D, ...  to the assembly, the lengths of which I would like to be driven by the active configuration of Part A in the assembly.

 

It is irrelevant to me whether or not the secondary parts have configurations for each length; all that is needed is to have an assembly with part lengths true to the length of the active configuration of Part A.  Thus far, when I have linked a dimension to Part A, switching assembly configurations changes the length of Part A (i.e., updates the active configuration) but does not alter the length of any linked components.  Is what I am trying to do possible in Solidworks?

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