We use the sheet metal feature of SW significantly, and in SW 2011 we've found an issue. When you create a sheet metal part and create a drawing of it, a derived configuration for the flat pattern is created. In SW2011, we've found that after this new derived configuration is created, any new features (holes and so on) that are added to the parent configuration aren't automatically added to the flat patter, they're supressed in this configuration.
We have the "Supress new features" turned on for our parts, as we often have multiple configurations in the same file. However, one of our designers pointed out that in the flat pattern configuration, the feature properties of any new features are not linked to the parent (while in the flat pattern configuration, right click on the supressed feature, look at the feature properties and its supression state is for "This configuration" as opposed to "Link to parent").
We've tested this with other derived configurations in sheet metal and the same problem crops up; however, in non-sheet metal parts, the derived configurations behave themselves in the correct manner.
Has anyone else run across this problem? And if so, how did you get around it?
Thanks and regards,
Daniel the frustrated engineer