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Reordering assembly features - why is it so hard!!!!???

Question asked by jason van clark on Oct 20, 2011
Latest reply on Jan 25, 2012 by jason van clark

Alright, I'll walk you through this:

I have an assembly with a single part in it.  The part represents a purchased round shaft that is 3.50" long.

Previously, assembly features representing snap ring grooves were placed a given distance from the unfinished ends of the shaft

I have recently needed to go back in and 'finish' the ends of the shaft off before the snap ring grooves are inserted.  My company requires a cut feature be in the model to represent all finish cuts, so I rolled the feature tree back, inserted my cut, then rolled forward again.

The snap ring groove feature failed (predictably).  But, I can't fix the dimension that is referencing the end of the shaft.  While in the sketch I am allowed to fix it, but as soon as I exit the sketch loses it's relation to the 'end' of the shaft (the finishing cut). 


This has been a problem for some time now, when is SolidWorks going to fix this?????


I have attached a jpg and the solidworks files for your convenience