How do I add a hole in a plate which is aligned to an existing hole in another plate in the assembly? I want to prevent external references.
The first obvious answer is look at the dimensions of the other one and dimension this one accordingly.
Ok, that's probably not what you were looking for. :-) If you have both parts in an assy, you can edit the desired part there. If you have the setting set to not allow external references, then you can reference that other hole but it will not "stick". This lets you place it relative to the existing hole, then open that new part and put dimensions on the new hole.
Thanks for the info.
Now I have another problem. I want to use the Hole Wizard to put tapped holes in a base plate within an assy. I want to use the existing holes in a mated plate for location reference. When I select the plate face for the hole, an unwanted hole appears. When I delete it, all the holes are deleted also.
It sounds like you are on a version before 2012. When you select that face, then what you see is that extra hole location. Just continue to place the other points where you want them and then delete that extra point. It should work fine like that.
I am on version 2011. When I delete the unwanted hole, all the holes disappear.
What I would do is after you place the pilot holes for location purposes
just call up the part in its own session and place the HW holes in those same locations.
Instead of deleting that hole. Why not define the hole so you can use it?
That's odd because I just tried it on 2011 and when I delete that first sketch point while in the Positions tab of the Hole Wizard, that point disappears and the other points are still there just fine. Are you doing it like that?
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