I have attached a particular part in an assembly and saved it. Can I open up that part, copy it and make changes without destroying my previous assembly?
as long as all the changes are to the copy - the original assembly will be unchanged - i recommend having the original assembly closed while you make the copy of the part to avoid any confusion.
But why when I open the part, make changes, and then save it under a different name. It ended up changing the part in the assembly also.
That's why I never use "Save as". I copy and paste the file in Windows Explorer, re-name the new one, then open it and make my changes. I've never had a problem with changes to my original model using this method.
because you either saved the changes to the original part before saving it as a new part, or you saved it as a new part with the assembly open so that the assembly is now looking at the new part instead of the old.
If Jeremy is right about you doing the save as while the assembly was open, that's easy enough to fix. Check the part in the FM tree in your assembly and see if it lists the part under the new name or the old one. If it's the new one, RMB on it, hit the arrow at the bottom of the drop-down to see more options, and choose Replace Component.
If the part name in the FM tree is still the old one, then he's probably right about you saving the changes before save as.
Jeff, I usually just copy and paste the file from the "file open" window right in SW, then rename it, the just open it. Here's something else to consider though, if the part will still be similar, why not use a 'configuration' of the same part?
Please describe what the "configuration" function will do and how to use it. I'm starting to like this subject, thanks.
Jeff, Configurations allow you to save and use versions of parts and assemblies. You can use the original part as a starting point and then add holes and other features to the part while the original part stays as it was. The other advantage is that when making drawings, you can copy the original part drawing, rename it and just update the configuration. All of your previous dimensions are still there. It really cuts down on the work you have to do.
It would be a lot of work to describe all the functions here in the forum, see 'configurations' in the SW help files.
Thanks Bernie, I will review this.
OK, I got to the configuration part and got it to configure with same part with different details.
Now let's say if my part is a screw, and I would like to use the configuration for different lengths. How can I name it from .25-20 X .25 to .25-20 X .75 to new configuration?
Jeff, If you used the configured PEM from the design table folder it's likely that you can swap that configuration as well. If not suppress the PEM and add another. Worst case, make the base configuration without PEM's and add configurations with the PEM's as required.
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