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external references - re-establish lost references

Question asked by Deb Martin on Jul 19, 2012
Latest reply on Aug 27, 2012 by Jerry Steiger



I have created some part in context in an assembly.  I remove the part from the assembly and then bring it back into the assembly.  The references that were used to create the part are broken now broken (listed with a -> ?).  I thought that the references would be re-established after bringing the part back into the assembly where the references are.



1.)  Is there a direct way to reconnect multiple references now that they are broken?


2.) What is the best practice creating parts in context and not losing the references?  For example what if I want to create a new part variant part2 based on part1 that has that has in context references.  I have doing a save as of part1 to part2.  This removes part1 from the assembly and leaves part2 with all the in context references.  Now I want to bring part1 back into the assembly, but all of references are broken.