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Make a dangling reference plane absolute?

Question asked by Qi Lu on Oct 5, 2012
Latest reply on Oct 7, 2012 by Jerry Steiger



How can a dangling reference plane be made absolute?


If within an assembly I edit part B in context, creating a reference plane in it which is coincident to a face of part C. However, after the required sketch and extrusion has been finished, I want to break the connection between the reference plane and the referenced face in part C so that C’s possible later moves would not cause part B to change.


Is it possible to make the newly created reference plane in B to become “independent” or “absolute”? When I tried to change the plane’s feature, I don’t find any option allowing this and what I could only do was to select some other reference, which suggests that I need to constrain the plane using entities/feature objects that are already available with part B. However, if this sometimes is difficult especially if the original reference face in part C is of non-orthogonal direction which has no substitute within part B.


Is there a solution?