We have a situation here that I am sure is not all that unique.
Part A, is a common part that is used in many applications, but it also used as the raw component part in which machining is applied.
Part A + B Machining = Part AB
Part A + C Machining = Part AC
Part A + D Machining = Part AD
and so on..............
So how does everyone implement this in Solidworks? I see a couple of different ways, but the biggest challenge is to due with updates on Part A.
Save As Copy of Component A, and apply changes. Now have new part AB.
If for some reason Part A changes, I know have to update part AB,AC,AD,AE........... manually.
Create an assembly with Part A, called Part AB. Apply machining to assembly (Cut Revolve & Cut Extrude).
Decent option. Shows well in WPDM and reflects what in the ERP.
Import Part A into Part AB (not as an assembly). Apply features (cut....) to imported part.
Similar to Option 2, but less visable in WPDM. More difficult to manage and oritentate the part.
I much prefer option B. But I was curious what everone else does?