I have searched this a bunch but havent found the answer.
I've been tasked with the job of taking existing assemblies with approximately 2-300 pieces in them that have about 8 variations at the top level and make alternate versions with switches in a new location. To do this i need to change 4 parts and rebuild the mates to the new locations. I have made the new parts from the original files with the same part # but a -g at the end.
We use SW 2014 sp3 but dont use PDM as the other guys doing solidworks at my (one month old) job hated it. We have a customer folder with all the models we do, a hardware folder, plumbing folder, etc. Then a folder for each model we have all of the common parts and sub assemblies and a folder named top level with the top assembly versions in it.
How do i take an existing model, make a copy of it and break links to the original from the copy so it doesn't try to update the original.
Maybe an example would make this easier. Say i drew up a bottle with a cap. Its called bottle. I want to make an almost identical copy of the assembly but use a green cap instead of clear. How do i make bottle-g.sldasm from bottle.sldasm without bottle-g trying to change bottle to the green cap? This is obviously oversimplified, the model i'm trying to do this with has a few hundered parts. Typically I work with small assemblies and building a few isnt a big deal. But with this many parts I'll be here for weeks.
Thanks for any help or ideas.