4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 27, 2014 2:27 PM by Wendy Mark

    Better adaptibility with referenced parts

    robert dattilo


           I'm using Solidworks 2014 sp4, & I wanted to do  a drawing of a part that's very similar to a previously done drawing. The only thing that changes is the length.

      I figured I copy the drawing over, rename it if needed, then open it and reference the part that's a little shorter. The part is a separte part no. etc. so it's not something to be done with a configuration. What happens is it rejects the part so then all the dimensions go olive drab, & are diss-associated with the part. I have to replace all the dimensions on the drawing

      when the only one that changed is the length dimension. Something just doesn't make sense about this in 2014 with SW's emphasis on design intent.


      Any comments or ideas on this subject?




        • Re: Better adaptibility with referenced parts
          Deepak Gupta

          Why don't you use Pack and Go and create another copy of the same files. This would maintain the references.


          You can also create copy of the files and rename via SOLIDWORKS explorer to maintain references.


          You can also link the drawing views to new part using replace model option.

          • Re: Better adaptibility with referenced parts
            Glenn Schroeder

            I'd suggest you try doing a Pack and Go of the original drawing, re-naming the part and drawing in the process, then make the edits to the new part.  This way the new drawing should update without losing any references (but I'm not making any guarantees).

              • Re: Better adaptibility with referenced parts
                robert dattilo

                Hello again;

                    I forgot to add the parts are basically vendor parts which are pretty much dumb solids. This is one reason I just grabbed the drawing file for the one set, that was finished. Then I tried to implant the model of the other & use the copied drawing. If I were starting from scratch I'd probably just copy the files to another location, & then rename, & change the necessary model. I tried opening the drawing & then choose the replace model, but it broke the relations with the dimensions. I have another one to do so I might look at the possibilities of just starting with a model & revising it, sense it's so close to the original.


                Thks, again;


                  • Re: Better adaptibility with referenced parts
                    Wendy Mark

                    HI Robert,


                    Did you try the "references" button in the open window, or get the drawing all the way open first?  I admit that I haven't made drawings for unrelated import models recently (that I can remember), but this works pretty well for me when I've had to work with a file which one of my Engineers renamed before checking into the Vault, (which means the drawing can't find the new file, and is still looking for the old one). I'd say it's worth a try.


                    So this is under the "file/open" menu from inside SW (you bypass this screen from the "double-click to open" function).