I wish to copy a part file to another folder , with these two file (same part and same file name) link to each other.
Means if I edit the part in Folder A , when I open the part from Folder B , I will get the same results.
Anyone can help on this ?
Not possible. Each file is its own entity. There may be a work around for getting two different parts to update by using an in context approach however.
Can you be more specific about why you are wanting to do this?
Thanks Mike & Lin .
Yes, we've a common part used in two different assemblies , and they are from different module of our machine .
So these two assembly files are store in different folder in our server.
We do have a common folder where we store all those standard parts which are sharing among different assemblies/modules , but not for fabrication parts. We prefer to have duplicate files instead of insert/read the part from a different folder , because sometimes there's situation whereby we will copy the folder to other workstation . In this case , if we are reading part from other folder , when we copy the folder of a module , these part will be missing in our assembly . If we able to have same part save in different location and they are still link to each other , then we can copy only the folder we need + the standard parts folder , instead of copy everything from our server.
p/s : We will keep only a copy of the drawing (for better document control) , but we need to duplicate the part file so that it works when we open the assembly file .
Or any better way to manage the files ?
This is a typical example of how EPDM would be employed. You and your coworker could have partA open at the same time. However, only one of you would be allowed to have checked it out. The one who checked it out would be able to make changes to partA. EPDM will inform the person who doesn't have the part checked out that there have been changes made to the part. The other user would then be able to obtain the latest version of partA through EPDM after it had been updated.
However, I believe you are looking to do this in a manual fashion. This would just require good discipline and very good communication. Depending on the number of users, that will be the level of challenge.
I would like to hear other's approaches to this as I am sure there are companies out there doing this without EPDM.
I have an idea of how you could do this, but before I suggest anything, how are you now creating part numbers? I am assuming that you have part numbers for which you want to be in multiple locations but have them to be updated, not parts that are something like "Bracket_left", which is not a unique identifier.
Also, whatever you do, it will have to be a manual process, so if you are not interested in a manual process and have an existing good one, please make that known.
Not sure why you need to do this?
It is not a good practice to maintain duplicated files in different folder.
I assume the Part file is used by different assemblies ?
You assemblies can be in Folder A and Folder B, and both look for common part C.
So when your Part C updated , both assemblies in different folder will be updated.
You can try to achieve it via an external design table to which both parts are connected.
Do you mind to explain how we do that ?
Create part A and insert a design table. While adding DT, there is option external table (from file). You can select that and pick the appropriate table. Make sure to select the option link to file.
Now save the file as B (save as Copy).
Edit the external table should modify/updated both parts.
Sorry not in front of SW, so can't help with an example.
Heck, I find that my files do just what he's asking to do. I've used Windows Explorer to create a new file folder in which I copy/pasted a complete set of files from another folder so I could do a rename and modify the newly created set to what I needed. Pack'n'Go wasn't working, so this was my alternative. After changing the copied set of drawings, assemblies and parts to their new dimensional values I opened my original set to double check a clearance....only to find that my original set was changed to what the copied and revised set was. After the weekend of working on my disgust and giving up on trying to determine what would have made a programmer believe this was a useful and logical function, I'm trying to figure out how to deal with this issue. So, from what I've seen at least, what you've asked is totally possible. I'm not saying that it's the correct way at all, the opposite actually would be my recommendation, but possible. I only found this thread because I'm looking for ways to reassign the links or break them between these files.
That's my problem too. Pack & Go to another location, edit parts, open assembly to discover that original parts have also been edited.
Any solution Matt?
Save Bodies command
Copy the file and "Paste Shared" in ePDM may work what you are asked for.
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