Welcome to 3DCADForums

Join our CAD community forums where over 25,000 users interact to solve day to day problems and share ideas. We encourage you to visit, invite you to participate and look forward to your input and opinions. Acrobat 3D, AutoCAD, Catia, Inventor, IronCAD, Creo, Pro/ENGINEER, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, and others.

Register Log in

Replacing external references

Azuka

New member
Hi,
I have an assembly containing a part that has features referenced to the assembly's skeleton model. I some how made a mistake by inserting the part directly into the assembly. I need to insert the part in a sub-assembly that will be inserted in my top-level assembly.
Can anyone suggest a way to replace my part without suspending its references?
 

street_preacher

New member
Replacing external References

First I would edit the dimension scheme of the feature referenced to the skeleton using "Edit Dimensions" or just change the references with "Edit References" in the right click menu. Change the references to the part first will make it much easier since your current references will still be available. If you use "Edit References" be sure you understand the reference structure beforehand to correctly position the feature with the new references. After the references are changed to something more portable, use "Restructure" in the Edit drop down menu to move the part to the correct assembly. You will most likely want to change the assembly references once you have it in the correct assembly structure to something that makes more sense for the new location (i.e., orientation plane reference changed from sub-assembly plane to higher level assembly plane).
 

Gearbox

New member
A potential problem with moving a part DOWN to a sub-assembly with restructure is that you MAY have to have the upper level assembly in memory to open the sub-assembly. Because I don't know how references to skeletons behave in this instance. Certainly, if you have other types of references (such as placement datums) to the upper level assembly, you will not be able to open the sub-assembly by itself. Moving parts UP to a higher level assembly never causes a problem.
 

Sponsor

Top