I have big assembly and I want to get quick selection by cube or sphere or simple window. But if some elements (parts or assemblies) are in the pattern, they also selects. I don't need these other elements in the pattern. What the suggestion would be? Thank you
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"top level" objects like sub assemblies and patterns) and part priority
(which picks lowest level parts)...
I think what you are requesting is a way to temporarily (or maybe
permanently) change Component Priority to not select the entire pattern but
pick inside it according to whatever other selection rules you are
As of 2010 there is no way to do that, we don't have the patterns as a
separately filterable selection target.
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Usually I do as you said, but sometimes its not very good, because I need to
select whole assemblies (whitch are in the selection window), not only
parts. After selection I use Isolate and want to see assemblies. As I see
Usually the only time we want to select a pattern is to edit or delete it.
Is there any other reason to pick a pattern? Even if you want to set it invisible this can be done by selecting all its parts.
What would be handy would be a filter similar to the custom filter in the drawing environment where you can set a custom list of standard objects that you want to select, say all parts and assys.
I probably use select all occurrences most often to set either a view rep or colour style to parts or assys in a pattern without selecting the pattern.
Most of the modelling selections are variations on an geometric shape box,sphere or one side of a plane.
I don't often use these as they are so similar to the window select.
Maybe custom filter should be a wishlist item.
That's my tuppence worth.
Does Inventor 2010 have the funcationality discussed above yet? Can you select an assembly or subassembly that is a part of a pattern from the window, using your mouse, instead of having to go to the model tree, expand the pattern, and hover over each component of that pattern until the part or subassemly that you desire to edit is highlighted in the window????
Currently, I have been instruced to delete the pattern. Then you can use the mouse in the model window to visually select the assembly, or subassembly you desire to edit. You can then either open that assembly, or note the part number. You can then undo the deletion of the pattern (basically you are reapplying the pattern). You then search for that part number in the pattern within the model tree, and open it to edit. This is a long tedious process when you should be able to right click an assembly in the model window and open that for editing, even if it is a part of a pattern.
I'm going to assume that asking if 2010 has it yet was a mistake.
If you organized and named your patterns in a logical fashion it would be a non-problem.
No, asking if 2010 offered that funcationality was not a mistake. It is possible that things like this can be fixed in updates, patches, addons, etc.
Also, sure if you do everything different from the beginning, this would not be an issue. But I did not ask how to avoid the issure, I asked a specific question. I am working with models made years back by previous engineers. Please answer the question asked and not make non-related suggestions.