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Anthony
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Best way to copy parts in an assembly to retain constraints

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06-06-2012 10:00 AM

Looking for views on what the best method is to copy a selection of parts in IV 2013 which will result in the copied selection to retain it's constraints ? I have an assembly which I have used the mirror method on a batch of parts, also used the standard copy method and pattern components. Are there any other weird and wonderful ways of duplication that work well ? Cheers

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Re: Best way to copy parts in an assembly to retain constraints

06-06-2012 10:10 AM in reply to: Anthony

I tend to use "Save and replace component" buried under the most useful productivity menu, which hides all the functions I like to use often.

 

A little different functionality than you're describing, but more robust than doing a "save as" on a part and then replacing the edited part.

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Re: Best way to copy parts in an assembly to retain constraints

06-06-2012 10:12 AM in reply to: Anthony

Hi Anthony, 

 

You can use subassembly copies as a trick to retain constraints:

 

  • Demote the parts to be copied into a temporary subassembly
  • Copy the subassembly and constrain it in place
  • Go to Assembly tab > Productivity panel > Save and Replace Component button and save the subassembly copy as a new file
  • Then promote the parts in each subassembly back to the top level assembly
  • Delete the subassemblies from the assembly (and from your computer)

 

It's been a while since I've done this, so there might be some quirks to it, but I recall using this in the past in order to get around some of the issues you mention.

 

I hope this helps.
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Re: Best way to copy parts in an assembly to retain constraints

06-06-2012 11:06 AM in reply to: Anthony

I use the copy components, Select all the parts you want copies of. Select copy components on the assembly tab. In the dialog change all the double plus blue circles to yellow plus circles and pick next, and pick OK. It copies all your parts with the constrains that are linked with the copied parts.

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Re: Best way to copy parts in an assembly to retain constraints

06-06-2012 03:29 PM in reply to: Doug_DuPont

Anthony wrote:

... Are there any other weird and wonderful ways of duplication that work well ?


 

 

Hi Doug_DuPont, 

 

Good point. I guess I went straight for the "weird" way and forgot all about the "wonderful" one. :smileywink:

 

Your solution is the better choice. Mine is used only when needed, and now I can't even remember what the situation was that required it. But I suspect it had do with fixing something that someone else broke in an existing assembly.

 

I hope this helps.
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Re: Best way to copy parts in an assembly to retain constraints

06-07-2012 12:56 AM in reply to: Anthony

Many thanks for all your great and very useful responses, I will try and work through all the methods and see hopefully see where I get to with the ideas you have mentioned. Thanks again.

Anthony Goodwin ~ Cad Manager/Senior Designer
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Re: Best way to copy parts in an assembly to retain constraints

11-14-2013 05:40 AM in reply to: Anthony

My weird and aweseom way, is to select all the parts that i want to copy, press tab if they arent an assembly to make an assembly, name it whatever i want. Press ok, open up assembly, save-copy as, place new assembly.

 

I came here to try to figure out if i can copy an assembly with the relationships it has to the other assemblies?

 

The same constraints it uses to be reused?

 

Any Help?

 

Thanks!

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Re: Best way to copy parts in an assembly to retain constraints

11-14-2013 06:01 AM in reply to: m.teleguz1

Or just load 2014.. Now when you copy multiple parts it retains the constraints automagically :smileytongue:

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