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How to use bodies in other design

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How to use bodies in other design

I have a designed a body that i then split into several parts, and now want to edit each part in a separate file. How can i do it? I would like to keep the ability to edit some of the first steps of this original body creation, because ultimately all parts will be sticked together into a single body. 

Message 2 of 6

The easiest way is convert the bodies you want to copy to another file into components and then use Copy and then Paste New to a new file.  Creating components from bodies can be possibly be done preserving related sketches but it depends on your timeline.  Attach your model and let the Forum take a look to see.


If you do not know how to attach your Fusion 360 model follow these easy steps. Open the model in Fusion 360, select the File menu, then Export and save as a F3D or F3Z file to your hard drive. Then use the Attachments section, of a forum post, to attach it.

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John Hackney

Beyond the Drafting Board

Message 3 of 6

If you want to maintain associativity to the original local component (so you can made edits in the original design), you can use Derive to derive just that one component to a new design, then insert the derived design into your new master design.

Jeff Strater
Engineering Director
Message 4 of 6

Thank you. Here is the model attached. So i don't understand one thing - how will that preserve my ability to make changes to all parts. Can a new part inhere from the old timeline?

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"Can a new part inhere from the old timeline?"


Yes, if you use the Derive method, it will be associative to the original component.  You will be able to go back into the original design, make changes to the component, update the derived design, and update the referencing design with those changes

Jeff Strater
Engineering Director
Message 6 of 6

Perfect, thank you!!!!

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