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 Post subject: Copy parts and assemblies
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:28 pm 
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A customer wrote:

<i><font color=blue>There has to be an easier way to copy part and assemblies and making copies.
There is a lot of time being used to copy parts from one assembly to another and keep it organized.</i></font id=blue>

Many ways exist. Here is a general review of the options you have. Known limitations are noted.
1). The most common way to get more parts in an asembly is Add. When you Add another, you are basically doing a copy. Add has many options for positioning and rotating. As well as the ability to do same or different. (limitation #1 - you have seen that as different gives a new sub-assembly but not new parts. Here then you use instance to part as a second operation.)
1a). Besides regular Add, there is "Add duplicate" if the assembly was from an old job, and Add catalog if the assembly has been saved as a catalog mechanism.
2). Assembly copy will move parts or entire assemblies from one coordinate system to another. Quite often the coordinate systems exist in job already in the form of the layout UCS. In order to copy the entire assembly at once, just be active in the assembly level one up from the one you wish to copy.
3). Assembly mirror will do the one thing copy cannot, truly mirror geometry through a plane. (However here is limitation #2 - it cannot do all assemblies at once.)
We have both limitation 1 and 2 already standing as open logs for R&D under the PME name.

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