I was wondering if anyone had any tips for handling a body which is defined in a multibody part file but then also occurs multiple times in said file. For example, let’s say you have an injection molded housing and insert molded in all four corners of that housing is a custom metal component. The metal piece is identical at all four positions. Obviously this part is best modeled as a single instance in the multibody file and then extracted out as a single part. I am looking for tips or best practices for how the other 3 instances should be handled.
Thanks in advance!
Do you mean that the geometry is identical for the four parts, but each of these four parts have a different material?
Then I do not understand your question. If they are identical (geometry and material), then the normal process is create one part, share it (button "Share") three times and moves them in the right position. You will get quantity 4 in the bill of material and only one detail drawing. If not, please tell more.
Well I think the difference is I am creating this part inside of a multibody part file instead of an assembly. I know multibody is new with Creo 7.0 so the advantage to creating the part in the multibody part is any of the main "signature shape" defining surfaces which are carried across individual part bodies can be defined in a single place and will then propagate across all necessary parts. Maybe I need to think about how I am asking this question. The answer may simply be to define the part in each location within the multibody part but then do a Boolean Split to separate the instances and only create one part from one instance...
Then, since it is Creo 7, you should move your post to Creo Parametric. Here you are at Creo Elements Direct > Modeling, which will not help you at the optimum.
On my side, I do not practise Creo Parametric, I'm not able to help you any longer.