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Mirroring Parts in an Assembly

Re: Mirroring Parts in an Assembly

Ok, here it comes with the pictures. The goal : mirror subassembly so that components create respective constraints inside mirrored assembly, and depend one on another - not on their originals placement.

1. Start point. We will mirror RIGHT_HANDED.ASM about TOP_ASSEMBLY datum plane. PLUG.PRT is constrained to COVER.PRT and our goal is that PLUG_MIR.PRT is similarly constrained to COVER_MIR.PRT.

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2. This and the next slide constitute "independent placement" for PLUG_MIR.PRT which means it will try to re create constraints. Pre requisite for this : all placement references of plug.prt should reside inside RIGHT_HANDED.ASM (and not use higher level assemblies references). here it works - PLUG.PRT has references to COVER.PRT only.

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3.

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4. Here is a result : PLUG_MIR.PRT has 4 constraints. All to COVER_MIR.PRT.

it will not move if PLUG.PRT moves, but only if COVER_MIR.PRT moves.

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5. This is how PLUG_MIR.PRT redefinition looks - hope like what you desire.

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6. IF it was mirrored as "Dependent Placement" (Dependent means "dependent on source component position only") :

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it will not move if COVER_MIR.PRT moves, but rather if PLUG.PRT moves.

7. Last note here: "Dependent Geometry" is about Mirror Merge dependency state - will it update by source model geometry change or not. Can go either combination with "Dependent Placement" option, they have no inter dependency.

Re: Mirroring Parts in an Assembly

Very nice! One question; how did you get to the mirror subassembly dialog in the scond step? I cannot seem to get to that dialog.

Re: Mirroring Parts in an Assembly

well, you should get it after Component Create / Subassembly / Mirror / OK

Re: Mirroring Parts in an Assembly

Oh, that helps

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