To improve the top-down design methodology when designing variations based uppon a skeleton that's a family table, we'd like to suggest this improvement. Youtube unlisted video:
This is the setup:
A skeleton that contains a family table with the refs for a 3/4/5m machine, those refs are packed in a publish geometry.
That Published geometry is taken in with an external copy geometry and used in different features.
When saved to a new variant for 3Meter machine.
And the skeleton is renamed as well.
It's still looking at the original skeleton source for 4 meter.
We can do an edit definition and point to the source of the instance of 3 Meter, which has the same feature numbers and ID's.
But Creo doesn't treat the family table part as the same or connected, and all features fail:
So if there could be an option to replace the source parameter to a family table member, retaining the feature number and ID's, that would save a lot of time rebuilding all the dependent features.
Please mind this old idea , showing that it's somewhat possible if the machines would be a family table as well, though mind that a good advice for family tables is that the instances should somehow be 90-95% the same construction. It's no use having 3/4/5 meter variations of assemblies in a family table when they contain a lot of different parts.