Multibody - How to save out a single body to .stp, .stl?
Hello everyone and welcome to another blog post in this multibody blog series.
This is a mini-post based on a question that I received: “If I have a designed a multibody model, how can I save out a single body to STEP , .STL or any other format?”
The answer is pretty straightforward and involves either the remove-body feature (see blog post #10) or construction bodies (see blog post #13) or derived models (see blog post #12 and later).
Remove all other bodies using the remove-body feature
Export(“Save A Copy”) the model to your desired format
Undo the remove / delete the remove-body feature / suppress the remove-body feature
Set all other bodies to “Construction body”
Invoke Export(“Save A Copy”) the model to your desired format
Open the “Options”-menu in the “Save A Copy” dialog and ensure the Construction Body checkbox is unchecked
Finishing the operation will then only save the remaining (non-construction) body
The problem here might be that you need to remember which bodies to unset as construction afterwards if applicable
Create a derived model that only contains the body to be saved
The easiest way to do this would be to select the body and then invoke “Create part from body” from the right mouse button menu. This creates a new part only containing the selected body allowing you to export it on its own
Create new part and bring the desired body into the new part manually by using the “External Copy Geometry” feature