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Best practices for showing dimensions of derivative models on a drawing?

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Best practices for showing dimensions of derivative models on a drawing?

I have a need to display (show) dimensions on drawings of models who are children of other models where the design intent including dimensions is captured. These scenarios would include the master model merge technique, inheritance features, and copy geometry implementations. These modeling paradigms offer value in many respects but fall short when creating drawings. For the purposes of discussion assume there is one parent model propagating design intent (dimensions/annotations) to one derivative (child) model. Most of the dimensions are within features.

 

If the dimensions are defined in the master model is there any method to leverage the design intent in the master when creating a drawing of the derivative models? Ideally I would like to be able to show dimensions in the parent model when the active drawing model is the derivative part of said master. I have not seen a way to do this documented to date.

 

I have been using annotation dimensions to replicate the dimensions of interest in derivative models but that is extra work that is redundant and does not leverage the design intent already captured upstream of the derivative models.

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