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Is there any way to updated linked parts in an assembly when the parts have moved to a new document?

tim_hess427tim_hess427 Member Posts: 131 PRO
I had several parts in a single document and used them to build an assembly in other document. After building the assembly, I decided that I wanted to put some of the parts in their own documents (to start building out a part library). However, after moving the parts to their own document, I don't see any way to tell my assembly that the parts still exist, but just in a new location. Is there any way I can link my assembly to the parts in the new document without rebuilding everything manually?

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  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 2,266
    I don't see any way to tell my assembly that the parts still exist
    The assembly should just know where those parts were moved to - are you not seeing this? What happened to the assembly?
    Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.
  • tim_hess427tim_hess427 Member Posts: 131 PRO
    When I open the assembly, I see the little blue icons. So, I right-clicked and selected update to latest version (I did this with the first item in the list). After updating, the item turns red and I get a message the says "has error: Failed to resolve element" when hovering over the part. 


  • tim_hess427tim_hess427 Member Posts: 131 PRO
    @bradley_sauln - When I try to update the linked parts, I don't see the same blue box you're showing in your picture. I'm just prompted to update to a new version of the document that doesn't hold the part anymore (V2). 

  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 2,266
    @tim_hess427

    @bradley_sauln and I have just been discussing this. Here is the sequence of events that cause your error:

    1. Create part in doc 1
    2. Version doc 1
    3. Assemble part into doc 2
    4. Move part to another doc (3)
    5. Version doc 1 
    6. Assembly shows blue icon
    7. Update linked doc - gets your error because the latest version of doc 1 no longer contains the part

    At step 7, click on the link as shown in Brad's post above to rectify the issue. It is not clear immediately what the issue is and I agree the wording should be clearer.


    Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.
  • tim_hess427tim_hess427 Member Posts: 131 PRO
    @NeilCooke - I think we were typing at the same time. For some reason, I'm not seeing the same "update to new document" link that @bradley_sauln shows in his picture. 
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 2,266
    edited November 2018
    @tim_hess427 - can you rollback your assembly and try again? I tried it from scratch and it worked ok for me.

    Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.
  • tim_hess427tim_hess427 Member Posts: 131 PRO
    I've tried two things:
    1. I have rolled the assembly back and tried updating the parts again, but I still don't see the "Update to new document" option. 
    2. I replicated the same process using a different assembly and different parts, and this time I DID see the "Update to new document" link, like you show. I even tried this with different combinations of creating versions, not creating versions, moving things in a different order, moving things to different folders, etc, and it worked correctly every time. 
    So, it looks like I'm either accidentally doing something wrong or found some sort of bug. 
  • tim_hess427tim_hess427 Member Posts: 131 PRO
    @NeilCooke and @bradley_sauln - I have submitted feedback and shared my document with support through the app. I'll mark this question answered as it looks like I'm either doing something incorrectly or encountered a bug. Either way, it looks like there is a way to link to a new document when a part moves, which is what I needed to know!

    Thanks for the help. 
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