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Copy a Part that becomes "Stand Alone"?? (Has it's own Sketches-Features). Or a Boolean.

christopher_owenschristopher_owens Member Posts: 235 ✭✭
edited July 2015 in Community Support
I tried this and it didn't do what I (again) assumed from the Help...

  • Copy in place - make a copy of the part at the same location; this creates a separate and independent part enabling you to:

    - Make changes to one part and use both to create different bodies during a later operation.

    - Make a copy of a part prior to a series of operations enabling you to reference the original state for ancillary operations.

    - Create multiple copies of a part in order to create multiple variants.

    Tip: If you need to create multiple copies of a part at once, use the Pattern feature with a distance of 0 (zero).

  • Scale uniformly - Scale a part by a specific factor and select a point to scale about; optionally copy the part

The copied part is still driven of the features used to create the original. For example to Delete a Fillet. The Fillet disappeared from both parts. I tried a Linear Pattern then Scale in Place one of the parts. When I changed the Original Part... the scaled part changed per it's scale factor. Sooo you can add features but not modify or delete previous features (so it seems). So if I have a relatively complex part and wanted another one with a different wall thickness... hmmm... have to use a lot of Move Surface. I guess you could use the Rollback Bar, if everything is in a good order...or just start over! (I wanted to remove a fillet and resize Boolean tool.) I see the word "prior" in the Help now. I'll just have to "recreate" the part at this point. Unless I missed the Copy and Paste in a new Parts Studio update!

ps. I'll add the Boolean-Merge-"Keep Tools" and Make Boolean "Stand Alone" to this.

Basically I have many Parts in a Parts Studio that I want to Mix-n-Match to create versions that I would then Boolean-Merge ( and Hollow?) and Export STLs from for the different versions... or scale/rotate those to fit onto a 3D Printer. Or create support material within.

Tips n Techniques!??


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    christopher_owenschristopher_owens Member Posts: 235 ✭✭
    edited July 2015
    I'll add an image of the "finished" part. The customer made some overall suggestions on CADCrowd about what he really wanted. Sooo now I want to redesign this one Intake Part. So I thought I would Copy it to save this one and make some redesign. Nope! When I tried just removing the small radius on the "nose" of the original Part... the copy lost the radius also. So, OK, start over. Now the issue is the original is a Boolean-Merge, so I "lost" the tool parts used for that! Sooo... I guess I can Rollback to where I have all the tool parts and copy them also! Buuuut... I can't change those any or ALL the Booleans will change. This is where I would like the Boolean-Merge ; Keep Tools ; Stand Alone options!! Or the Copy and Paste to new Parts Studio with all that took to make that Boolean...hmm. As I use Onshape more and become more use to the work flows (instead of just running ahead while learning!) I can better "plan ahead" for these "opportunities"!

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    christopher_owenschristopher_owens Member Posts: 235 ✭✭
    I did locate the Loft that created my "lost" part. What if there was a "Use" or "Recreate" option in this menu??? Then I could make a new Part without a lot of hassle!

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    christopher_owenschristopher_owens Member Posts: 235 ✭✭
    @lana As I use Onshape more and more I learn things like saving versions and branching! I'll have to read up on those and learn/"plan ahead" when to use them. At the moment I am "going where I have not gone before" and then wondering how to "fix" things!
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