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Do mate connectors serve a purpose in parts studio other than...?

navnav Member Posts: 258 ✭✭✭✭
edited August 2015 in Using Onshape
Hi guys besides locate and orient part instances with respect to each other in the assembly tab, do mate connectors serve a purpose in the parts studio only, meaning can they be used somehow in the parts studio ? Thanks.

Reason I`m asking is to better and easily position of the derived parts instead of using the transform tool.  
https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/1388/derived-parts-studio-feature#latest

But again Parts Studio will become assembly I guess with something like this, not sure if I remember correctly someone I believe said we can get rid of the assembly tab by how the workflow is in OS... :)
Nicolas Ariza V.
Indaer -- Aircraft Lifecycle Solutions
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    navnav Member Posts: 258 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2015
    Thanks a lot @cody_armstrong didn't know I could do that.
    Nicolas Ariza V.
    Indaer -- Aircraft Lifecycle Solutions
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    brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, User Group Leader Posts: 2,138 PRO
    nav said:

    But again Parts Studio will become assembly I guess with something like this, not sure if I remember correctly someone I believe said we can get rid of the assembly tab by how the workflow is in OS... :)
    You can Flatten an assembly by exporting to a para-solid and back in as a part studio but you loose links. 
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    traveler_hauptmantraveler_hauptman Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Developers Posts: 419 PRO
    Mate connectors are coordinate systems. I'll bet the non-mating uses of them expands as Onshape matures.

    I think it's better to have one coordinate system primitive and teach people to create mates between coordinate systems than have a second coordinate system primitive called something else and have people learn yet another primitive. I know it doesn't sound as flash but I think flattening the learning curve is more important.
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