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Importing vendor parts in STEP

bill_danielsbill_daniels Member Posts: 277 ✭✭✭
Import is great and I use it a lot to import parts.  However, I do have a question on how to manage the data.

If I import, say, an air cylinder from Bimba, I get an assembly and a bunch of part studios for each component of the air cylinder which really clutters up the tabs bar.  Another example is ball bearings from SKF which come over with part studios for each ball in the bearing.  If I delete the part studios, I wreck the assembly. 

I'd really like to get just the assembly and not a bunch of part studios I have no interest in.  Is there a handy way to do this?


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    NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 5,472
    Hi @bill_daniels - during the import process you will be asked to "flatten" the assembly. This will insert all the parts into 1 Part Studio. The best thing to do then is to create an assembly, insert the entire Part Studio, then group ALL the parts together so they don't move relative to each other when you insert this subassembly into your top level assembly. Then for housekeeping, create a folder (+ menu bottom left) then hide all the tabs you don't want to see in there.

    Senior Director, Technical Services, EMEAI
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    3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,470 PRO
    That seems to be the case in many imports: import with flatten, create new assembly, rename assembly according to import, insert whole studio, group all.

    Maybe that could be automated option in import dialog?
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