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Importing models (Step, IGS) best practices.

joepjoep Member, csevp Posts: 25 PRO
I imported a Step file into a part studio and plan to use the geometry to create tooling. The tool will consist of multiple parts. 
As in most cases with imported models the Step file is imported it is not located in the desired location i.e. origin,top,right, front etc. This in return will cause issues if I want to create a drawing. I do not want to use the "named views" as a workaround a someone else suggested in the forum. 

What is a recommended best practice?
  1. In the parts studio: Add "mate connectors" and transform the imported (Step) model to the desired location and design the tooling?
  2. In Assembly: Import the (Step) file and locate the model in the desired location and design the tooling in context?
  3. In part studio: Use a derived part method, it uses more resources?
Any advise/insight would be appreciated.

Best Regards,

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    bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 842 EDU
    edited November 2017
    I agree with @owen_sparks for anytime it is OK to move the part relative to 'world'.   

    However, much of the time we continue to need what was discussed in this thread (something like 'update standard views' in SW  - https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/comment/23819#Comment_23819 
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    owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,660 PRO
    Hmm, sounds like we want some check boxes:- "show in world/assembly view" or "show in local part view".

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    joepjoep Member, csevp Posts: 25 PRO
    Thanks guys! Option 1 it is.
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