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Mirror Part

Mirror Part creates a mirrored version of an existing part. This is a good way to create a left-hand version and a right-hand version of a part. Because the mirrored version is derived from the original version, the two parts always match.


This type of mirroring produces a different result than using a mirror pattern.

To create a mirrored, derived part:

  1. In an open part document, click a model face or plane about which to mirror the part.

  2. Click Insert, Mirror Part.

    A new part window appears. The Insert Part PropertyManager appears.

  3. In the PropertyManager, select one or more items:

  • Solid bodies.  Inserts the solid bodies.

  • Surface bodies. Transfers surfaces.

  • Axes. Transfers the axis information.

  • Planes. Transfers all planes from the original part.

  • Cosmetic Threads. Transfers cosmetic threads.

  • Absorbed sketches. Inserts absorbed sketches from the inserted part.

  • Unabsorbed sketches. Inserts unabsorbed sketches from the inserted part.

  • Custom properties. Transfers all custom properties that have been defined for the part that is being mirrored.

  • Coordinate systems. Inserts the coordinate system of the inserted part into the derived part. You can use the coordinates of the two parts to create a mate by selecting Locate Part under Launch move dialog and aligning the axes of the coordinate systems.

  • Model dimensions. Imports model dimensions of the inserted part into the mirrored part.

  • Hole wizard data. Transfers data about the source part's Hole Wizard holes, so that the data is available in drawings of the derived part.

  1. Optionally, if you want to independently edit the features of the mirrored part without affecting the original part, under Link, click Break link to original part.

You can also break the link to the original part later by listing the mirrored part's external references and selecting Break All.

Once you break the link to the original, you cannot restore it.

  1. Click .

The mirrored part appears.

Related Topics

Derived Parts


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