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Forming a New Assembly from Existing Components

You can form a subassembly from components that are already in the assembly, thereby moving the components down one level in the assembly hierarchy.

It is a good idea to position and mate at least one of the components before you begin, then select that component first.

To form a new assembly from existing components:

  1. Select the components (individual parts or subassemblies) that you want to group into a subassembly. Hold the Ctrl key while you select. All the components must be at the same level within a single parent assembly.

  2. Right-click one of the selected components, and select Form New Subassembly.

    - or -

    Click Insert, Component, Assembly from [Selected] Components.

  3. If the Save As dialog box appears, browse to a different folder if needed, enter a File name, and click Save. A new assembly document is saved in the folder you specify. The Save As dialog box appears only if Save new components to external files is selected in Tools > Options > Assemblies.

    A new subassembly is inserted at the level where the selected components were located, and the components are moved into the new subassembly.



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