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Smart Components

You create Smart Components from components that you use frequently that require the addition of associated components and features. Examples:

  • A connector with mounting screws, nuts, screw holes, and a cutout

  • A retaining ring with a groove

  • A motor with bolts and mounting holes

When you make a component smart, you associate the other components and features with the Smart Component. When you insert the Smart Component into an assembly, you can choose whether or not to insert the associated components and features. The following features can be associated with a Smart Component:

  • Extruded bosses and cuts

  • Revolved bosses and cuts

  • Simple holes

  • Hole Wizard holes

You can map configurations of the Smart Component to configurations of the associated components and features.

You can add auto-sizing capability to cylindrical Smart Components. When you insert the Smart Component onto a cylindrical component, the size of the Smart Component adjusts to fit the cylindrical component.

Creating Smart Components

You define a Smart Component in a defining assembly. The following data is captured in the component as a Smart Feature :

  • External references to the files of associated components.

  • Information to create associated features.

  • Information to reconstruct the defining assembly.

After you establish the component as smart, you no longer need the files for the defining assembly or for the parts that contain the associated features. You do still need the files of associated components. See Creating Smart Components .

Examining the Definition of Smart Components

You examine the definition of a Smart Component in the Smart Component document, where all the defining data is stored. See Creating Smart Components.

Inserting Smart Components into Assemblies

You insert a Smart Component into an assembly and position it with mates, exactly as you do for any other component. Then you activate the Smart Feature , and choose the associated components and features to add. See Inserting Smart Components into Assemblies .

Editing the Definition of Smart Components

You edit the definition of the Smart Component by reconstructing a temporary assembly from the defining data stored in the Smart Component document. See Edit Definition of Smart Components.

 



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