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Editing Assembly Structure

To modify the assembly structure:

  1. Click Tools > Reorganize Components.
  2. Select the components that you want to move, either in the FeatureManager design tree or in the graphics area. The selected components are listed in the Components to move box.

    All the components selected for a single operation must be at the same level in one parent assembly.

  3. Click the Destination assembly box, then click the appropriate assembly icon in the FeatureManager design tree.

    If any components or features will be deleted as a result of the move, the dialog box expands to display a list of the affected items. See Effects of Assembly Structure Editing .

  4. Click Move.

    The component icons appear at the end of the component section of the destination assembly.

Dragging Components to Edit the Assembly Structure

To reorganize components in subassemblies by dragging components:

  • Drag the component icon in the FeatureManager design tree, and drop it on the icon for the destination assembly (either the top-level assembly, or a subassembly at any level of the hierarchy).

    If the destination assembly is expanded, you can also drop the icon in the component section of the destination assembly. As you drag, watch for the pointer.
    To move multiple components at once, hold Ctrl as you select the icons. All the components selected for a move operation must be from the same level of a single assembly.

    If any components or features will be deleted as a result of the move, the Assembly Structure Editing dialog box appears, with a list of the affected items.

    If you are removing the last component of a subassembly, the empty subassembly is left in the FeatureManager design tree. If you want to move the last component up a level and remove the empty subassembly at the same time, dissolve the subassembly instead.

Changing the Order of Components

You can change the order of the components within a level of the assembly hierarchy.

By default, assembly components appear in the FeatureManager design tree in the order in which they are added. The same order is used in a bill of materials in a drawing of the assembly. By changing the order in the assembly, you can control the order in the bill of materials.

To change the order of components:

  • Drag and drop the icons in the FeatureManager design tree to rearrange the order. The component is placed below the icon where you drop it (the highlighted icon). Watch for the pointer.

    Drag and drop the icons in the FeatureManager design tree to rearrange the order. The component is placed below the icon where you drop it (the highlighted icon). Watch for the pointer.

    To place a component directly below a subassembly, press Alt to change from a reorganize operation (with the pointer) to a reorder operation.



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