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Defeature - Components, Bodies

For assemblies, you can specify components to remove from the model. For multibody parts, you can specify bodies to remove from the model.

To open the Components or Bodies page of the Defeature PropertyManager, do one of the following:

  • In an assembly, click Defeature (Tools toolbar) or Tools > Defeature.

    The PropertyManager opens to the Components page.

  • In a multibody part, click Defeature (Tools toolbar) or Tools > Defeature.

    The PropertyManager opens to the Bodies page.

This screen is also used by the Export to AEC wizard. To display it in this context:

  1. Open the Export to AEC wizard by clicking Tools > Export to AEC.
  2. Complete the fields on the Export to AEC - Type and Orientation screen and click Next .
  3. On the Export to AEC - Specify Export Details screen, for Set Target Model Details, select Custom, then click Next .


Provides methods for specifying which components or bodies to remove.

Internal components / Internal bodies Removes all components or bodies not visible from outside the model.
Small components (percent of assembly size) / Small bodies (percent of part size) Removes all components or bodies, both external and internal, that are smaller than a specified percentage of the size of the model's bounding box. Enter a number in Percent.
Selected components / Selected bodies Removes components or bodies you select in the graphics area or FeatureManager design tree. Selected items are listed in Components to Remove / Bodies to Remove .
Display Controls the display of items while on this page of the PropertyManager. Select one of the following:

Show all

Shows all items.

Hide removed components / bodies

Hides items to be removed. Shows items to be retained.

Hide others

Shows items to be removed. Hides items to be retained.

Transparent others

Shows items to be removed. Displays transparently items to be retained.

When you click Next , the display reverts to Hide removed components / Hide removed bodies.


Lets you manually select components or bodies to retain which would otherwise be removed according to the settings above.

Components to Retain / Bodies to Retain Retains components or bodies you select in the graphics area or FeatureManager design tree.

Section View

Lets you see and select internal components or bodies.

  Reference Section Plane/Face Specifies the plane or face to use to section the model. Select a plane or face, or click Front , Top , or Right to create the section view. Reverse Section Direction flip_dir.png Button changes the direction of the cut.
Offset Distance Offsets the section from the reference plane by a specified distance.
X Rotation Rotates the section plane along the X-axis.
Y Rotation Rotates the section plane along the Y-axis.
In the FeatureManager design tree, you can right-click Defeature and click Edit Feature , Save Result, Upload to 3DCC, or Delete.

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