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Insert Components/Begin Assembly PropertyManager

Use this PropertyManager to add components to assemblies.

The name of the PropertyManager depends on whether you are creating a new assembly or working in an existing assembly.

To open the Insert Components PropertyManager:
  • In an existing assembly, click Insert Components (Assembly toolbar) or Insert > Component > Existing Part/Assembly.
To open the Begin Assembly PropertyManager:
  • Create a new assembly document by clicking New (Standard toolbar) or File > New.
Create Layout (Available when creating a new assembly.) Creates a layout sketch.
Part/Assembly to Insert Lists previously saved documents that are currently open. Select a part or assembly from the list, or click Browse to open an existing document.

Thumbnail Preview

Displays previews of components you select under Part/Assembly to Insert.


Start command when creating new assembly Select to open the Begin Assembly PropertyManager when you create a new assembly. Clear if your first assembly task is commonly something other than inserting components or creating a layout.
Graphics preview Select to see a preview of the selected document in the graphics area under your pointer.
Make Virtual Makes the component you are inserting virtual. Making a component virtual breaks the link to the external component file and stores the component definition inside the assembly file. Exception: If the external file is a derived part, the virtual component retains references to the parent of that part. You can manually break these external references in the virtual part.
Envelope Makes the component you are inserting an envelope component.

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