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Save as External Part

You can save a virtual component to an external file. The Save As dialog box appears when:
  • You close an assembly that contains unsaved virtual components.
  • You right-click a virtual component and select Save Part(in External File).
    You can rename the part before saving by right-clicking it and selecting Rename Part.

To save a virtual component:

  • Set the following options in the dialog box, and then click OK.
    Option Description
    Save internally(inside the assembly) The component continues to be saved inside the assembly file as a virtual component.
    Save externally(specify paths) The component is saved in its own file outside of the assembly file. You specify the path to the file location.
    File Name Lists the name of the virtual component.
    Path Lists the path to the file location. Select an item in File Name, and then use these buttons to change the path:

    Same As Assembly

    Sets the location of the component file to be the same as the location of the assembly file.

    Specify Path

    Opens the Browse for Folder dialog box, so you can browse to the location where you want to store the file.

    Internal To Assembly

    Changes Path back to <save internal to assembly>.

    When you click OK, the component is saved to the specified folder. Because it is no longer a virtual component, square brackets no longer appear around the component name in the FeatureManager design tree.

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