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Feature Scope in Assemblies

When you create an assembly feature, you specify which components you want the feature to affect. You can also specify to add the feature to the part file for each affected component.

Pattern features inherit the feature scope from their seed feature.

Set the following options under Feature Scope in the PropertyManager:

Feature Scope

  All components Applies the feature to all components in the model every time the feature regenerates. If you add new components to the model that are intersected by the feature, these new components are also regenerated to include the feature.
  Selected components Applies the feature to the components you select. If you add new components to the model that you want the feature to affect, you need to use Edit Feature to edit the feature, select those components, and to add them to the list of selected components. If you do not add the new components to the list of selected components, they remain intact.
  Propagate feature to parts Adds the feature to the part file for each affected component. If you pattern the feature in the assembly, the pattern feature also propagates to the part file. In the part, external references to the assembly feature are created, and the feature appears at the bottom of the part's FeatureManager design tree. For sketch-based features, a derived sketch is created in the part as well. You edit the feature in the context of the assembly. If you want to edit the feature from within the part document, you must first break the external references.
In the part document, you can right-click the feature and select Make Independent to break the reference.
  Auto-select (Available if you click Selected components). Automatically selects all components intersected by the feature. Auto-select is faster than All components because when you make changes to the feature, only the components on the initial list are regenerated (instead of all components in the model). If you click Selected components and clear Auto-select, you must select the components in the graphics area you want to include.
Components to Affect (Available if you clear Auto-select). Select the components to affect in the graphics area.

Editing the Feature Scope

To edit the feature scope:

  1. Right-click the feature in the FeatureManager design tree and select Edit Feature.
  2. Make changes under Feature Scope in the PropertyManager, then click .

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