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Component Properties Dialog Box

View or change the properties of a component.

To open this dialog box:

  • In an assembly document, select a component and select Component Properties .

General properties

Component Name Displays the component name. By default, the component name is the same as the component's file name and is read-only.

To enter an alternate component name (without changing the component's file name), enable write-access by clicking Tools > Options > External References and clearing Update component names when documents are replaced. For more information, see Using Alternate Component Names.

Instance ID The instance is 1 for the first time the component is used in the assembly; if it is used more than once, each occurrence is assigned a consecutive instance identification number.
Full Name The combination of the Component Name and Instance ID. You can copy the full name from this box, and paste it into table cells when creating a design table.
Component Reference Lets you store a unique designator for each instance of a component. The value you enter here appears in braces { } at the end of the component name string in the FeatureManager design tree. For more information about component references, see Component References.
Spool Reference Lets you store a unique designator for each instance of a spool. The value you enter here appears in braces { } at the end of the spool name string in the FeatureManager design tree.
Component Description The description is read-only in this dialog box. You set it in the Summary Information dialog box of the component.
Model Document Path The path to the component document is displayed.

Display State specific properties

Hide Component Hides this instance of the component.
Referenced Display State Lists the component's available display states, with the active display state in bold type. To switch to another display state for this instance of the component, select another display state from the list.
Change display properties in Specifies which assembly display states to change. Select This display state, All display states, or Specify display state.

Configuration specific properties

The properties available depend on the type of assembly component you selected.

Referenced configuration Select a configuration from the list. If the selected component is an instance of a component pattern, select one of the following:

Use same configuration as pattern seed component

If the selected component is an instance of a component pattern, this is the default setting.

Use named configuration

Select to specify a configuration that is different from the seed component, and select a configuration from the list.

Change properties in (Only available in assemblies with more than one configuration.) Sets properties in This configuration, All configurations, or Specify configurations.
Suppression state Controls the suppression state of the component.


Removes the component from the assembly without deleting it. It is not loaded into memory, and it is no longer a functional member of the assembly.


Fully loads the component in memory. The component is fully functional and fully accessible.


(Not available for subassemblies set to Flexible.) Loads only a subset of the component's model data.

Solve as (Available only for subassemblies, not parts.) Sets the subassembly as:


Prevents movement of the subassembly's components relative to each other. The subassembly acts as a single unit.


(Not available for lightweight subassemblies.) Allows movement of the subassembly's components relative to each other. Components can move within their degrees of freedom according to their mates. See Flexible Subassemblies.

Flexible applies only to the active configuration.

Envelope Makes the component an envelope. Exclude from bill of materials also becomes selected, because envelopes are never included in the bill of materials.
Exclude from bill of materials Omits this component from the bill of materials (BOM). Applies to only table-based BOMs, not Excel-based BOMs. This option is automatically selected when Envelope is selected.

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