Using the Defeature Tool

Use the Defeature tool to remove details from assemblies, multibody parts, and single-body parts.

Save the details to a new file where the details are replaced by dumb solids. Dumb solids are solids without feature definition or history. You can share the new file without revealing the design details of the model.
Before After

You can save the less-detailed model to a separate file and maintain references to the original part or assembly.

The options that you select in the PropertyManager are saved in the original model. You can publish the fully detailed model containing the Defeature options to your Supplier Services account on 3D ContentCentral. You can specify that details be removed when customers configure and download the model.

To use the Defeature tool:

  1. Click Defeature (Tools toolbar) or Tools > Defeature.
    The PropertyManager has multiple pages. Different pages are available depending on the type of model.
    Assembly Multibody Part Single-body Part Page Description
        Components Specifies components to remove.
        Bodies Specifies bodies to remove.
        Motion Defines groups of components from which you remove details. Motion is allowed between groups, but not between components within a group.
    To Keep Specifies items to retain that might otherwise be removed.
    To Remove Specifies items to remove that are not automatically removed.
    Feature Removal Complete Saves the less-detailed model in a separate file or publishes the model to 3D ContentCentral. Allows you to link the defeatured model to the original.
  2. Specify options in the PropertyManager.
    Click Next and Back to move between pages.
  3. On the Feature Removal Complete page, click .
    The Defeature options are saved in the original model. Defeature appears in the FeatureManager design tree. If you selected to save the model to a separate file, the Save As dialog box appears.
    In the FeatureManager design tree, you can right-click Defeature and click Edit Feature , Save Result, Upload to 3DCC, or Delete.