Modeling Routes as External or Virtual Files

You can create routing files, such as the route subassembly and route parts, as external or virtual components.

You can create new route subassemblies and route parts as virtual components. These components are internal to the assembly and are not separate assembly or part files. You can delete or rename virtual components. You can also save the virtual components as external to the assembly, and convert external components to virtual components.

You can set this option in Tools > Options > System Options > Routing by:
  • Clearing Save route assembly externally.
  • Clearing Save route parts externally.
  • Clearing Use automatic naming for route parts.
Using virtual components is useful for developing concept work in assemblies, but it is not recommended. This technique limits data management and reuse.