Derived Configurations

Derived configurations allow you to create a parent-child relationship within a configuration. By default, all parameters in the child configuration are linked to the parent configuration. If you change a parameter in the parent configuration, the change automatically propagates to the child.

Consider the following example. Part1 has three configurations:
  • Configurations A and C are top-level configurations.
  • Configuration B is a derived configuration of configuration A.

The following table shows the effect on configurations B and C when you change configuration A.
Change configuration A and apply the change to: Effect on configuration B Effect on configuration C
This Configuration Changes Does not change
Specify Configurations (specify configuration A) Changes Does not change
All Configurations Changes Changes
You can override any configurable parameter in the derived configuration so that the parameter is no longer linked to the parent. Activate the derived configuration and edit the parameter. The parameter changes in the derived configuration but not the parent, and the parameter is no longer linked.

SpeedPak for Large Assemblies

SpeedPak creates a derived configuration of an assembly without losing references. If you work with very large and complex assemblies, using a SpeedPak configuration can significantly improve performance. See SpeedPak for details.

Defeature Configurations

You can create a defeatured configuration for assemblies and parts . For more information, see Defeature and Defeature for Parts.