Editing a Part in an Assembly Design Context 

This task shows you how to edit a Part (CATPart) in Assembly Design context. See Design in Assembly Context for more information.
Open the ManagingComponents01.Product document.
  1. Click on the + sign to the left of the CRIC_SCREW (CRIC_SCREW.1) component in the specification tree.


The CATProduct is identified by the Product document icon.

  1. Double-click on the CRIC_SCREW to open the Part Design workbench.

Do not mistake the Product document (CATProduct) for the Part document (CATPart).
The CATPart is identified by the Part Design document icon.
If the Product document containing the Part document is set to Visualization Mode, editing the Part document switch automatically the Product document to Design Mode. This is not an Assembly Design behavior because the Design Mode is the only mode for Part document.


The Part Design workbench is displayed.

  1. Click on the + sign to the left of Part Body.

  1. Double-click the feature you need to edit. For example, double-click on Pad2 to display the Pad Definition dialog box. You can then enter the parameters of your choice.

For information about Part Design and the Sketcher, please refer to Part Design User's Guide and Dynamic Sketcher User's Guide respectively.

  1. Once you have edited the part, double-click on ManagingComponents01 to return into Assembly Design workbench. The specification tree remains unchanged.

  1. Double-click on the part CRIC_SCREW to open Part Design workbench again.

  1. Select any circular face of CRIC_BRANCH1 and enter the Sketcher workbench.

  1. Create a circle and set a coincidence constraint for example:

  1. Exit from the Sketcher and double-click on ManagingComponents01 to return into Assembly Design workbench.


Assembly Design workbench is then displayed and a green wheel is added to CRIC_SCREW in the tree to represent the contextual nature of the component: .
Note however that this symbol is displayed only if the option Keep link with selected object is selected. For more information, please refer to Part Design User's Guide.

Contextual components are considered as the children of the components used for their creation. This means that if you delete these support components, you need to consider if you wish to delete contextual components or not. Remember, you can choose to delete affected elements by checking the Delete all children option in the Delete dialog box.

Copy/Paste As Special command

  If you wish to apply the Copy > Paste As Special command to parts included into your assembly, remember the following: if you have already used the As Result With Link option when pasting Part.1 onto Part.2, you then cannot paste Part.2 onto Part.1 using the As Result With Link option. An error message is issued informing you that a cycle has been detected. For more about Copy > Paste As Special command, please refer to Infrastructure User's Guide.