Inserting Features into a New Body

These tasks show you how to restructure your specifications tree by gathering two or more features into a new body. Depending on your geometry, this operation may affect the part's final shape or not.
For example, open the Publish.CATPart document.
  1. Multiselect Pad.1, Pad.2 and Draft.1 as the features you want to group in a new body.
    These features must belong to the same body or part body and they must be consecutive in the tree. The selection order does not matter.

  2. Select Insert > Insert in new body.
    Likewise, you can use the Insert in new... contextual command or simply click Assemble Features in the Insert toolbar.
    The new body is created at the location of the feature that was first on the list. You can edit the properties of this new body that behaves like any other body.


A Few Recommendations

Contextual Features

  • Among the features you select, you cannot select a contextual feature as the first feature in the tree. 'Contextual features' refer to features whose geometry depend on other features. For example, fillets depend on other features.
  • If your selection includes a contextual feature but not its parent (or 'support'), you cannot use the Assemble in New Body capability.

'Up to ...' Features

  • Among the features you select, you cannot select an 'up to ...' feature as the first feature in the tree.
  • If your selection includes an 'up to ...' feature but not its parent, the application warns you that you can either quit the command or validate the selection bearing in mind that the capability can modify the geometry. To perform the scenario illustrating that, open the Insert.CATPart document.
The part is composed of three pads, one of which 'Pad.3' was created using the Up to next option.
  1. Multiselect Pad.2 and Pad.3.

  2. Select Insert >Assemble in New Body.
    A warning message is issued indicating that the operation may result in an update error or modifications to the geometry.

  3. If you wish to give up, click No. For the purposes of our scenario, click Yes.
    You obtain a modified part.