Know more about Sub-Part In ZW3D (Weekly tips #4)
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First, let us see where we can find the Sub-Part command in ZW3D.
How to understand this function in ZW3D.
In my word, Sub-Part works as feature folder to store features/operations, when you working on the sub-part environment, it seems that you are working on the virtual sub component, why we call it "virtual", it only generate the Sub-Part feature on the history manager but not any component on the assembly manager.
The following is the official explanation of Sub-Part
For example, I create two simple shapes in one part using two Sub-part to store those features, so from the image below, you can see that you just can see two features on the history manager . When you double click it, you can insert the Sub-Part environment to see the detailed operations.
Maybe you will ask me, what's the difference between Feature Folder? It seems that they are doing the same thing!
Feature folder only can be used to make specify features as a group, it can be used to manager the long history, to classify the long history to different folder can clear your mind. you can do this after finishing your modeling, and Feature folder support to store any continuous features
Sub-Part is not a virtual folder but is a real feature in the history, it store the features base on what the entity what you create in that environment, so it can't store any existed features by selecting.
What's more, using Sub-Part, you can enhance history playing speed, because it doesn't need to go through all features in Sub-part.
But If I really want to regenerate the features in the Sub-part, how I can do that?
With the clumsy way, we have to double click and activate it to do regeneration.
So what's the smart way to do that?
This option can be used to control the inner features of Sub-Part do do regeneration automatically
1. You can turn on it when inserting Sub-Part
2. You can turn on it by right click the Sub-Part feature on the history
There is a special mark
Finally, Let's go to see how we will get the Sub-Part feature on the history except direct use Insert Sub-Part command
2. Copy -> External part
3. Copy-> Geometry to Part
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