Message 1 of 6
In doing so some operations lose their associativity in my assembly; ie, alignment and texture attributes.
The mirrored feature was created as a component file in order to maintain an accurate BOM (left and right).
I'd like to know if there's a way to keep these operations associated in my assembly or should I put this on my wish list for the next CAD development revolution.
Message 2 of 6
Message 3 of 6
The component mirror command does work correctly. It should only be required if you genuinely require a "handed" object. For example, lets say you have inserted a bolt into a fastener hole in your assembly. You have another fastener position and wish to use the same bolt. That is the key - it must be the same component (Part Object) in order to truely be the same bolt. So, you have some choices - instance the same bolt into the assembly again but this time placed at the other hole, or you could use any pattern copy method. The result in your BOM will be "Bolt, quantity 2".
The time you will need to mirror a component is when the part is "handed". For example, you have a specially shaped bracket on the left-hand-side of your assembly. You need a similar bracket design for the right-hand-side, but the left-hand bracket could not be installed there - you need a right-handed version, which is a mirror. This is very often the case in motor vehicle and aircraft structures (e.g., the right-hand wing assembly of an aircraft is mostly a mirror of the left-hand wing). So, we have established that a mirrored component is a seperate Part Object in it's own right, it will require it's own manufacturing data (even if that data is largely a reference to it's handed cousin). The result in your BOM will be "Left Hand Bracket, quantity 1, Right Hand Bracket, quantity 1".
Message 4 of 6
My question is what is the benefit of using mirror "component" and loosing associativity vs creating a file, adding a component, and mirror "shape" which has no loss of associativity when updated?
Message 5 of 6
I'm sorry but I will need more details from you (a simple example file, note of the VX version you are using). The system should not be overwriting the mirror in the way you describe, it is technically a refresh of the Part Object that is automatically created by the mirror. However, it could be you - there should be no aligns associated with the mirror object until after the mirror in history.
Message 6 of 6
Well, cancel that request! I have reproduced the problem, a definite bug, sorry. The work-around to, say, make a RHS bracket from a LHS bracket:
1) Create a new Part Object for the LHS Bracket;
2) Use Insert Component Merge to bring in the RHS Bracket;
3) Mirror Shape.
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