No, there is no 'conversion'. However, most functions, such as the new 'Pattern Components' will allow the selection of legacy feature 'Instances' as well as 'Pattern Features'.for reference.
Thanks for the prompt reply. Yes I realized there would be no automatic conversion...
The reason I asked is - lets say if I have an instance array of Holes that I want to apply PMI Hole callouts...If its created using the pre NX8.5 Instance geometry feature, then I would have to individually add each hole instance feature - where as the new Pattern feature automatically adds the "instanced" geometry as associated objects.
Is there a quick way creating a dummy pattern feature on top of the old instance feature to get the PMI hole callout capability?
Yes, you can still use instance. But, you can't mix instance and pattern. Say you have a legacy file with 20 holes and need to add 1. The current holes are already clocked to proper position.
You can't add 1 hole without redoing the instance array and redoing all of the clocks.
If you put the new hole in with pattern, the qty. will not show up correctly using Feature Parameters in drafting.
I have mentioned this to our reseller with no response from Siemen's.
John - Can you elaborate what you mean by " the new 'Pattern Components' will allow the selection of legacy feature 'Instances' as well as 'Pattern Features'.for reference."
Starting with NX 9.0 we've replaced 'Component Arrays' with 'Pattern Components' which provides the same capabilities. That is, if the Component that you wish to 'Pattern' has already been constrained relative to something like a Hole feature that is a member of either a legacy 'Instance Feature' OR a new 'Pattern Feature', the Components will be automatically 'Patterned', one for each member of the referenced Instance/Pattern. And if the Component has not yet been constrained when asked to select a 'Reference' 'Pattern' you'll be able to select either an 'Instance Feature' or a 'Pattern Feature'.
The point I was trying to make was that when using the new (for NX 9.0) 'Pattern Component' capability, there is NO need to go back and replace any legacy 'Instance Features' with new 'Pattern Features' if you wish to use them as a 'reference' when patterning your newly added Components.
That sounds great for NX9 users, but what about NX8.5 users??
We just switched to NX8.5 and can't justify going to NX9 this quick.
In NX 8.5, when creating a 'Component Array', you can select either a legacy 'Feature Instance' or a new 'Pattern Feature' as the' Reference' and it will work just like the new' Pattern Component' does in NX 9.0.
My mistake, assemblies work fine.
I was talking about adding holes in a part. Still no easy work around to get the feature parameters in drafting to recognize both old 'Legacy Array' and new 'pattern' hole quantities, without a major remodel on die shoes.