3. To send 3D models to our subcontractors, we hide all parts they don't have to make and export the top level assembly to STEP with the 'Export displayed only' option active.
Some sub-contractors use Solid Edge however and prefer native files. Is there an easier way to perform a 'Save displayed only'?
The Tip: Just save a copy of the assembly, then delete out the unwanted parts. Finally, use "Pack and Go" for sending out the data set.
One thing to watch is if you make use of Part Copies, or Inter-Part Copies, although will have link errors, this information will also be present in those files. So exporting via a neutral format, such as STEP, is still the best way to strip all of that out, in one easy step.