We are making a weldment where we want to show the welded configuration and the machined configuration. What we are finding is that once we turn the assembly into a FOA and make either a sketch or feature (such as a hole) that we cannot connect to any edges or keypoints of any of the parts while in "sketch mode". I know recently @swertel said he makes a point not to use assembly features in FOA. In the past, we'd use the old .pwd templates. How else would we show a weldment with the weld in the fabrication stage and then separately show the machining (preferrably with the welds hidden for clarity). I was surprised when we placed a hole in one of the members that we could not set relationships or dimension for it from the edges of the part.
Here is what I did. Make an assembly and drop a part in. If you make a sketch or add a hole as an assembly feature, when adding dimensions or lines you can select keypoints of the part that was inserted. However, turn the assembly into a family or assemblies and now try to do the same thing. The edges are not available to select in a sketch.
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You could use the Insert Assembly Copy in a blank assy file for your "As Machined" version.
@KennyG Didn't think of that. Would definitely work as a workaround. Anyone know if this has always been the case with FOA? I'm hoping it's a bug that can be fixed.
A couple of things -
You have Peer locate on ?
Do you really need FOA to do this - in draft you have options to show/hide assembly features.
Would that work?