Hello NS2, Who in the company structure wants to do two different parts under the same(and insane) ID system? Is it company owner, engineering manager, account manager, or !!!! production manager, !!! Inventory Manager, !!! Raw Material Purchaser and !!!!!! Machinist who has to know what material to use, in quantities, when etc. Oh my god. Check with them! Time of the so many great and smart people wasted here.
And WHAT ABOUT PART COPY OF 1st full features part into the 2nd which has the same geometry and updates immediately to the features of the first 'master' part. It takes 20 seconds and all smart managers above will be happy except the Special Person Behind This Idea.
How do you identify these parts on the inventory shelf and how do you install these 2 different parts, possibly looking exactly same, on the assembly line to machine the right way? 3D CAD has to mirror the real life situation etc. Bit harsh but it needs to be said and done!