This is what I am trying to do but I cannot get the dimensions to remain attached:
I have tried using 'Design Manager' with 'replace part' and also 'Edit links' in the draft document. Neither have been successful.
If there is a way of doing this simply so that it can be done every time I need to important an updated geometry that would be great please
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The short answer is no. Different parts have different IDs and will lose relational connections to dimensions, etc. except for certain cases where you do a save as from the original parts.
OK I will try it the 3rd time (see extra post "Where are my answers?")
After explaining why I think that there will be no clear and easy solution to that question I think I've found at least a little help, to solve something:
It is using the "Create 3D" functionallity in the draft environement.
See video (hopefully) showing my test using a part, with a drawing, exporting it to parasolid and dxf
Then importing back them into a new part and a new drawing from which I send back the draft info into the part.
Then using the "Reattach PMI " what will connect dims to same exiting geometry if possible.
Only changed areas can not be used for reattahing.
For me it is clear, that due to changes in the topology of the model (face item numbers will be totally different) after import new step model, this approach at least can help a little bit.