One very useful feature Solidworks was the ability to create "virtual" parts and assemblies within in an assembly. The way this worked, when working in a top level, I could create a new "virtual" part ( or assembly) and it only resided within the assembly that it was created in. It would not create a new part (or assembly) file on the drive until I purposely exported that file to my hard drive.
This would allow me to create new parts, without using up new part numbers, when im not sure I want to create the part. This feature has many other useful use cases.
Does anything like this reside within Solid Edge yet?
A video for those unfamiliar to the feature
@buckinghamd Solid Edge has something similar called Virtual Components. It is invoked by the Component Structure Editor on the Tools tab of Assembly. Have not used them for anything and have not investigated them in depth to know much about them, but the workflow is that you can create layout sketches, assign the sketches to the appropriate Virtual Component, and then when ready you can Publish the Virtual Components out to real files and thus replacing the Virtual Component with the new real one.
One of the use cases is the ability to create a copy of a part within an assembly without actually creating a new part. We use Teamcenter, so every new part needs to be uploaded to the server. If the part file was virtual, and not a real file, I could create a "copy" within an assembly and make changes as needed. Then when I am ready, I could then save the file out to a real part number.
Another case, Parts that do not have a definite shape. Like an o-ring that fits in an oddly shaped groove
Im playing with this now, and it doesnt seem to do much. I can only modify the structure of the tree. It doesnt seem to pull in the acutall parts to allow me to add them to the assembly.
@buckinghamd For parts you are not going to model like o-rings, paint, sealant, etc..., you can create a part file to represent it without graphics and can add that to your assy. See non-graphic parts in assembly: https://docs.plm.automation.siemens.com/tdoc/se/2019/se_help/#uid:ngrphc1a
As for the mirrored part, if it will eventually end up in TC, then why not create it in TC up front?