I have a file that I am importing from another program.
This file has the same component in it multiple times but in different places.
This component is a simple sphere but it was created in an "art" modeling program so it has tons of faces. I'd like to simplify it by replacing it with a simple sphere.
These spheres (beads) make up a 3d sculpture
of a swan.
In Keycreator (Cadkey), there is a command that finds
duplicate solids and replaces them all this the same part. I keeps the same relative postition too.
Is there anyway to do this in SE? when I "replace" component it move the position. I want to keep the layout of the parts but have it be made of 1 part repeated.
I am not able to reproduce the problem you described.
Can you attach an image of the end result after replacing the spheres ?
See this video below if it helps: I tried this with an imported assembly as well and it worked fine.
I think it is do to the origin placement in the imported part.
The origin is offset in each part so the replacement doesn't match up.
I was just going to suggest that the origin is the problem. It must be in the same position as the original model or else it will shift according to the offset when you do a replace.
@Tushar, if these are the results from his original file wouldn't it follow that there would be no offset with a replace if the replacement spheres are also on 0,0,0?
Bruce, I am with you on this and thinking about the issue whole day.
Irrespective of the method the assembly was modeled in the originating CAD program, multibody or assembly or single part, once imported into Solid Edge and recognized as an assembly, I expect each part to 'know' where it is standing or 'floating' in the 3D space wrt the Base coord sys.
Yes the coord's seems to be the issue. I wish two things to make importing better.
1. To be able to recognize that the same body it used in multiple places. Even if it does recongnize the pattern behind it.
2. Have the Relative coord's from the center of the mass ane the origin.
This would make import assemblies easier, for sure.