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Mirror Components (KB13103025)

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Mirror Components

In SOLIDWORKS components can be added to an assembly by mirroring existing components. The mirrored components can be a copy or an opposite-hand version of the seed components.

If a mirror component exists that does not require to be driven the seed component and mirror will be used in it's existing state in any variation generated by DriveWorks.

The mirror component feature should only be used when the mirror component is a true copy or mirror of the seed component. If the mirror component could differ from the seed we recommend creating and capturing an independent component.

SOLIDWORKS versions prior to 2010

When using SOLIDWORKS versions earlier than SOLIDWORKS 2010 mirrored components will not update when the seed component is changed by DriveWorks.

When creating a mirror component the mirror can be a copy or an opposite-hand version of the seed components.

  • Copy

A new instance of the seed component is added to the assembly. The geometry of the copied component is identical to the seed component, only the orientation of the component is different. So when the seed component is captured and driven by DriveWorks the copied instance will have identical geometry.

  • Create Opposite-Hand Version

A new document or new configuration is created in the SOLIDWORKS assembly.

  • Create new files

This will create a new file with links to the seed component. When the new seed component is generated by DriveWorks a new name is given to the resulting component, and the reference to the mirror component is lost. Therefore do not use this option if the mirror component is required to be driven by DriveWorks.

  • Create new derived configuration in existing files

This will create a new derived configuration in the seed component. Any changes made to the seed component will be reflected in the derived configuration. This option is recommended when mirror components are required to be driven.

Knowledge Base Article Ref:KB13103025