Is there anyone else out there making extensive use of multi-body\nmodeling, not counting weldments?\n\nFor example: I will typically make a sheet metal stamped part plus the\ndie over which the part is formed as a single multibody part. (These\nare one-off parts, not production tooling). I also frequently model\nsimple assemblies as multibody parts which I then split and either\nreassemble into an assembly, or just add features to individual parts,\nwhich often means converting them to sheet metal parts.\n\nI used to do these tasks in the traditional way, but after watching a\nmulti-body demonstration at a user group meeting, I tried it out myself\nand it seemed to solve a lot of problems that I've had (and continue to\nhave) with assemblies: disappearing external references, moving or\nrenaming parts, changing computer or server configurations. My\nexperience is that it's a much faster and more robust method of modeling\nsmall assemblies than the traditional way. I don't use Solidworks BOM\nor a PDM (yet), and I still do a lot of traditional assembly modeling.\n\nThe Solidworks Establishment seems to be very much opposed to this\nmethod and I'm coming under a lot of pressure to stop, mainly from\npeople with little or no Solidworks experience. Any arguments for me\neither way?\n\nThanks,\n-\-\nJohn Kimmel\n[email]my.name@whereIwork.com[/email]\n[URL="http://www.metalinnovations.com"]www.metalinnovations.com[/URL]\n\n"Cuius testiculos habes, habeas cardia et cerebellum." - When you have\ntheir full attention in your grip, their hearts and minds will follow.