Reference Topics > Working with containers
Working with containers
Containers can be used to store parts, assemblies, and associated tools such as workplanes, and workplane sets. Although the preferred owner of a container is a part, containers can also be owned by assemblies. To create a new container,
1. Click Structure and then, in the Part & Assembly group, click More.
2. Click New Container in the Tools section. The Create New Cont dialog box opens.
3. Type the Name, Model Name, and the Owner.
4. Click to complete the operation.
When working with containers, note the following:
Container information is saved with the extensions: contents file — *.sdcc, instance file — *.sdc.
Containers are displayed in the Structure Browser.
The Structure Browser can display a container even when its owner is switched off.
When a package or 3D data file containing a container is loaded, the container is not automatically added to the Drawlist (by default, the components of the container are not visible). They must be added to the Drawlist manually by the user.
FE Analysis: Containers are ignored by Creo Elements/Direct Finite Element Analysis (it is not possible to create forces, constraints or any other related data which belongs to a container).
Annotation: When creating views, containers behave the same as when exchanging data (see the following): They are ignored if they are a child of the selected object. A container can be the owner of a view set.
Dynamic Relations: Relations cannot be created between the owner of a container and a child part in the container.
Selecting parts, assemblies, and containers for data exchange
When selecting a part or assembly for data exchange (for example, STEP, IGES, SAT, and STL), Creo Elements/Direct Modeling normally excludes containers and their contents from the saved file.
To include containers and their contents in saved IGES, SAT, Parasolid, and native adapter files (such as Creo Parametric), check Export containers in the Save window's Options dialog. This does not work for STEP and STL.