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Using Start Components and Default Templates
A start component is a standard component that you can copy to create new parts or assemblies. Start components can contain relations, layers, views, and parameters subject to the following conditions:
A start part should not have any external dependencies.
A start assembly should contain only assembly features.
Start assemblies, which you can use to create a new subassembly, can contain assembly-level data (such as features, parameters, and layers) but cannot contain components or skeleton models.
If the selected start part or assembly has a family table, you will be prompted to select a particular instance of that family table, and the information that is associated with that instance will be copied to the newly created component. If you select the generic instance, the family table will not be copied over to the new component.
If you have specified a default template (you can set the configuration file option start_model_dir to specify its location), the system uses that template, or start model, for the part. Using a template as a start model allows you to include critical layers, datum features, and views in the model.
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