About Assembly Features
Creating assembly features is like creating part features with certain differences and restrictions. You can create assembly features such as datum planes, axes and points, curves, and coordinate systems, or assembly features that remove material such as holes, cuts, and slots. These features belong to the assembly and not to a part. Assembly features display when the assembly is retrieved. You cannot create a feature that adds material to the assembly.
Assembly datums are particularly useful for the following:
Creating assembly cross-sectional views
Creating assembly zones
Placing components at an offset or angle
Creating a reference datum plane that intersects more than one component
Assembly datum features are labeled as ADTM# (for example, ADTM1, ADTM2, ADTM3), ACSYS#, APNT#, and so on. When you write relations using an assembly datum plane, the system stores them with the assembly.
You can create assembly datum features at any time before assembling the first part. You can also create a new coordinate system and a set of three orthogonal datum planes for the assembly.
You can create assembly features other than datum features, such as:
Features that remove material (hole, cut, slot)
Pipe features
Sketched cosmetic features
User-defined features
Internal volume features or enclosure volume features (click the links below for more information on creating volume features)
Perform feature and component operations using the shortcut menu. Additional commands are in Operations and Cut & Surface groups.
The Copy From command is not available.