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About Saving a Copy of an Assembly
When you save a copy of an assembly, you can copy any or all members of the assembly. However, you must copy and rename any components with external references. You can reuse the original component or define a new name for the new copy of the original component. These new components are saved to the same directory as the assembly copy. Reused components stay at their original location.
You can automatically generate new names. The default renaming convention is the old name appended with a default suffix. You can change the suffix, create a template or include a prefix.
When there are items associated with the assembly, drawings for example, you can associate them with saved copy as well.
Using Family Tables
If a family table is used with your assembly and you set the configuration file option allow_save_as_instance to yes, you are given the option to save your assembly as a family table instance. If you set the configuration option to no, the option of saving a family table instance is not available. The only choice is to save your assembly as a new, independent assembly. The recommended method of creating family table instances is within the family table dialog box and not with the configuration option.
Renaming and Reusing Components
The Assembly Save A Copy Component Chooser dialog box displays the source assembly structure so you can see the hierarchy of components. By default each component is selected to be reused, but you can choose to give it a new name. When you rename a subassembly, all components in the subassembly are given an automatically generated new name. When you reuse a subassembly, all components in the subassembly are reused.