Working with Embedded Components
Embedded components are similar to regular components in an assembly. You can activate or open them and modify them by changing dimensions and features such as rounds and chamfers. You can drag embedded components and create mechanisms.
Remember that an embedded component exists only in the context of the owner assembly. You can open an embedded component from the Model Tree, but not from the Open dialog box. You cannot save a copy of an embedded component, and you can rename an embedded component only in the Model Tree.
You cannot embed the following model types:
Layout (*.cem)
A Manikin
Non-Creo models integrated using Creo Unite
You cannot replace an embedded component in an assembly.
Embedding Skeleton Models
You can embed a skeleton model in an assembly, and a skeleton model gets embedded when you embed the owner assembly. Remember that when you embed a skeleton model, direct references to this skeleton model are only in the context of the owner assembly.
In the Model Tree:
—Identifies embedded standard and body skeletons
—Identifies embedded motion skeletons
Embedding Bulk Items
You can embed bulk items in an assembly. Bulk items get embedded when the owner assembly is embedded or made inseparable. Designated items under the bulk item are not exposed in Windchill.
In the Model Tree:
—Identifies embedded bulk items
Designating Embedded Components
You cannot designate embedded components. Items under embedded models can be designated in Creo Parametric, but they are not exposed outside of Creo Parametric, in Windchill.
Copying and Pasting Embedded Components
You can copy and paste an embedded component in an assembly. The copied embedded component can be pasted in the owner assembly or under a different assembly. When you paste the it under the same assembly, you can choose to paste it as an additional occurrence of the same embedded model or as a new model with a new name. When you paste the it under a different owner, the embedded component is pasted as a new model. When you paste it as a new model, the option Fully dependent with options to vary is not available.
Embedded Flexible Components
Flexible components embedded in an assembly retain flexibility. You can edit the varied items of embedded flexible components the same way you edit varied items of regular flexible components.
In the Model Tree:
—Identifies embedded flexible parts
—Identifies embedded flexible subassemblies
—Identifies embedded driven by flexible parts
—Identifies embedded driven by flexible subassemblies
Family Tables
When you embed a component in an assembly the following behaviors apply to Family Tables.
When the component is the generic or an other member of a Family Table, the new copy of the component loses its connection to the Family Table. The Family Table and all instances remain unchanged.
The geometry of the component remains the same.
The original name of the component remains the same, but the generic name is removed. The name of the owner assembly is added.
You cannot create a new Family Table for a component embedded in an assembly.
When you embed a component under a Family Table assembly (the generic or an instance), the same embedded component is shared between all instances and the generic Family Table assembly.
A driven embedded component in a Family Table assembly can only be embedded in the generic assembly.
Interchange Assemblies
An embedded component cannot be part of an Interchange assembly. When you embed a component that is assembled in an Interchange assembly, it loses the connection to the Interchange assembly. An embedded component is a new copy of the component and no longer the same original model, therefore it loses interchangeability.
Using a BOM with Embedded Components
When you create a BOM for an assembly with embedded components, you can choose to include them in the BOM. By default embedded components are excluded from the BOM. Follow these steps to include them.
1. Click Model > Bill of Materials. The Bill of Materials (BOM) dialog box opens.
2. Select the Embedded components check box.
3. Select additional items to include in the BOM.
4. Click OK.
5. A browser window opens with the Bill of Materials.
In Windchill, embedded components cannot be exposed in the BOM. In drawings you can include or exclude embedded components in drawing table repeat regions.