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    I'm trying to update and streamline my ACM panel fabrication family drawings by making them parametric. I'm wondering if there is a way to flex multiple parts and pieces using a single ref plane. In this pic what I'd like is to have only the 4 vertical lines flex with all of the linework and parts at the top or bottom to remain where they are related to the ref planes, IOW move with the vertical line flex. I've played with groups and that doesn't do it
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    Totally possible, using nested families. All of my mullions flex exactly as you describe. Just takes a few minutes to set up.
    Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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      #3
      Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
      Totally possible, using nested families. All of my mullions flex exactly as you describe. Just takes a few minutes to set up.
      thanks Aaron, you da man!

      Go 49ers!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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        Giants!!!!!!
        Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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          Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
          Giants!!!!!!
          ok then, I retract my kudos
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            #6
            Dave,
            Check out the window family I sent you a while back. Open the infilling panel families. These hace DC's in them acting exactly like this. Basically what Aaron says: create all the static stuff as a separate family, then nest it. I tend to use this workflow:

            1. Create "overall" detail component with all elements in it (in this case either the top or bottom half). Position it to the origin as you would like to place it in your project / 3D family.
            2. Group the parts that you need as 1 DC. Set the origin to match the origin of the overall DC
            3. Export the groups to separate DC families and delete the group.
            4. Reimport them. If you did step 2 correctly they will be easily constrained to the origin of the overall DC family. Lock them
            5. Add another refplane to lock the variable vertical lines to. Set this as the origin of the family.
            6. Load both halfs into 1 overall DC (not really necessary but I like the origin to be in the center rather then to 1 side). Lock refplane from step 5 to origin refplane.
            7. set equal constraints to both sides and an overall width parameter.

            On a side note: if you want to make the parts taggable, make them shared DC's... But keep in mind you can't have shared DC's in a 3D Family.
            Martijn de Riet
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