When you rename an assembly file in SOLIDWORKS via the FeatureManager Design Tree SOLIDWORKS PDM will update all the references for you automatically.
Here I have a SOLIDWORKS flashlight assembly:
I’d like to change the name of my sub assembly Head_sub to JavHeadSubAssy.
SOLIDWORKS PDM rename file requirements
Before we can change the name there are a few requirements to check off first:
- The file must be checked out
- PDM add-in installed and loaded
- The user has the state and folder permission to Add or rename a file
If you are missing any of the above requirements you will receive an error message.
Note: To see the Rename option in SOLIDWORKS from the right click menu, this must first be enabled:
Tools > Options > System Options > FeatureManager > “Allow component files to be renamed from FeatureManager tree“
SOLIDWORKS PDM rename file process
Within the FeatureManager Design Tree right-click the part/sub-assembly name you would like to change, and select rename from the shortcut menu as shown in the figure below
After a rebuild and save, the name will be updated within SOLIDWORKS PDM:
It even updates the components within the sub-assembly:
If you’re looking to create a new assembly and use your current assembly as a base, then this feature isn’t the one for you. Check out one of my favourite functions of PDM Copy Tree.
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