In SOLIDWORKS, instances of mirrored or patterned assembly components are not limited to the current configuration of the original part or sub-assembly. As for any other component, the SOLIDWORKS Reference Configuration of a patterned or mirrored instance can be changed using the Quick Configurations toolbar or Component Properties.
When a part is inserted into another part, its configuration can also be changed: right-click on the inserted part, select ‘List External Refs…’ and use the pull-down menu to select the required configuration.
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