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post #1 of 3 Old 05-04-2018, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question on selecting lines within a group to make a component.

There just got to be a way to select a complete item out of an array without disturbing other items. I usually make a habit of making everything into components to avoid this problem, but sometimes there are instances where you just donít see a problem and want it to be quick.

I copied a roof truss design and thought I could just make it all into one component then after I was completely done with my roof design, I discovered the truss had a problem. I should have just deleted it and started over, but no I had to try modifying it to save making the arrays over again. Instead I spent 4 hours trying to fix something that originally only took 15 min.

I thought there was a way to select all adjacent or connecting lines without individually selecting them. If you donít know the proper terminology, itís almost impossible to find a solution. So if anybody here knows what Iím talking about and has a solution, I sure would like to hear from you.

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When I use sketchup, making a part I usually will make a group that I can try out to see how it fits into the rest of the plan. Once I am convinced it will probably work I make a copy and save as a component, and I place it separately from the rest of the plan. As I build and assemble, especially if it has multiple parts...I will find a problem which must be modified. If I modify a component...it will modify all the copys of that component that are already placed into my plan...I may not want this. I can use the original part that was saves as a group, copy it...then modify the copy and save it as a component...copy that component, then move the copied component into the plan.

So what I end up with basically a parts group, and component group...separate from my assembled plan. I can copy these parts to place them into my plan.

Remember that if you modify (edit) ANY Component it will modify (edit) ALL copys of that component.

Remember that if you modify (edit) ANY Group it will only modify (edit) that individual group.

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Remember that if you modify (edit) ANY Component it will modify (edit) ALL copys of that component..
Not if you make component Unique before editing.

Anyway, this didn't answer my question and I guess it was my fault because I just don't know of anyway to word it. But it is not an issue with proper planing and foresight.

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