SOLIDWORKS: How do you use “Save As”?

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I have a standard component and the part model and drawing are generated. Now, I want to create a new version, slightly different. Here is the easiest way to save that new version.

Let's take a look at the Spring Clamp drawing references. To get Find References, click file and scroll to the bottom.

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Notice the name and Folder location.

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Exit References and let's save the new version. Click file, save as. In the save as dialog box. Check, Include all referenced components. Click Advanced.

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Save As with References dialog box appears and the Folder location cells will be highlighted. Click Browse.

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In this example, I will save to my desktop. Notice the new location lettering is green (new location confirmed).

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Now lets re-name our new part and drawing files. Control select Spring Clamp drawing and part cell (it will highlight).

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 Let's name our files. Click Add suffix and type _NEW and click Apply.

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Notice in the Name cells the lettering is green (new name confirmed) and _NEW was added.

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This will generate new files that are completely separate from our standard files. The new drawing file will open. Check the references.

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Roger Ruffin

Application Engineer

Computer Aided Technology, LLC

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