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Create a New Part By Mirroring?

Create a New Part By Mirroring?

Create a New Part By Mirroring?

Is there a way to mirror a piece and make it it's own seperate part? I need a right and left hand part which needs to be unlinked to each other and fully editable(has all the features just like the original) Is it possible?


Solidworks 2008 SP4.0

RE: Create a New Part By Mirroring?

Just mirror the solid body through a plane that doesnt touch the part and make sure 'merge solids' is unchecked

RE: Create a New Part By Mirroring?

Well i guess you should do a save as 'new part' first  and delete the original solid body after the mirror.  That should do it.

RE: Create a New Part By Mirroring?

Sorry, I think these guys may have pulled the trigger too soon.  I don't think you can create a fully editable left-hand version that has its own independent fully editable feature tree.  serspec may be closest, you would just have to do all your editing with the mirror and delete body features suppressed.

-handleman, CSWP (The new, easy test)

RE: Create a New Part By Mirroring?

Thanks, yeah the catch is that it has to have it's own features. Maybe someone has created an add-in.

RE: Create a New Part By Mirroring?

You can use the "Insert, Mirror Part" command.  

1. Click on the surface of the part you want to mirror about.
2. Click Insert, Mirror Part
3. In the "Insert Part" dialog, under "Link", select "Break link to original part"

This creates an unlinked mirrored part.  You can edit all of the features in the mirrored part without affecting the original.  

RE: Create a New Part By Mirroring?

You can't do that with a sheetmetal part yet....hopefully that will be coming soon????

RE: Create a New Part By Mirroring?


I have created mirrored S/M parts without a problem.  You may then have to go in and create the S/M feature to turn it into S/M since you are creating a part that mirrors the original's geometry.


If you want to create a left and right hand part then mirror is perfect for that.  Changes to the original part will show up in the mirrored part.  If you do not want this then you'll have to do something with configurations on the original part, i.e., mirror what is in common in one config then create another config for the finished RH part.  Upon mirroring the common portion for the LH part then make your changes there.

- - -Updraft

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