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Linking files with linked parts (by Chinmay)
I have a 2-D drawing file that includes a curve linked from another 2-D file. It also includes a Step Rotating operation to create a reflection of the curve.

When I link/assemble the above file into a new Solvespace file, the 2-D curve and geometry resulting from the Step Rotate does not show up. Is this by design? Is there a way to link/assemble files which depend on other files?

Thanks.
Thu Mar 16 2017, 13:42:53
(no subject) (by whitequark)
It's not a deliberate design choice, but no, this is currently not possible.
Fri Mar 17 2017, 01:34:42
(no subject) (by whitequark)
To elaborate, this only applies to 2d geometry (sketches); with 3d geometry (solids) you can link files as deeply as you want.
Fri Mar 17 2017, 02:17:27
(no subject) (by Jonathan Westhues)
Why is that not possible? It used to work, if I understand the original question properly. My guess was just that the curve was hidden in one of the child files (like because the group that contains it was either explicitly hidden or below the active group when that file was saved), and therefore hidden when that file was linked too.
Fri Mar 17 2017, 04:22:18
(no subject) (by whitequark)
@Jonathan,

I've checked with 2.0. The geometry is there and imported, but it doesn't get recognized as a closed contour, and so is useless for most purposes. I've not investigated exactly why.
Fri Mar 17 2017, 06:30:33
(no subject) (by Jonathan Westhues)
When all the groups got flattened into one, did you end up with two coincident copies of some curve? That doesn't count as a closed contour, and may explain the failure.
Fri Mar 17 2017, 07:13:04
(no subject) (by whitequark)
That was it. The shown/hidden status affecting semantics is quite confusing. I'd never guessed.
Sat Mar 18 2017, 00:14:08
(no subject) (by Jonathan Westhues)
Agreed. This particular mystery would go away if additional coincident copies of a curve got quietly discarded during assembly into contours, though other mysteries may still exist.
Sat Mar 18 2017, 01:34:20
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