The Copy by Family ribbon copies structural objects between the source and target family groups, and keeps the family groups in synchronization. Similar families and symmetry families both use the ribbon. The ribbon is available after clicking Synchronize on the Select Copy Family dialog box.
Family Synchronize Options
Defines find, create, and modify options for synchronizing the family. For more information, see Synchronize Options Dialog Box.
Find and correlate objects
Select to highlight similar or symmetrical structural objects that meet the criteria of both the Source Group and Target Group of the Similar or Symmetry family. When you click Finish, the software adds the objects to the copy family so that duplicates are not created during the copy. Select Manual Find to manually add objects that were not found automatically.
The search for similar/symmetry objects first considers if they have the same inputs (that is, the same boundaries, supporting frame, and so on). It then matches geometry (for example, starboard plate is the same as the mirrored port plate). For similar relationships, parametric changes caused by the hull are recognized.
Because this is a strong matching criterion, multiple finds in the same group are typically caused by the same object being placed twice. These overlapping finds are reported as errors for you to fix, and the similar/symmetry relation is not made.
Manual Find allows you to force objects to be similar that are not similar according to the automatic criteria. After using Manual Find, you can run Find and correlate objects to match objects that use the manually similar entities as inputs.
Use the Find and correlate objects option before a copy or modify operation if there is a chance that a similar/symmetry object has been created in the target area after initially using the Copy by Family command.
Potential similar or symmetry objects can be created in the target area by the following operations:
Creating a new object in the target area.
The copy result of a different family copies an object into the same target area.
An automatic process creates a new object in the target area. For example, the execute split command creates intersection seams in the target area that are similar to the source area.
Create target group copy
Select to highlight objects in the source group that are not in the target group. The software automatically finds all plate systems that use the grid plane of the source group as the surface definition. The software then finds all children of the plate system (seams, stiffeners, openings, and features) and all the structural objects that are bounded by either the grid plane or the plate systems defined by the grid plane and all their children. You can click objects in the graphics view to clear them and prevent them from being copied from the source group to the target group. Select Browser to clear objects in a hierarchical list. The software displays the cleared objects in green in both the graphics view and the Browser. When you click Finish, all highlighted objects are copied to create the target group.
Modify target group copy
Select to highlight objects that are different between the source and target groups. If a family for which a copy has already been created contains changed copied objects or new objects, use this option to update the target group copy. You can click objects in the graphics view to clear them and prevent them from being updated. Select Browser to clear objects in a hierarchical list. The software displays the cleared objects in green in both the graphics view and the Browser. When you click Finish, all highlighted objects are updated in the target group.
Delete target group copy
Select to highlight objects that have been previously copied and deleted from the source group, but remain in the target group. You can click objects in the graphics view to clear them and prevent them from being deleted in the target group. The software marks these cleared objects as recognized differences between the groups and displays the objects in green. Select Browser to clear objects in a hierarchical list. The software displays the cleared objects in green in both the graphics view and the Browser. When you click Finish, all highlighted objects are deleted from the target group.
Performs the copy create, modify, or delete as appropriate.
Resets the selected objects.
Confirms that the selected objects are the ones you want to work on.
Select the family to work with. You can create new families by using the Create New Similar Family or Create New Symmetry Family commands on the Select Copy Family dialog box. Selecting More... displays the Select Copy Family Dialog Box.
Select the filter to be used by the create or modify operations.
When you copy or update objects in a similar or symmetry family, the <Filter> + Workspace Filter option allows you to select a predefined filter from the Select Filter dialog box so that the Copy by Family operation is performed on only those objects satisfying both the predefined filter and the Workspace filter. When the <Filter> + Workspace Filter option is in use, the Source Filter box is highlighted in yellow, and the Find and Delete buttons are unavailable. The <Filter> + Workspace Filter option supports only similar and symmetry families.
When you copy across models, you can select the Select Filter option to display all filters in the model corresponding to those in the source model of the selected copy across model family. Select the filter you need from the Select Filter dialog box. Your filter selection is remembered in the session file and is used as the default source filter the next time you copy across models. For more information, see Select Filter Dialog Box.
Select the family group to use as the copy source.
Select one or more family groups to create or modify. Selecting Multiple... displays the Select Target Groups dialog box, where you can select multiple target groups.
Opens the CopySimilarForm dialog box, a browser similar to the Workspace Explorer. This browser lists objects included in the target group copy. You can clear objects from the browser. The System tab (on the Select Objects tab) lists the objects in a hierarchy. The Dependence tab (on the Select Objects tab) sorts the objects by type. You can clear objects from the browser. The software displays selected objects in yellow and cleared objects in green. For more information, see CopySimilarForm Dialog Box.