I have often looked for the functionality in SW to allow me to merge/join/union all the parts within an assembly so that all the parts in the assembly meld into one unparameterised dumb solid lump (regardless if all the parts had interference or had clearances).
In SW2K3, all I can find is the Join feature which still needs reference to the original parts. Ideally I want to create an unparameterised dumb solid that is a physical representation of the original assembly, but, once created, is independent of the original assembly. This is useful in packaging studies where all you need (to load) is the physical solid representation of an assembly (not all the sketch/feature info that goes with the parts/assembly) to use a reference to check clearances/interference etc with other components/assemblies. I know that SW has the "lightweight" load option but this does not affect the actual file sizes.
Anyone got any comments on this?