So the first problem is that it isn't immediately obvious to a new user what they should do here; if they haven't read the new part design threads, the first thing you might try is to click "Create part" since the dialog is titled "Start Part" and we are after all in the Part Design WB.
However, you can click "Create part" in this window as many times as you like without any visible effect. You will, however, get N empty parts as soon as you happen to click into the Model tab.
Second, let's assume I want to create a body inside a part. Now, this may be a regression, but if I click "Create part" and then "Create body", my task view flickers to the "Create sketch/create boolean" dialog, but instantly returns to the "Start Part" dialog.
So, the only functional option seems to be the first, "create body".
I'd like to propose an improvement based on the following two options for someone firing up the Part Design WB:
- They want to create a new Body object, which may or may not be wrapped in a Part container for use in a different part of the software (e.g. a future Assembly object)
- They want to create a new Part object to wrap existing objects, e.g. a Mesh, to prepare a Part for use in a different part of the software
Would it be a fair assumption to say that these are the workflows for someone opening a new file and starting Part Design?
If so, the dialog could be redesigned to have:
- A button to create a new Body, with an accompanying checkbox: "create Body inside a Part", checked by default (or not? would like to hear thoughts on this.)
- A button to create an empty Part, which doesn't silently create that Part with no effect as is now occurring, and an accompanying short blurb like "Create new Part object to contain pre-existing object(s)"