chrisb wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:21 am
That is not easy to answer. We discussed it in the forum for Part containers. There where technical reasons why it was not implemented as well as systematic.
ickby's reason was that allowing it would raise all kinds of hell once he implemented an assembly workbench. And it made sense: usually in parametric CAD programs, this is called "design in place", and it requires assembly capability which FreeCAD doesn't have yet. On the other hand, all of these CAD programs separate part files from assembly files, while FreeCAD currently only works in single-document mode. And still does not have assembly capabilities.
But since ickby is not actively developing for FreeCAD anymore... Now that wmayer implemented a workaround, I guess that placement conflict (local VS. global coordinate systems) will be something to figure out once an assembly workbench finally makes it in FreeCAD master.