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I am building in Sketchup and importing into Dimension.
I have one model created as described which uses multiple instances of a single component. When I bring this into Dimension I can add a graphic and it is applied identically across all instances. This is great and the desired action.
However, I have another model, created in the same way whereby the application of a graphic only appears on that one instance.
I have noticed that on working version the names in the scene panel are all the same (model 26) whereas in the 'broken' version each instance has a different model name.
I can't for the life of me work out the determining factor as to whether they are linked or not linked. It's not that they are all components in Sketchup as you would think.
I worked it out.
In Sketchup, the component I needed to be linked (in Dimension) is a wine bottle. The problem is that inside that component ("bottle") I have two separate groups - cap and glass. This causes Dimension to not link the "bottle" component and treat them all as separate instances.
As I need all caps to be the same and all the glass to have the same graphic wrapped onto them I simply made the cap group inside "bottle" a component "cap" and similarly the glass group a component called "glass". So inside the component "bottle" I have a "Cap" component and a "Glass" component.
Hard to explain but sorted.