Friday, 4 December 2015

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #057

This tip is about using expressions and formulas in Solid Edge dimensions.

Dimension values in Solid Edge can accept mathematical expressions too. Solid Edge evaluates and assigns it to the dimension value.

Double-clicking displays a formula stripe on the ribbon bar. Here, you can include more advanced mathematical functions like LOG, ABS, FIX, INT, etc.  and trigonometric functions like SIN, COS, etc.

You can also reference other dimensions like in MS Excel by selecting them. Note the color of the text (Blue) and the dimension line (Red) which indicates it is a formula driven.

The following video illustrates this:

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #056

    This tip is about using the <ALT> key to place jogs on dimension extension lines in Solid Edge.

    When features that are too close and dimensioned, their extension lines may also appear too close and not conform to drafting standards.

    To rectify this, hold down the <ALT> key and click the extension line.
    This creates a jog which can be moved by simple mouse drag.

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    The following video illustrates this:

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Friday, 11 September 2015

Solid Edge Lines to Spline Macro

A macro is available that fits a curve over a series of lines passing through their endpoints. Below are the rules to follow:

  1. 1. Select only lines, anything else is prohibited.
  2. 2. Lines should be picked in one go, preferably using directional fence selection. Cannot be picked in batches, especially in an uneven pattern like beginning few, last few and then middle ones - order is important.

The following video illustrates the functioning:

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Solid Edge Custom Tables Service

‘Solid Edge Custom Tables’ is both a product and a service from CADVertex Solutions.

  • Do you wish more custom columns be added to your Parts List?
  • Do you wish you could add calculated data like cost to each part in a Parts List?
  • Do you want your own custom tables like a Sheet Names Table to quickly look up drawing contents or Excel to Solid Edge Table?
  • Do you want to Import Excel Tables into Solid Edge sheet as a Table instead of an image?

Solid Edge Custom Tables is the answer!!

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Solid Edge Custom Tables by CADVertex Solutions is offered in two parts:

1. Free Programs: like the Sheet Names Table or Excel To Solid Edge Table.

2. Paid Programs: The Cost Table program which is a paid service.

The Cost Table Generator is a sample program that creates a table in Solid Edge Draft with user-specified columns. The application of the program is for example in calculating the total cost of a SPM or special purpose machine which is calculated based on the total weight or mass of the parts.

The program analyzes an assembly model from its Drawing View on the Draft Sheet and prompts for a rate of machining or the weight.

The program then extracts the mass and quantity of each part in the assembly and calculates the cost of each part. It then creates a table with the Quantity, Mass and Cost columns.

Any additional columns can be added as required. For e.g. Item No., Part No., Part Description, Vendor, etc.

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The Sheet Names Table program is a offered for free whereas all other programs are paid programs and are offered as Solid Edge customization services.

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The Custom Table Generator program can be seamlessly integrated with the Solid Edge ribbon interface:

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To order a trial: write to info@cadvertex.com

or Fill the Form on the CADVertex website:

Order any type of Custom Table Generator Program which displays any Solid Edge data in the columns - as per your company requirements.

See a video of the Cost Table Generator program here.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Pattern By Table Template

Solution Partner Legend Jason Titcomb has shared a Excel template which is useful to pull locations from Solid Edge. The Excel file has some VBA code that will enumerate all the points on a sketch and populate the cells with the locations.

To use: Just create some points on a part sketch and click the button on the Solid Edge tab in the Excel. The order you create the points is the order they will be listed.

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'The paint is still wet so test it carefully', says Jason.

and the following video illustrates the use:

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Solid Edge Explore This Macro

The Solid Edge Explore This macro opens the Windows Explorer with the currently open file in Solid Edge selected. The macro can be run ideally from a ribbon button or from the Quick Access toolbar:

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The macro runs in the Part, Draft, Assembly or Sheetmetal environment.

When the button is clicked, the folder of the currently open file in Solid Edge is opened in Windows Explorer.

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If the current file is not saved, a message appears:

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The following video illustrates this:

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Further, in a Draft document if a single view is selected, the model of the view is opened in Windows Explorer.

In an assembly file, if a single occurrence is selected, the model file is opened in its folder in Windows Explorer.

If more than one view or more than one occurrence is selected, the Draft or Assembly file is opened and not the file of the view or occurrence.

The following video illustrates this:

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Sheet Names Table

A macro for creating a table on a Solid Edge drawing sheet is available. The table lists the sheet names in the drawing and consists of two columns:

  1. Sheet Number, and
  2. Sheet Name

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You can run the macro from a ribbon button:

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Drag and place it where ever required on the sheet.

The image bitmap for the macro button is provided with the download. Place the program and the PNG file in the same folder so that the image is automatically applied to the ribbon button to which the macro is assigned in Solid Edge.

The following video illustrates the working of the macro:

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Running a Macro from a Ribbon Button

Follow these steps:

1. Right click on any button on the Ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon... from the context menu that appears.

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Or, from the Solid Edge title bar, click the Customize button which appears as a small arrow pointing down and select Customize... from the menu.

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2. In the Customize dialog and on the right side, a tree view is seen with expandable and collapsible nodes like folders in Windows Explorer.

Each node represent a tab on the ribbon viz. Home, Sketching, Inspect, Tools, View, etc.

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To add a new group, expand a node, say the View node, and select Style. Then click the New Group button if you want to create a new group.

3. A new group node is added after the Style group and before the Window group. This means the node after which you need to place the group should be picked first. The new group is create just below i.e. after the one that is currently picked when clicking the New Group button.

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In this example, the node that represents the group is named Search since the example demonstrates adding the
search macro in this group.

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4. Select the Search node and from the left side of the dialog, select Macros from the list for 'Choose commands from..'

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5. Click the Browse... button at the bottom of the list and navigate to the folder where you saved the macro downloaded from this site or compiled one of your own.

Keep the Search node selected and pick the .exe File name from the list on the left Then click the Add >> button which adds the command to the Search group.

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Difference between pre-ST and ST versions when assigning a button icon

In SE ST 4 or lower, a dialog appears prompting to pick a image or icon for the button. You can copy this image 20_thumb2 and save to your computer and pick it from there. This binocular icon is assigned to the Search button.

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6. If you are on SE ST 4 or higher, simply placing the image in the same folder as the exe works. the rule is - both the exe and image name should be the same.

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7. right-click the search.exe node twice and change the settings to Large button and No text successively.

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7. Click OK ad select Yes in the prompt that appears for saving the theme.

The Search button in large size and without text is found sitting neatly in the Search group between in the Style and Window groups:

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To assign a universal shortcut Ctrl+F to this button, follow these steps:

1. Right-click on the Search button and select Customize the Ribbon...  to open the Customize dialog again.

2. Take the Keyboard tab and follow the sequence as depicted below to set the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F to the Search command:

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Monday, 20 July 2015

All Roads Lead to Cincinnati

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Solid Edge University (SEU) is the premiere learning destination for Siemens customers, bringing together design and engineering professionals from around the world.

SEU 2015 brings together keynotes, training classes and networking opportunities for Designers, Engineers, Manufacturers, Executives and Students to meet with experts and their peers on-site in a local setting at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati from Monday, Oct 26 to Wednesday Oct 28, 2015.

Solid Edge University provides Solid Edge enthusiasts the opportunity to learn, network, and celebrate the software they use at work and adore. Join this event for classes, case studies and keynotes with product experts and thought leaders. Learn tips and tricks for working better, and explore the Solid Edge world !!!

When you attend Solid Edge University, you will learn from the best in the business, with thought leaders and innovators in each industry sharing experience, insight and vision. And that’s not just interesting for its own sake - it can also make you more productive and valuable in your job. Attending SEU can be one of the best investments you can make - with returns for your whole team.

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Some of the immediate benefits of attending are:

1. Stay current with new trends and technology

The SEU program is designed to keep you at the forefront of your industry. You will hear keynote presentations, case study presentations and attend workshops that address the latest trends and provide real-world solutions to ensure you are up to date on your industry track and other emerging technologies.

2. Connect with industry peers, thought leaders and Siemens PLM executives

Not only do you have an abundance of education sessions at your fingertips, SEU also offers the opportunity to network with industry peers, connect with Siemens executives and partners, and identify new business opportunities or new employees to grow your business.

3. Get Solid Edge Certified

Give your career a boost and make the most of your time at SEU with Solid Edge Certification exams.

Solid Edge Certified Professional status demonstrates and validates your skills, provides and industry-accepted credential and gives your company a competitive edge!

Satisfy your hunger for innovation with:

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  • Varied classes by leading experts and working professionals
  • Networking, including quality face-to-face time with Siemens Executives.
  • An exhibit hall showcasing Solid Edge Channel Partners, hardware sponsors.
Benefits of Attending

Three days full of conferencing, expo hall, refreshments, lunch and networking function.

Registration for the Solid Edge University 2015 are now open!

Don't miss out on this opportunity to improve your job skills, learn about the latest technology trends and make valuable business contacts. SEU is a great event because you get to hear from SE employees, partners, and top shelf users as well.

Depending on your interests, there are a lot of experts to hear from, and you can get access to just about anyone.

To get the most of it, you really need to spend some time with the list of sessions (which should be coming soon) and plan who you want to see. The presentation files for most of the sessions are available after the show, but they aren't the same as getting to sit in the room and ask questions.

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There are also some fun events, and free time when you can schedule what you want to do. The roundtable sessions are great to have input into specific new functionality. You'll probably meet people you've talked to here. The information is very valuable, but the most valuable thing you'll gain will probably be the relationships you develop with people you meet. It sounds a little corny, but its true.

And often there's stuff going on that you can't see anywhere else. Like who knows, maybe a sneak peek into what's happening in development for the next release. Or new products in the pipe. You can probably talk to top rank developers and architects of the Solid Edge software, people who's knowledge of areas of the software is truly legendary. Benefits of Attending - Improve Productivity

Another key attraction at the solid Edge university this October is the full day - Design Management Workshop or if you are programming guy, sharpen your skills and take them to the next level at the developer day, where you get to meet the top rung programmers of Solid Edge one-on-one.

So yeah, it's a great time, and you can make a lot of it. Just take some time to do some research and plan it out !!

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