Saturday, 27 January 2018

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #074

This tip is about temporarily reorienting parts when inserting them into the assembly in Solid Edge.

Parts are often created with an orientation different from their placement in the assembly. After inserting parts in an assembly with the default orientation, it may pose problems with mating them. 

To avoid this, it would be very helpful if parts could be temporarily reoriented, close to the desired position in the assembly. This can be done in the preview area of the Library.

If the preview is not displayed, right click in a blank area between the file names and select Preview...
Check ON the preview and set it to Interactive for both parts and assemblies. Before dropping the bolt into the assembly, rotate it in the preview area.

You can also zoom and pan using the keyboard and mouse button combinations, as shown in the tooltip. 

Now the part is inserted into the assembly, in the same orientation as that in the preview and also mates correctly.

The following video shows the steps in detail:
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #073

This tip is about creating jogs in coordinate dimension overlapping view edges in Solid Edge.

When creating coordinate dimensions, the extension lines often appear very close to part edges. Sometimes, the extension lines may overlap part edges.

To rectify such situations, select the coordinate dimension, Keep the ALT key pressed and click on the extension line. This creates a jog on the extension line.

You can then move the jog, by simple mouse drag.

To create jogs automatically, change the setting in the Dimension style properties.
Open the Styles dialog and select Dimensions from the list.
Select the dimension style and click the Modify button.
Take the lines and coordinate tab.
In the coordinate area, enable automatic jogging.
Start the Automatic coordinate dimension command.

Jogs are now automatically created.
You can further adjust the jog distance and layout, using the handle points.

The following video shows the steps in detail:
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Monday, 22 January 2018

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #072

This video tip is about automatically dimensioning drawing views in Solid Edge.

Solid Edge provides an amazing feature for automatically dimensioning drawing views.

Start the retrieve dimensions command from the ribbon bar and pick the view.

To automatically retrieve dimensions during view creation, change the global setting.

Click the Solid Edge Application button.
Open the Options dialog.
Take the Annotation tab.
Check ON setting for "Retrieve dimensions during view creation".

Now, Dimensions will be created automatically during view creation.

Drag a part from the Library and drop on a drawing sheet.
A single view is created and its model dimensions are retrieved.

You can also create all three views in a single drag and drop operation.

Go back to the options dialog.
From the drawing view wizard tab, check off the option for "Use drawing view wizard, when models are dragged onto the drawing sheet".

Drag a model again from the Library to create all three views in one step.

Models can also be dropped from Windows Explorer, directly on the drawing sheet in Solid Edge. Three fully dimensioned standard views are generated.

The following video shows the steps in detail:
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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #071

This video tip is about exploding a sub-assembly as a single unit in the E.R.A. environment.

The E.R.A. environment is used for exploding assemblies in Solid Edge. By default you are not allowed to pick a sub-assembly to explode. You must explode one part at a time and this can become time consuming and cumbersome.

To overcome this problem:
  1. Select the sub-assembly in the path finder.
  2. Click Bind in the Modify group on the ribbon bar.
  3. This binds all parts of the sub-assembly together.
  4. Start the explode command and pick any part of the sub-assembly.
  5. The entire sub-assembly can now be picked as a single unit.
  6. Finally, select the sub-assembly again from the path finder and click un-bind from the ribbon.

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Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #070

This tip is about automatically spacing balloons created during Parts List placement in Solid Edge.


When a parts list is created, you can check the option for Auto Balloon on the command bar. This creates balloons for the assembly components, with default properties.

Sometimes balloons can appear overlapping, when they are auto-created.To fix this without having to move each balloon manually, click the alignment shape.

From the command bar, click Properties. Change the minimum spacing to a higher value.

Now all balloons attached to the alignment shape, are spaced properly.

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Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #069

This video tip is about showing/hiding model sketches in drawing views.

When you want to create a data plate for a device, in which the text is cut out, it could run into several problems. When the part is redrawn, it can take a long time to process, due to a huge number of edges, created during the text cutout. 

There are methods for creating texts on a part, which can be shown on draft drawing.

  1. First, make sure you use the Text Profile tool on the Tools tab, to create the text.
  2. Type in your text.
  3. Draw a rectangle around the text.
  4. Exit the sketch.
  5. Create the drawing of the model.
  6. Select the drawing view and click Properties from the Command bar.
  7. From Part List Options, select List Sketches.
  8. Select the sketch and check ON Show.
  9. Update the view.
  10. The text is now visible without creating a cutout feature in the part.
The following video shows the steps in detail:
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #068

This video Tip is about Combining Holes from different hole features.

In synchronous, you can combine identical hole instances from different hole features into the same feature.

The first step is to convert the holes to surfaces or more precisely a face set 
Next run the hole wizard. It will recognizes these 'free' holes and build a new combined hole feature.

This video shows the steps in detail:

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Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #067

This video tip shows how you can automatically dimension sketches as you draw them without having to explicitly use the Smart Dimension command.

When you draw a rectangle or circle, you have to enter dimensions, why go back and add that same dimension? It is possible to dimension the same way you built it.

Just seems a little weird to enter dimensions twice, right...? 
Build a rectangle, put in the dimensions required, and then go back and dimension those same lines.

The Tip: Solid Edge gladly supports this and you need to simply turn on a time-saver option called Auto-Dimension. This command is truly spectacular and here's a quick video.

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Note that you can also set this option in the IntelliSketch dialog on the Sketching tab of the ribbon bar.

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Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #066

This video tip shows how to untrim surfaces.

Solid Edge has a Trim command on the Surfacing toolbar but no untrim command to restore a surface back to its original state.

If all the original information is available with the surface, the Copy Surface command can be used to untrim the surface.

This video shows how...

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Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #065

This video tip shows how to hide all centerlines in a drawing view of a assembly containing tubes in one step.

Two methods can be used to accomplish this:
After a view is placed - using a query on the drawing view.
Before a view is placed - changing the global options.

The following video illustrates both techniques:

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #064

Ever wondered where the Lofted Surface command has vanished especially after Solid Edge ST7 was released.

The Lofted Surface command is available but hidden.
You need to add it to the ribbon bar for the current theme.

Follow these steps:

1. Right click on any button on the ribbon bar.
2. From the menu that appears, select Customize the Ribbon...
3. In the Customize dialog, select All Commands from the Pull down list for "Choose Commands from"
4. All commands available in Solid Edge are listed alphabetically.
5. Scroll to and select Lofted Surface from the list.
6. DO NOT click the Add button just now.
7. First decide which position on the ribbon bar you wish to place the Lofted Surface command.
8. Accordingly, in the list on the right side, navigate to and select one of the buttons in the Surfacing tab, Surfaces group.
9. Now click the Add >> button.
10. The Lofted Surface command will be added just below the selected button in the right list.
11. Click OK and then Yes in the prompt to save changes to the current theme.
12. Navigate to the Surfacing Tab and the Surfaces group.

Lofted Surface should now be available.

The following video illustrates the steps:




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Friday, 5 January 2018

Solid Edge App - Display as Printed Toggler

This little app toggles the setting 'Display as printed' from the Solid Edge Options - View tab:



Here's a short video that shows the use of the app. Notice the change in the hatching and the linetype of the circle when the setting is toggled.




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bulbtip.png Note that the download contains the exe and a PNG image which can be used on the Ribbon/QAT/Radial menu button

Read how you can run a Solid Edge app from various locations in Solid Edge

• Running An App From A Ribbon Button
 Running An App From The Radial Menu
 Assigning a Keyboard Shortcut For An App
 Running An App From The Quick Access Toolbar



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Monday, 1 January 2018

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip #63

An easy way of showing a part as semi-transparent in Solid Edge, is to mark it as a reference, in its occurrence properties.
This is followed by creating drawing views of the assembly.
In the drawing view, the parts appear unshaded by default.
If not, then open the drawing view properties, and check this option.

This facility is however not available in the assembly.
So the most common technique for showing internal or hidden parts, is to show the covering part in an alternative position, like this printer lid.



The other various methods are assembly section views, displaying the assembly without the covering part, or using semi-transparent materials for covering parts.




But these are downright compromise with the assembly display.

Showing a part in a wireframe mode even when the assembly display mode is shaded involves creating a new face style and applying it to the covering part.




This is how...
On the View ribbon tab, click Styles.
In the styles dialog, select Face Styles from the list and click New.
Type in a name for the new face style, and select white glass as the base style.
On the Edges tab, set width to two, and the color to black.
On the Faces tab, set all colors to white, by dragging the sliders.
On the Appearance tab, set the opacity to zero.
Check off both options for shadows.
Click OK.

The new face style is listed in the Styles list.
To apply the new material, select the components, using the control key and from the list for face overrides, select the new material.
The parts are now displayed in wireframe, even when the display is shaded.

The following video illustrates this:
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Friday, 22 December 2017

Generative Design Rapid Start using Solid Edge

Generative Design in Solid Edge ST10 is a new environment where you can define a specific material, design space, permissible loads and constraints and a target weight and the topology optimization engine automagically computes the geometric solution.

Topology optimization involves determining the most efficient material distribution to meet the exact performance requirements of a part. Optimization takes into consideration the space allowed, load conditions of the part and maximum stresses allowed in the material.

You can use old styled history based ,models or synchronous models or even imported from IGES, STEP, ACIS or Parasolid. The Generative Design tool in Solid Edge adds and removes material between the design features to make the part optimally stiff and lightweight. It also smoothens and blends surfaces to minimize stress concentrations.

Look what generative design has done to this shabby looking lazily created lump model of a bicycle frame.


The following optimized model of the above part was created using the default values using a single click operation. It looks masculine and curvaceous at same time and is aesthetically pleasing also.


Introduced with Solid Edge ST10 Generative Design is the future of 3D modeling in Solid Edge. 

Here's a short video but if you want to download the raw model and learn how to create this beautiful bicycle frame design in Solid Edge using Generative Design, here's a simple click-by-click tutorial.



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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Running An App From The Quick Access Toolbar

To run a Solid Edge app from the Quick Access Toolbar or QAT, the procedure remains fairly same as that for the radial menu or the ribbon bar.

The difference is in the step to select the tab in the Customize dialog.
In this case select the Quick Access tab:


Also Read:
00. Running An App From A Ribbon Button
00. Running An App From The Radial Menu
00. Assigning a Keyboard Shortcut For An App
00. Running An App From The Quick Access Toolbar

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