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How-to create a reference view in draft and keeping associativity to your assembly.
1) Place the assembly has you would normally do in a MASTER MODEL draft,
2) To create the individual views, return to the MODELING environment.
3) Open the exploded view menu
4) Orient the view to the desire position and save as
5) From the exploded view menu, select hide component to hide the unwanted part
6) Hide the component
7) You can use the show component in view to show component
8) Save the work view when done
9) To change the work view to a canned view, RMB in the work environment and select replace view, from there select any view or use custom for a more specific view.
10) Return back to the drafting environment and add the newly create view to your sheet
The area of major concern I see (and coincidentally usually by users that are self-taught) is that the user will rely on the tutorials to learn how to create models and drawings. There is more to 3D models though as models interact with each other.
A model is not just a shape. There are inter-dependencies that exist between the drawing and the model, that model and any assembly that may contain this model, and more advanced methods of creating links associatively.
Once this is understood ask yourself “What would happen if I used Windows Explorer and dragged something to a different folder?” Well, the part would be relocated. If that is what you wanted to do congratulations…or is it? I thought we were also concerned with these interdependencies? New users need to know how to properly accomplish common tasks so I will discuss this in this segment.
Also we have a 3D model. A picture is worth a thousand words right? Well maybe sharing a drawing is worth a thousand words but what is a 3D model worth? Maybe we can also share this information a lot easier than you might have thought.
There is an App for That
Revision Manager will open a file so you can see the tree structure that any model file has. This is the preferred method to relocate files, repair links, rename file, and so on. Below is an example of what you might see. From there you can RMB on a part and select the action you would like to perform. This tool can not only do simple tasks but it has some advanced functions as well.
First point covered. Please use Revision Manager and save yourself the anguish of breaking links all the time and becoming frustrated, relocating files and getting errors about “File cannot be found” and so on. This subject is an imperative one that is covered in Fundamentals training. If you missed it or forgot about it now might be a good time for review.
All In One
Now you save the time and clicks of closing and opening another application, browsing to the file and waiting for it to reload.
It Is Always Polite To Share
Here you will get a view of your model. Markups, notes, and even the ability to email to another person can be done. If an email is sent, using “Send to Mail Recipient” the link to download the Xpresreview program for free will be included in the body of the email. Yup I said FREE! It will also be a unique file format that should be allowed through most email filters. The file size is also reduced.
So in summary there might be a few items you may want to review. Mind you these subjects are covered in our Fundamentals course. A few snags you may commonly run into if you are trying to learn on your own that cost time and energy. Hopefully I have offered something of value.
The way a part is modeled plays a big role on the downstream process, usually when trying to modify the model in “ordered”.
Here are the focus areas for today’s post.
1) Make the part 0.125” larger on all sides2) Rotate the part 90 degrees and center the front face on (0,0,0)3) Make all the rounds 0.125”
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If you haven’t already registered for this annual event, there is still time to join us in Atlanta from May 12-14, 2014. Designfusion will have 5 members of our team present at this year’s event. Three of them will be presenting as guest speakers. This conference continues to grow each year, and this year is no different. This year users can:
- - Meet the Solid Edge development team
- - Network with peers and Designfusion technical experts
- - Attend numerous training sessions, and
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Attendees will be welcomed at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, in Atlanta, GA, on Monday May 12 with a Welcome Reception from 6 pm to 8 pm. But the real excitement starts on Tuesday May 13, with the launch of ST7. Below are the tentative schedules for Tuesday and Wednesday.
You can see that, with this jam packed schedule, the learning potential is huge. This is not a marketing conference but a conference designed to educate users. This is why we call it Solid Edge University. So if you haven’t already registered, there’s still time to do so at http://solidedgeu.com/. We hope to see you there.
During a benchmark last week I demonstrated sensors. It had been a very long time since I have used that functionality and after seeing the usefulness it could provide for a prospect I decided to write a review for the blog. One such use is when constructing parts and assemblies, you often need to keep track of critical design parameters.
clearance for maintenance and operational purposes. You can use sensors to define and keep trackof design parameters for your parts and assemblies.
I admit I have never really paid much attention to rendering as a mouse jockey in the Cad field. I thought though that we have an opportunity to use the 3D model for yet another purpose and so, as SE as my tool, I trudged forward. I was able to accomplish making renderings for presentations, animations for demos to potential customers and a few other things but it seemed to be a little cumbersome and the learning curve was a bit long. This was good. Not great but good.
The rendering is CPU based. This means a computer that has many cores benefits and does not require much more than that for hardware. It also pauses, renderers in real time, and instantly stops if the CPU/resources are required elsewhere. Start it, go about your business, or go for lunch…whatever. It does a fantastic job at taking care of itself with no interruption to the user.
The ease of use for creating animations is great too. If you just want to tumble a model, explode and rotate, or whatever your needs may be there is a wizard to walk you through the setups. If you want to off that trail you are free to set up anything you want. Keyshot and the 3D models from Solid Edge can provide a symbiotic relationship that will provide great results without changing anything you already have. You can even embed them as HTML in webpages. You can even create iBook widgets!