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Solid Edge ST6 introduced at SEU2013 – Part 2

John Pearson - Thursday, July 25, 2013

In last week’s blog I had started to discuss what was new in Solid Edge ST6, as introduced to us at Solid Edge University 2013 (SEU2013). I had left off with mentioning the new enhancements in surface modeling. So let’s continue with what’s new in Part and Sheet Metal modeling.


ST6 Part and Sheet Metal Design


Improved Steering Wheel – now has 3 directional axes to eliminate the annoying need to always flip the steering wheel.




Improved solution manager – including color control, something I had requested for some of our color blind users.


Faster revisions with synchronous technology - Include or exclude edges of peer parts during creation. Added exclude interior loops or use only interior loops, to the Extrude planar face option from ST5.


Better reuse with synchronous technology


  • ·         More robust rectangular and circular patterning.
  • ·         Pattern recognition allows count and instance editing of imported patterns.
  • ·         Partial round delete with end capping.
  • ·         Dimensioning chamfered edges uses virtual vertices.

 

Create stamped sheet metal parts with a single command – emboss a tool or punch into a sheet metal part.


Stiffen parts by adding features across bends - add beads, dimples, louvers, emboss features across bends


Sheet Metal Features on Parts - sheet metal features can be placed on regular ordered parts of uniform thickness without having to transform the part to sheet metal. This provides an especially efficient method in stamped metal design.

Again, there are many other enhancements in Part modeling which will benefit all users.

 

ST6 Assembly Design


Solid Edge continues their dominance in working with large assemblies. Along with some nice enhancements to PathFinder Indicators and Physical Properties, here are my favorite improvements:


Assembly occurrences can now be used for inputs to Boolean operations - No inter-part copy of the geometry is needed and multiple tool body components can be selected (see previous blog article).


Faster display - New display capabilities speed pan/zoom/fit by up to 2 times.


Complete overhaul of simplify assemblies


         New environment for creating user defined simplified representations.

         Enclose component automatically encloses components with rectangular or cylindrical solids.

         Duplicate body speeds simplification of copied or patterned components.

         Goal is to simplify models for effective design of 1 Million+ parts.

 

Create In-Place Enhancements – moved to optional QuickBar with better control over placing the origin.

 

Synchronous Assembly Modeling Peer Edge Locate – allows for improved key-point selection when modeling in the Assembly.


Plus several new enhancements to synchronous commands have been made while a user is in-place activated into a part or sheet metal file from an assembly.




ST6 Drafting


Two of the most exciting enhancements in Solid Edge ST6 appear in the Draft environment. When the following was demonstrated they received an enthusiastic round of applause from the audience at SEU2013.


Alignment control


         Align annotations with a linear, rectangular or fitted shape.

         Reposition the annotations by dragging the alignment shape.

 

Dimension auto-arrange


         Clean up messy dimensions with a single mouse click.

         Select dimensions by fence or by drawing view.

         Creates and aligns dimension grouping.

 

Some other notable changes in drawing production are:

 

         Faster zoom/pan, and hatch display with large 2D drawings.

         Auto-constrain 2D elements during drag-modify.

         Retrieve slot feature centerlines.

         Partial bolt hole circles.

         Simplified drawing view wizard.

         Shortcuts and easier sheet tab creation.

         Edit tables in place.

         Better editing of embedded documents.

         Drawing views are now displayed before placement.

         Derived break lines from one view to another.

         Align any drawing view with key-points or drawing view centers.

         2D directional fence select: left for overlapping, right for inside locate to.

         Create tables from placed blocks on schematic drawings.

 

These enhancements, and more, continue to make Solid Edge’s drawing capabilities the best on the market.




Help for SolidWorks refugees


One other noteworthy feature, added to Solid Edge ST6, is the new SolidWorks migration tool. Siemens is going after the SolidWorks customers who are concerned about the kernel change and loss of legacy data. This tool, combined with some other enhancements, will allow the SolidWorks user to:


  • ·        Protect their investment in design.
  • ·        Get the power of synchronous technology.
  • ·        Maintain speed and reliability with Parasolid.

  • If you are a SolidWorks customer and are concerned about the ongoing changes and mixed messages from Dassault Systemes, Siemens is willing to help you transition to Solid Edge, while protecting and reusing your legacy data.


 

Solid Edge ST6


As mentioned at the beginning of the article, I have only scratched the surface of what’s new in Solid Edge ST6. I did not even mention the enhancements in the simulation package, standard parts, framing, or data management. I will attempt to expand on the improvements in future blog articles. But I felt it important to give an overall account of Solid Edge ST6, as presented at SEU2013. I have worked with Solid Edge for over 10 years now and I am truly impressed with how the development team continues to listen to the actual customers. Solid Edge ST6 enhancements have truly been driven by the customers. The 3 core values for this release were to:


  1. 1.    Accelerate design for faster time to market.
  2. 2.    Faster revisions for higher repeat business.
  3. 3.    Better reuse for lower development costs.


Siemens has done a great job at meeting these core values with Solid Edge ST6. Judging by the excitement at SEU2013, this looks to be a great release with customers eagerly awaiting the arrival of Solid Edge ST6. The release date has not been finalized yet, but the general consensus is that customers can expect to receive their copy sometime in August 2013.

Solid Edge ST6 introduced at SEU2013 – Part 1

John Pearson - Friday, July 12, 2013

In the last few blog articles I have highlighted a couple of enhancements coming in Solid Edge ST6. Having just returned from Solid Edge University 2013 (SEU2013), where customers were introduced to Solid Edge ST6, I thought I should try and list some of the more than 1300 enhancements. Clearly, with over 1300 enhancements, it would be a major job to list and discuss all the changes, so I will only highlight some of the major improvements.


Before looking at some of the new features in Solid Edge ST6, I think it’s worth mentioning that in Q2, Solid Edge license business in the US has seen a 25% year over year growth. Combine this with the growing number of packages that work with Solid Edge; it is clear the Siemens is fully committed to the continued growth and success of Solid Edge.


Some of the new partners introduced at SEU 2013 include CAMWorks for Solid Edge, KeyShot and CRABCAD, just to name a few. I found the CAMWorks for Solid Edge to be the most intriguing new partner. It allows for machining of your Solid Edge model directly in the Solid Edge package. I will discuss this in future blog articles once I have been fully trained on this new package.



It was also clear, to the over 500 users that attended SEU2013, that Siemens is listening to their customers. As I mentioned earlier, Solid Edge ST6 satisfies over 1300 customer requests. This is the breakdown as presented to us at SEU2013:




So what did I find to be the most intriguing new features? First, I really like the new ability to install multiple versions on the same computer (see earlier blog article on how to set this up). Although this is for test purposes only, it will go a long way to allowing smoother upgrades, especially for smaller companies. Solid Edge ST6 also adds some new user experience tools, such as:


New user persona environments - to customize the user environment based on his level of expertise with the software.


YouTube in Solid Edge - The YouTube search and upload feature within Solid Edge ST6 allows you to upload pre-recorded videos, or record your own video within the UI and upload it directly through the Solid Edge application.


Record Videos in Solid Edge - Solid Edge ST6 provides the ability to record design workflows within the application.


Command Finder Updates - Enhancements have been made to the Command Finder to provide the user with additional information for searched items that are not considered Solid Edge commands.

 

Android Tablet Viewer - Solid Edge now has an App available to view part, sheet metal, and assembly files on an android powered tablet. Similar to the iPad App introduced in ST5.

Combine these new tools with enhanced learning tools and the expanded Solid Edge community, and you will find the overall user experience is greatly improved.


ST6 Surface Modeling


Some major improvements in Part modeling also impressed me and many of the other users at SEU2013. My favorite enhancements include the following:


Major overhaul of the Surfacing environment

  • ·         New easy-to-use 3D surface control handles for on screen edits of curvature with graphical            magnitude handles and numeric values.
  • ·         Key-point curves now with C2 support.
  • ·         Robust bounded surfaces also with C2 support.
  • ·         Blue surface command now has C2 handles and optional curvature combs.
  • ·         Trim and extend is now a single super command.
  • ·         Ruled Surface command added - allows the user to pick a curve and
  •        generate a sweep of linear cross section along a curve or edge.
  • ·         Redefine Surface command added - that allows a surface or group of adjacent surfaces to            be replaced with a single editable BlueSurf.
  • ·         Model Reflective Display - a new display mode has been introduced specifically designed            for studying curvature and volumes of surface models of symmetric parts.
  • ·         Plus so much more to allow users to model highly aesthetic consumer products.

There are many more improvements to mention, and I will continue to do so in next week’s blog.



How to show/paint individual parts/components in a draft file

John Pearson - Thursday, July 11, 2013

In the following example I wish to show only the weld bead as a solid in the draft view.




To do this, I first create a Fill Style by doing the following:



On the Home tab > Dimension group select the Styles command.



Select Fill from the Style types: list, in the Style dialog.





Click on the New button in the Style dialog.



In the Name: field type in a new name, for the style. In this example I used Weld.





Move to the Properties tab and select a desired fill color from the Solid color: pull-down list.





In this example I selected Dk Gray. Click OK.




Click Apply to accept the new Fill Style.




Now I can paint the sections in the draft view by doing the following:

From the Sketching tab > Draw group, select the Fill command.





Select the Weld fill type, from the list in the command bar.




Now select the enclosed areas that you wish to paint on the draft views.





I now have a solid looking weld bead, while maintaining the wireframe look to the rest of the parts in the drawing view.






Synchronous Assembly Modeling Boolean Commands in ST6

John Pearson - Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The user can now use faces and bodies from other assembly occurrences directly when executing Boolean operations for the “Tool” step such as Union, Subtract, Intersect, and Split.



This enhancement is intended to remove the Inter-Part Copy step during a synchronous in-place activated modeling operation. Not having to create Inter-Part copies accelerates the design process and avoids the necessity of having to save the Inter-Part copies in the PathFinder.

 

Let’s have a look at the following example:



In this example, I have raised the motor up to show that we need to place some cutouts and holes in the underlying plate.



First, I will edit into the Base Plate part from within the assembly. Make sure that the Hide Previous Level command is turned off in the Part environment. 



Next, I select the Boolean Subtract command from the Solids group in the Home tab.


You are prompted to select the target bodies for the Boolean. In this example, I select the base plate part. 



You are then prompted to identify the tool bodies. In this example, I select the motor and the four mounting bolts, and accept the selection. 



If we hide the tool bodies, you can see the result of the Boolean operation.



Remember, this is a synchronous part, so we can easily add a dimension to the inner cutout and increase the size for clearance.


We can also use the Recognize Hole command and easily convert the holes to threaded holes.


This is just one of the many new features in Solid Edge ST6 geared to accelerate your design process, allowing for faster time to market. 


Solid Edge ST6 Offers Multiple Version Installation

John Pearson - Thursday, June 27, 2013

 

Solid Edge ST6 Offers Multiple Version Installation

 

Solid Edge ST6 now provides the user with the ability to run multiple release versions at the same time. This will allow easier testing of new releases prior to putting them into production. The earliest supported version of Solid Edge for multiple install with ST6 is Solid Edge ST4.

 


Solid Edge Multiple Install will not allow certain combinations of the software to be installed together. For example, users will not be able to have multiple versions of MP’s (maintenance packs) installed from the same release version.

 



Users should also not install different 32/64 Bit versions of Solid Edge on the same system.

 

 

 

 

 


Since this new feature is designed for testing purposes, secondary applications are not fully supported with multiple installs. For example, Solid Edge Embedded Client, Standard Parts, Automated Executions, are not supported.

 

In order to successfully install multiple versions of Solid Edge, the user must run a silent install on the latest version. Before running the silent install, a few steps must be followed:

 

1.    When installing multiple versions of Solid Edge, it is recommended that users install the oldest version first, followed by the latest.

2.    Ensure that you install the associated MP for the oldest version prior to installing the second version on your system.

 

3.    Ensure that the user attempting the silent install has administrator privileges.

 

 

Solid Edge Silent Install

 

You can silently install Solid Edge ST6 using the following command. Be sure to enclose path names in quotes if they contain spaces.

 

Note: Do not silently install Solid Edge if you use Standard Parts or Web Parts. These components require the .NET framework, and the .NET framework is installed only when you run setup.exe.

 

C:\>msiexec /i “D:\CM_SETUP\DISK1\Solid Edge ST6.msi”

MYTEMPLATE=2

USERFILESPECXML=”K:\temp\My Docs\Options.xml”

USERFILESPEC=”K:\temp\My Docs\selicense.dat”

INSTALLDIR=”C:\Program Files\Silent Solid Edge\” /qn+

/l*v “K:\temp\mysilentsetup.log”

 

·         The string D:\CM_SETUP\DISK1\Solid Edge ST6.msi represents the fully qualified path to the Solid Edge MSI file. The drive letter D is only an example of the drive letter for the DVD ROM. Your drive letter may be different.

 

·         The MSI property MYTEMPLATE indicates which type template files are to be installed. Ignoring this property defaults the installation to ISO template files.

 

Integer

Value

1

Metric

2

JIS

3

ISO

4

ANSI

5

DIN

6

UNI

7

ESKD

8

GB

 

·         The MSI Property INSTALLDIR is used to specify the installation folder for the application.

 

·         The MSI Property USERFILESPECXML provides the optional installation of a SE Admin file. You should supply a fully qualified path and filename. This file is copied to the Solid Edge Program folder and processed at the end of the setup.

 

·         The MSI Property USERFILESPEC optionally provides a license file that setup copies to the Solid Edge Program folder at the end of the setup.

 

·         The argument "/qn+" instructs the Windows installer to provide NO user interface and alert you at the completion of the setup using a dialog box. Refer to the Windows help system for further information about Windows Installer arguments. Leaving this argument off the command line will display the setup user interface with selections made and fields provided.

 

Note:  If you are using this option, some installations that require user interaction could fail.

 

·         The argument "/l*v" tells the Windows installer to create a log file of important messages, warnings and errors and write it to the location provided, in this example, K:\temp\mysilentsetup.log. Additional information regarding logging options can be found in the Solid Edge readme.txt file.

 

Note:  Solid Edge requires Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express. Solid Edge setup.exe automatically installs SQL Server 2008 Express, if it does not exist on the machine. The msiexec utility, commonly used for silent install, will not install the SQL Server 2008 Express software. This must be done manually.

 

Note: After you complete the commands on the command prompt and press “Enter” there will be no indication that the install is running. The install will run in the background until complete, in which case it will inform you whether it was successful or not.



Set Active Solid Edge Version

 

When running multiple versions of Solid Edge on a single machine, users will have to decide which version they will want to be active.

 

 

Users will be provided with a SESetActiveVersion.exe tool in order to switch between active versions of Solid Edge.



 

This will be located within the “DVD\Solid Edge\SptTools\SESetActiveVersion” directory on the installation disk. The User Interface provided with the tool will show which major release versions of Solid Edge are present on the system. To activate a different version, select the desired option from the drop down list and click “Activate”.



Uninstalling Multiple Versions

 

Upon completion of your testing of Solid Edge ST6, it is recommended that you uninstall all versions and reinstall the production version from scratch. The possibility of corruption of the remaining versions exists following the uninstalling of only one version of Solid Edge.




Synchronous Hole Recognition

John Pearson - Thursday, June 20, 2013

If you are using the synchronous modeling in Solid Edge ST5 you may have noticed the new Recognize Hole command found under the Hole Command flyout.




This command, specifically designed for imported models with no history, enables cylindrical cutouts to be automatically identified and re-defined as synchronous procedural hole features. It is available in the Part, Sheet Metal and Assembly environment. The user simply has to select the command and select the model. Holes are automatically recognized and displayed in the Hole Recognition dialog.


 




Hole types and sizes are grouped together automatically.


 


A user can choose not to recognize a cylindrical feature as a hole by toggling off the check mark for the feature.



Within the dialog, you can rename the hole features, by double clicking on the default feature name. You can also redefine the hole feature, by applying saved settings or by using the hole options dialog.




Once the user selects OK, to accept the hole options change, a preview of the new hole parameters is shown on the model. The user then selects OK, in the Hole Recognition dialog, to accept the change.



The user can use the Face Selection option to recognize holes only on selected faces.




Pre-selection of a face, or faces, is also supported. You can select a face, or faces, and then run the Recognize Holes command, to perform recognition on only the selected face(s).



The Hole Recognition command allows users to add intelligent synchronous procedural hole features to imported models. Because it’s a hole feature, it also recognizes the user defined pattern created in all hole features, which can be used for rapid placement of bolts or screws in the assembly.


Customizations and Upgrading Solid Edge

Cory Goulden - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
With the ST6 coming one thing is certain…changes are coming.  This next topic will discuss how to transition from ST4 to ST5 (and as well can be used for ST6 upgrades) in relation to the customizations in Solid Edge.
There are certain things that a CAD Administrator can set up for you and share amongst the masses.  If you do not have the luxury of a CAD Administrator, it is very worthwhile to have users share setups.  It would be best if there was only one person setting things up as this keeps everything to a standard.
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Solid Edge can, quite easily, bring toolbar settings from version to version.  The toolbars can be re-used as it were.  Also to note is the fact that these customized toolbars can be deployed on a user specific basis as well as a base company template type setting.  For instance, a company standard toolbar customization could be deployed and the user would then be allowed to take it from there.  Every company has certain functions that vary from what SE sets up out of the box.  Companies vary as well.  Users vary even further.  It would be worthwhile to invest the time once to set up company templates and environment settings.  If you do it once, there would be years of savings moving forward.
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The image below illustrates the settings you can set up and take with you from version to version.  Keyboard, Quick access, Ribbon, and Radial Menu options can all be set up.



Screenshot of "Customize" Menu

 

The next sessions we will discuss how to set up everything.  I always like to have the “Previous Window” (in Draft for this example).  These are the steps I would go through.  Open a draft file, although you can do this without opening a file.  Select the down arrow beside the QAT and go to “Customize the Ribbon”.
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The following dialogue box opens:



Expand the “View” tab on the left and expand the “Home” tab on the right to look like the image below.
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Have “Previous View” selected on the left and select “Window” from under the home tab on the right and then hit the “Add” button.  It should look like this:
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Close the dialogue box and you should notice on your Home toolbar that the Previous View icon has been added.  You may be asked if you want to save this if you need to create a new theme or you could save it to an existing customization.

You can also right click and the following menu shows up allowing you to set the options for the new icon:

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These settings are saved in the following locations in ST5:

Vista/Win 7:

C:\Users\”username”\AppData\Roaming\Unigraphics Solutions\Solid Edge\Version 105\Customization\

XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\”username”\Application Data\UnigraphicsSolutions\Solid Edge\Version 105\Customization\

Windows 7 shown below for reference:



These settings can be shared between different users and computers.  As you can see, each theme is in a different folder and each type of customization (QAT, Radial Menus, Ribbon, ect) is in a separate file.  Because it is external to the install directory of Solid Edge and is not in the registry these customizations traverse updates to the software version.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING TIPS LIKE THESE, PLEASE VISIT US AT THE SOLID EDGE UNIVERSITY.  I WILL BE PRESENTING AS WELL AS JOHN PEARSON AND MANY OTHER KNOWLEDGEABLE SOLID EDGE USERS.

http://www.solidedgeu.com/

Solid Edge Quicksheets

Cory Goulden - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A “Quicksheet” is a template of drawing views that are not linked to a model. You can then drag a model from the Library tab or from Windows Explorer onto the template, and the views populate with the model.  If you have standard views on a particular size of drawing, for example, you can have the Draft preconfigured to populate itself based on the model you place on the sheet.

You will to need to set up a Draft sheet (but do not use production drawing as the drafting information will be removed upon save) with your views and other items such as Parts Lists.


1. Go to the SE Application button 


2. From the Application menu, choose the “Create Quicksheet Template” command.


3. Save the file to a location and give it a name that easily identifies it.  It is best to place this on a network area other users can get to if it is useful to share the Quicksheet.   It is also best to locate it in a similar area to where the company templates for SE reside.


* Almost all view properties, including general properties, text and color properties, and annotation properties, are maintained. However, some display properties, such as selected parts display, Show Fill Style, and Hidden Edge Style, are not maintained.


Now a Quicksheet template has been created, but how do we use it?


1. Open your Quicksheet template (either through Windows Explorer or if you set up your User Templates and placed the Quicksheets in that location hit New>Quicksheet> and select your Quicksheet).


2. Drag and drop your desired Part or Assy onto the sheet from Windows Explorer or through the Library tab in Solid Edge.


3. Solid Edge will place the geometry and will be ready for the next steps.

Integrated Modeling in Solid Edge

John Pearson - Monday, November 19, 2012

With any new technology, you have your early adopters. This is followed by a general acceptance of the new technology, and of course, you always have your hold outs or late adopters.  Solid Edge ST and ST2 appealed to the earlier adopters for synchronous technology. With ST3, ST4 and now ST5, we are seeing most of our customers starting to use synchronous modeling. This of course has led to many questions. The most asked question is; “Should I use synchronous or ordered modeling?” The answer to this is yes.

One of the unique qualities of Solid Edge is that you are not locked into using synchronous or ordered modeling. Integrated modeling allows you to use both synchronous features and ordered features within the same part or sheet metal model. As a rule of thumb, I encourage users to start with synchronous modeling. If they run into some issues that can’t be addressed with synchronous features, they can switch to the ordered paradigm to complete the model. Let me illustrate this with the following example:

I wish to model the sheet metal cover shown in the following image.

I start in the synchronous paradigm and create a tab, for the top of the cover.

I then add 2 synchronous flanges, in one step, to create the back and left side of the cover.

One of the current limitations, in synchronous sheet metal modeling, is that you cannot drive a flange along a circular edge. Realizing this I will hold off creating the front and right sides until the end, when I will use an ordered feature.

I next use 2 bead synchronous features to create the slots at the top of the part.

I then transition to the ordered paradigm to complete the model.

I use the ordered Contour Flange command to create the front and right face of the cover.

The nice thing about this approach is that it still allows me to modify the model using the synchronous Move/Rotate command.

Live Rules and all the other synchronous editing tools still apply to the model.

As I modify the model, synchronous features update instantly, followed by the re-computing of any ordered features.

For those of you who attended our productivity seminars, you saw this demonstrated live. Other users have learned this process in one of our many synchronous modeling courses, offered over the last year.

This is just one of many examples where Integrated Modeling allows you to benefit from the new synchronous technology, while still utilizing some of the tried and true methods of the ordered technology.  As Solid Edge continues to develop the synchronous features, you may find that you’ll use less integrated modeling. But for now this provides you with a reliable and safe platform to further advance your adoption of this amazing new modeling paradigm we call synchronous technology.

If you’d like to learn more about integrated modeling, you can attend one of our synchronous modeling courses

Editing Part/SM Operations in Assembly

Cory Goulden - Monday, November 05, 2012
In ST5 you can now perform edit operations, from the assembly environment, without first in-place-activating to enter the model directly.  Things you can do:

• Locate, select and edit of ordered features
• Edit synchronous procedural features
• Delete synchronous face-sets and ordered features
• Move face-sets (sync feature) in synchronous parts

Let’s take a look!

Firstly, ordered features are now selectable via the Face Priority select option. (remember hotkey combo is CTL + Spacebar)

Notice in the example below that “Protrusion 1” is available from the Quickpick options in assembly now.


Once selected, “Protrusion 1” has its options displayed for going directly into the features parameters.



Select whatever you would like to edit and SE will take you directly there.  Once complete, just close and return.  This will take you back to where you were in the assembly.

This saves time from previous versions by allowing you to go directly to what you want to modify and brings you back to the assembly reducing the number of mouse clicks.

Editing synchronous procedural features from the assembly level does not in-place-activate the user into the part.  Procedural features are things such as Patterns, Thin wall, Helix, Hem, Dimple, Louver, Drawn cutout, Bead, Gusset, and Etch.  These are editable directly in the assembly.

Using Face Select again, “Louver 1” is selected.
The handle for the procedural features shows up.  If selected we are presented with the following options.

Also, if we were to select the adjacent lover we would be presented with the following options:

Notice that the option to edit the pattern is there.  I know what the usual next question would be “How would I know how to edit the parent of the pattern?”.  Notice the option for “Louver 14”.  If you were to select it, you would be presented with the same options as previously mentioned.



We select “Pattern 1” and now we can modify the parameters that define the pattern.

Once selected, click on the PMI callout “Pattern 2 x 4” and we will get the following options:


Notice we have not left the Assembly environment.
One thing to note about this type of editing: Procedural Feature profile editing requires in-place-activating first.  Also, there is no access to the profile handle from within the assembly.
Happy Edging!

If you would like to learn more about “What’s New in ST5”, stay tuned for our new Update Training course.