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Solid Edge: A baker’s dozen of Tips and Tricks (Part 1 of 3)

John Pearson - Thursday, July 02, 2015


Recently Designfusion held their annual Productivity Summit at the Microsoft office, in Mississauga. As part of the summit I presented a “Tips and Tricks” session that was well received. I promised that I would share these in a future blog article. So here is a baker’s dozen of tips and tricks:

    • 1.Holding down the Shift Key when using the Rectangle by Center command will create a square. (Added in ST7)




  • 2.Auto dimensioning done the correct way.

The biggest complaint with auto dimensioning is “I have to delete more dimensions than I would normally place”. However, if you use these settings Solid Edge will only place keyed in dimensions.


  • 3.Controlling rotation point
  • In the Select mode, Middle Mouse Button (MMB) click, in an empty screen space, to clear the small white select symbol attached to the cursor. The cursor will now appear with no symbols attached.




  • Move the cursor to one of the following positions and hold down the MMB to rotate:
  • I.Hold the MMB down on a vertex to rotate about the vertex.




  • II.Hold the MMB down on a linear edge to rotate about the linear edge.




  • III.Hold the MMB down on a face to rotate about the point on a face.




  • IV.Hold the MMB down on a circular arc or conic-shaped edge to rotate about the axis of the circular arc or conic-shaped edge.




  • 4.Clipping planes

I.Choose View tab→Clip group→Set Planes.




II.Select a planar face or reference plane, position the cursor to define the first clipping plane (A), and then click.

III.Position the cursor to define the second clipping plane (B), and then click.




IV.Click Finish.




Note: When you set the Dynamic Clipping option on the command bar, the clipping depth updates dynamically as you move the cursor during the Set Plane 2 Step. When you clear the Dynamic Clipping option the clipping depth updates when you click to define the second clipping plane.

Note: You can turn the clipped display on and off using the ‘Clipping On’ command, located below the Set Planes command, or use the Hot Keys (Ctrl + D).



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