Over the years I have noticed some gems in Solid Edge that I would like to share. Quick Query I feel is a small but powerful little nugget. I will list the steps below to perform a quick query in assembly and also try to state some benefits to this. Trust me it takes longer to explain than to do.
Firstly it is important to note that parts and assemblies have properties embedded in them. These fields should be used for a multitude of reasons from parts lists to searches. It would be important for all to understand this before moving on. Obviously these fields must have information in them in order for Solid Edge to report back anything.
Below I have an example part that exists in the example assembly I will use.
To check the properties
We can check what has been entered by going to the part properties. Select the Solid Edge application button and go to Properties>File Properties.
You can also look at the property manager, which will be discussed at a later date, or perhaps through automation if you have a custom program to assist in entering this data.
As you can see below we have an entry of “hardware” in the “Category” field. This is what we will perform a quick query on later.
We now return to the assembly.
Click on the “Select Tools” tab.
Perform a quick query
RMB in the blank area just below the words in the title bar that say “Select Tools” and the following menu appears. Note that these options correspond to those fields we had seen in the part properties. You can set up a search to find these items based on these same categories.
You can see the many choices presented to you for searching. Any one of them can be used. For this example we will search the “Category” field.
Let’s set up a Quick Query to find and part in the assembly with the word “hardware” in the “Category” field. We RMB in the blank area, and select “Category”. This sets the Quick Query option to search the “Category” field in all parts and select and highlight all that contain the word “hardware”.
Once the text has been entered, press the enter key and you should have all the parts highlighted and selected like below:
Note that the highlighted parts are any that contain the word “hardware” in the “Category” field. This search went into sub assemblies and patterns to select items. It would also select different items as long as the field had the word hardware in it. You could do a “Show Only” or other options for the selected set of parts.
There are many applications for this tool (another time we will discuss a full Query). Quick Query is very useful. It can select a set of items so you can do things like double check quantities or locations. Also, because it shows only items matching the query, it can help determine if an item might also be missing properties. This is good to know especially if those fields are required for a parts list in draft for example.