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Highlights from Solid Edge 2020

John Pearson - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Solid Edge 2020 will be available for download soon (mid-July), so I thought I’d share my thoughts on this latest release from Siemens PLM Software. Click the links, if you haven’t already read the Press Release or seen the Fact Sheet. Plus, there have been numerous articles already posted about the new enhancements in Solid Edge 2020. So, I will not try and cover everything added or enhanced in this article. Instead I will focus on several features that I believe will benefit the average designer, or ones that I feel will have an impact on their current procedures. Hence the name of this blog article.

 

 

Switching to the Common License Platform

 

Solid Edge 2020 has adopted the Common Licensing Toolkit (CLT). This is the same license platform as NX, Teamcenter, NX CAM, Tecnomatix, etc. How will this affect the average user? There is only one major impact. V220 licenses will NOT validate previous versions. Siemens PLM recognizes that this can be a bit of an issue, if you wish to continue using an older version of Solid Edge, as you migrate to Solid Edge 2020. Therefore, they have stated that: “Customers may continue using their pre-v220 license in parallel during the migration to v220”.

 

 

My favorite Part environment enhancement

 

Solid Edge 2020 has made an enhancement to the existing Rectangular and Circular Pattern commands to support patterning of sketch elements, in the Ordered paradigm. This includes:

 

•Additional support of selection of sketch elements

•Support of orientation angle for rectangle pattern

•Preview of patterned instances within sketch

•Editing of pattern

•Add and delete support of sketch elements in pattern geometry

 

This is something that Users have been requesting for a long time, and I feel will be well received by most, if not all, designers.

 

 

My favorite Part environment new feature

 

Solid Edge 2020 has added a new Compare Models tool. Using the Compare Models tool allows a designer to compare two versions of a design file and easily understand what was added, removed, or modified between the two versions.

 


 

Similar to the compare drawings tool, this tool will compare models based on geometry (volume comparison), and File properties. This supports comparisons of parts, sheet metal parts, Assemblies, and FOP/FOA members.

 

 

My favorite Sheet Metal environment enhancement

 

Solid Edge 2020 has made an enhancement to the Ordered Lofted Flange, in the Bends option. The Bends option now creates real bends between planar plates. Previously, the bend marks were only written to DXF from within sheet metal environment. Therefore, the bend table would only pick up the 2 bends whether you used bend lines or not.

 


 

With this new enhancement, bend lines can now be listed individually.

 


 

My favorite Sheet Metal environment new feature.

 

Solid Edge 2020 has added a new Bend Bulge Relief command that will add relief to simple bend ends, where it is needed. A bend bulge is a model deformation that occurs when metal plates are bent. It’s more evident in parts with larger thickness and small bend radius. This deformation is not shown in bends created in Solid Edge sheet metal parts, but a need exists to create a relief to deal with them during manufacturing.

 


 

Here are some key points about this new feature:

 

•The user will select single or multiple eligible bend ends and define relief parameters

•The command will have three different options: Circular, V-Shaped and U-Shaped

•Relief cutouts will be created in the flat state and then bent back (hidden from user)

•The feature will be available in “Ordered” only, Sync users should use a hybrid approach

 


 

My favorite Assembly environment enhancement

 

Solid Edge 2020 has made several enhancements to improve assembly performance, including combining several display and interaction settings into a new high- performance mode for large assemblies.

 


 

The assembly enters this mode based on total component count setting, found on the “Assembly Open As” tab in the Solid Edge Options. Users can exit this mode from ribbon as needed.

 

 


 

This new command replaces the need to create a query, and can be accessed from the Select group. It allows you to search the assembly for components based on criteria.

 


 

My favorite Draft environment enhancement

 

Solid Edge 2020 has enhanced 2D geometry display performance. They do this by not displaying insignificant geometry (less than a pixel). This is controlled by the culling option on the View Tab, in Solid Edge options. Below is an example:

 

Example: Large Layout Drawing

  • •1,448,937 displayed objects

No culling – Display everything

•5.702 seconds to display

 


 

Culling enabled – Does not display tiny objects

•Perceived display change is insignificant

•1.56 seconds to display

 

 

My favorite Draft environment new feature

 

Alas, Solid Edge 2020 has no new features in Draft this time. Just enhancements to existing features. Efforts seemed to have gone into integrating the add-on packages for this release. Which leads me into my final section.

 

 

My favorite Add-on enhancement

 

For years now Solid Edge has had the Simply Motion environment built into the assembly environment. This is the introductory module for motion simulation from Design Simulation Technologies. In Solid Edge 2020, full functionalities of motion simulation are now available to validate various applications, such as:

 

•Size motors and actuators

•Determine power consumption

•Determine boundary conditions for stress analysis

•Friction

•Force Transmission

•Spring and Damper Stiffness

•Hydraulic actuators

•Reduce vibrations

•Understand unbalance effects on mechanisms

•Understand bearing loads

 


 

Solid Edge Motion creates moving parts directly from your assembly components and motion joints directly from assembly constraints. Solid Edge Motion enables you to:

 

•Ensure your assembly performs as expected without parts colliding.

 

•Increase the efficiency of your mechanical design process by utilizing a familiar interface/environment.

 

•Use a single engineering model, without transferring geometry to/from another application.

 

•Eliminate expensive design changes late in the manufacturing process.

 

Furthermore, if you already own a Solid Edge Premium license, you will get this enhanced functionality for free.

 

 

My favorite new Add-on

 

Solid Edge 2020 is introducing the new Solid Edge 2D Nesting package. This add-on will allow you to place your 2D flat patterns onto a flat sheet and efficiently nest them to ensure less waste of material.

 


 

The benefits are numerous, and include the following:

 

•New Manufacturing product for Solid Edge portfolio

•Stand-alone

•Works with Solid Edge files (PSM, PAR)

•Imports neutral data formats (DXF, DWG)

•Automatically extracts required data (if it exists)

•Most efficient nesting algorithm

•Continuous nesting improvement until Stop

•Export data into Solid Edge format (PAR, ASM, DFT)

•Export data into a neutral format (DXF, DWG)

•ROI very high based on material costs

•Can nest to multiple sheet sizes (reduce “tailings” AKA partial sheets)

•User can select the best nest from a list (not just latest one)

•Will nest inside openings (increase sheet usage)

•Angular control of parts + tilt allowance

•Universal spacing

•Generate both summary and detailed reports

•Save time while multi-tasking

 

 

Conclusion

 

Let me just emphasize that there are a lot more new and improved features, in Solid Edge 2020, than what I have mentioned in the article. Plus, I have only focused on several features that I believe will benefit the average designer, or ones that I feel will have an impact on their current procedures. Personally, I feel that this is another powerful release of Solid Edge, which will benefit all users. On the negative side, I was hoping for a Sheet Metal Manufacturing Add-on and a complete Architectural Symbol Library added to the Draft environment. I have been told that they are investigating these enhancements for future releases. If you would like to see these, or any other features added, please make sure you log an enhancement request (ER) with us by calling our tech line at 1-877-215-1883 or contact GTAC to log an ER.

 

From Harness Model to Harness Layout in minutes

John Pearson - Thursday, March 14, 2019

By now many of you have heard about the new Solid Edge Electrical package from Siemens PLM. If you haven’t, you can check it out here: https://solidedge.siemens.com/en/solutions/products/electrical-design/.

 

The website states that:

 

Solid Edge helps you overcome electromechanical design challenges with a dedicated solution for electrical design—enabling true co-design collaboration across electrical and mechanical domains.

Sounds impressive, but what does it really mean? In this blog, I want to show you a simple scenario that will illustrate the power and speed of this new module.

 

In this scenario, I have designed and modeled a wire harness sub-assembly for use in my larger master assembly.

 


 

 

I have designed this based on needs and specifications from the assembly without having a pre-existing schematic. I like to make sure everything fits before I worry about any documentation. Once I am satisfied with the model, I’ll need to create the accompanying documentation. For this sub-assembly, I will need a harness layout or flat harness design. In the past this would require a bit of time to re-create this model in my 2D schematic package. However, with Solid Edge Electrical, I can generate the 2D harness design in just a few minutes.

 

I start by creating a new diagram in Solid Edge Electrical. This diagram can be created in a new project or be added to an existing project.

 


 

With both Solid Edge and Solid Edge Electrical open, I connect the two products by clicking the connect icon in both packages.

 


 

Solid Edge 2019

 


 

Solid Edge Electrical 2019

 

Note: It’s worth noting that each package has configuration tools to set this up in advance. Plus, the packages can be on the same computer or different

computers.

 

Next, I launch the Bridge-In command from within the Solid Edge Electrical software and set my options.

 


 

Once I’ve set my options, I click Import and the harness design is automatically created for me. If necessary, I can easily reposition the symbols and tables.

 


 

 

In this example, my modeled parts in Solid Edge have corresponding internal parts with symbols in Solid Edge Electrical. This results in a very fast

generation of my harness layout. Furthermore, I can use the Cross Select command. This command allows me to click on a component in Solid Edge and the corresponding layout image highlights in Solid Edge Electrical. Likewise, I can click on a layout image and the corresponding model part highlights.

 


This is just one example of how the new Solid Edge Electrical package can save you time and money. Solid Edge Electrical includes a schematic diagramming application for wire design, harness design and layout tool, and Part library and Symbol library creation and management tools, but it is the collaboration capability that sets this package apart from all other packages that we’ve used in the past. If you’d like to learn more about the new Solid Edge Electrical, you can visit the link shown above, contact your Account Manager, or contact us at [email protected].

 

How to save an assembly as a single part file.

John Pearson - Friday, February 15, 2019

I’ve had a couple of calls, on our tech line this month, asking if it’s possible to save an assembly as a single part file. For users who are on ST10 or Solid Edge 2019 the answer is yes. Solid Edge refers to this as a One Body Assembly, and it is part of the Insert Part Copy command. 

 

Some of the benefits of a One Body Assembly are:

 

•It allows you to remove hidden or redundant detail.


•It enables data sharing while protecting intellectual property.


•It can be used for complex supplier parts, reference parts or layouts.


•It can improve performance in Large assemblies.

 

The basic process to create a One Body Assembly is as follows:

 

  • - Open a new part file in the ordered paradigm. 
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- Select the Part Copy command from the Home > Clipboard group.

 

 


 

- Select the assembly that you want turned into a One Body Assembly.

 


 

- The Part Copy dialog appears. Make sure your settings match the ones shown below.

 

 


 

Note: With these settings, a linked single body of the assembly will be placed into the part file.

 

Note: The following options, which can be used when necessary:

 

Adjust non-manifold conditions and merge - The option is off by default. When it is checked and there are multiple bodies created by the Part Copy feature, Solid Edge will adjust such bodies to remove the non-manifold conditions and merge into a single design body.

 

 

Remove voids - Removes voids from all the bodies created in the Part Copy.

 

- Click OK

 

- Click Finish on the command bar.

 

- Notice the results and the linked Part Copy in the PathFinder.

 

 


 

 

Note: This can be done in the synchronous environment, but you will not have a linked Part Copy.


 

Although the steps are relatively simple, this command can be extremely powerful and useful for scenarios mentioned above, so give it a try. Remember, if you run into problems, give us a call on our tech line at 1-877-215-1883, or send us an email at [email protected]. We may need access to your assembly, so be prepare to send it to us through Pack & Go.

 

I hope you find this helpful. 


 

 

A baker’s dozen of tips and tricks Part 2 – from 2018 SEU events

John Pearson - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

 

This is the second part, of our tips and tricks session, that we presented at our 5 SEU related events in 2018.

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Demo 6: Enhanced pattern along curve.

 


 

 

 

 


 

Note: This is demonstrated along with the Duplicate command as part of Tip #10

 

 


 

 


 

Demo 7: Part Weldments and the Duplicate command.

 

 


 

 

 


 

Demo 8: Placing Hole counts in Draft.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Demo 9: Using the Drawing View Tracker.

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

Link to Demo 10: Controlling the center of rotation.

 

 


 

This concludes the 2018 Bakers Dozen of Solid Edge Tips and Tricks. I hope that you have learned something new and can use some of these tips and tricks in your design work. Below is a list of other links where you can find additional Tips and Tricks.


•For more Tips and Tricks visit our blog at:

http://www.designfusion.com/blog.html

 

•or visit our YouTube Channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/user/EdgeCanada

 

•Or the Solid Edge User Community

https://community.plm.automation.siemens.com/t5/Solid-Edge/ct-p/solid-edge


 

 

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A baker’s dozen of tips and tricks Part 1 – from 2018 SEU events

John Pearson - Tuesday, January 01, 2019

This year, Designfusion hosted and participated in 5 Solid Edge University events. Starting with SEU Toronto, and followed by SEU Montreal, and then our 2-Day SEU event in Chicago. We then ran two events called the “Best of SEU 2018” in Olds, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba. One of the most popular sessions was our Tips and Tricks session. For those of you who missed one of these events, we offer you this blog which covers the tips and tricks session.

 



 

 

  • 1.Clean out your windows temp folder.
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To do this, you want to delete all the files in the C:\Users\[username]\AppData\ Local\Temp folder. Where [username] is the name that you use to log in to windows. You will need administrator privileges.

 


 

Note: If you can't find the AppData folder, you have to go to the View tab and select Options. In the Folder Options dialog, go to the View tab and make sure that you toggle on the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option.

 


 

Select all the files in the temp folder using the Ctrl+A keys, and then hit the Delete key. You’ll be prompted with the following message:

 


 

Click Yes. Don’t worry, Windows will not let you delete any files that it still needs. If Windows still requires a file, you will get the following message:

 


 

Toggle on the “Do this for all current items” option and click Skip.

 

If Windows still requires a folder, you will get the following message:

 


 

Toggle on the “Do this for all current items” option and click Skip.

 

Note: Once this task is complete, I would suggest that you also empty your Recycle Bin.

 

  • 2.Keep your drivers up to date.
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This becomes obvious when new versions of software are installed. Especially with graphic performance. Keeping your graphic card, and hardware, drivers up to date will eliminate most of these issues.

 


 

Demo 1A: Move and rotate faces.

 


 


 

Demo 1B: Move and rotate faces with the steering wheel.

 


 




 

Demo 2: Multi-Body parts and features.


 



 

Auto scroll assembly pathfinder

 

When checked, the assembly PathFinder scrolls to the component selected in the assembly window.

 



 

Demo 3: Using the Assembly Relationship Manager

 


 



 

Demo 4: Using Pack and Go.

 

 


 

 



 

Demo 5: Create a simple variable table motor.

 


 

This concludes Part one of this Blog. Look for Part 2, coming soon.

 

A look at NX Check-Mate

Raihan Solaiman - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Check-Mate is a very powerful tool in Siemens NX and is often overlooked. It provides an automated, customizable tool that aids in proactively improving product quality. Check-Mate has capabilities ranging from a simple spell check on all notes and annotations to reporting WAVE-linked objects in an assembly and the WAVE link status. While there are over 300 standard checkers, Check-Mate also allows the user to set up customized design checking to ensure all projects comply with their Company’s standards. For example, if your company works with layers frequently, a customized check can be set up to check if the specified layers or layer categories contain the object types to which they are mapped.

 

Check-Mate can be run interactively or in batch mode. Hence, hundreds of parts can be validated without any human interaction. It eliminates manual, error-prone processes that require designers to remember standards, requirements, and validation procedures. This enables designers to discover errors earlier in the product development process. Therefore, Check-Mate results in increased product quality while also reducing the product development time.

 

 


 

Benefits:

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  • - Reduces costs related to engineering change orders, warranty repairs, and product recalls
  • - Ensures adherence to company standards
  • - Eliminates costly and time-consuming downstream corrections
  • - Identifies noncompliance to company standards
  • - Alerts designers to inconsistencies in CAD model geometry
  • - Facilitates validation as an automatic practice rather than an afterthought

 

Features:

 

  • - Validation integrated with NX using HD3D user interface
  • - Model quality checking
  • - Assembly, file, and drawing checking
  • - Extensive library of standard checks
  • - Authoring capabilities for custom checks
  • - HTML-based reporting dashboard
  • - Interactive or batch mode checking
  • - Full integration with Teamcenter

 

 

There are a variety of standard checkers to choose from, and once tests are chosen and run, you will see the results in the ‘results’ section of the Check-Mate tab. While most tests will return a pass or fail result, some tests can pass with information or warnings. As you can see in the image below, the ‘Suppressed feature’ test passed with information. Thus, the test will provide you with information such as which feature is suppressed, and which part contains the suppressed feature.

 

 


 

The Check-Mate tool doesn’t stop there however. On top of it all, they’ve even added an option to generate an external log file for you. You can find this option when in the “Set Up Tests” dialog box, under the “Run Options” tab as seen below.

 

 


 

Once your tests have been executed, Check-Mate will generate an ‘.xml’ file for you, which contains a report of the results. You can open these files with a variety of programs, including internet explorer. Below is a snippet of what the results look like when opened with internet explorer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Additionally, if you are not satisfied with how the external log file displays the results, there is a Quality Dashboard utility (QDASH) that allows you to create custom report templates. This utility allows you to produce tables and graphs that can easily illustrate what parts are failing what checks and records that information. It can also collect quality metrics to show improvements or problem trends. Therefore, this report generator allows you to specifically choose what information to display and how to display it.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information or a demo of NX Check-Mate contacts your local account manager.

 

https://www.designfusion.com/contact.html


 

Installing the Solid Edge 2019 Free Viewer

John Pearson - Monday, October 22, 2018
Note: This Free Viewer can only be installed on computers that do not have an existing seat of Solid Edge.

  • 1.Go to the following site to download the Solid Edge Viewer Software:

https://solidedge.siemens.com/en/free-software/solid-edge-free-viewer/solid-edge-viewer-download/

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  • 2.Instructions for installing the viewer.

- Download the self-extracting executable from the web page

 

- Double-click the Solid_Edge_Free_Viewer_2019.exe file to begin the automated process of installation

- When the following screen appears, check the “I accept the terms in the license agreement” box, enter in your name and company(optional), and select the Modeling standard(optional). You can use the default install to path. Leave the License File and Optional File fields empty, and click Install.

 

 

 
  • 3.Obtain the license for the viewer.

 

Once installed, launch the Solid Edge viewer by clicking on the Solid Edge 2019 icon on the desktop. You will get an error message because you have not loaded a license file yet.

 


 

Click OK to dismiss this message and you will see the following dialog: 

 


 

Select the last option “I want to use the Viewer Mode/Free 2D Drafting” and click OK. This will complete the installation and launch the Solid Edge viewer.

Solid Edge University 2018 – Chicago

John Pearson - Monday, August 13, 2018

 

 

Designfusion is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Solid Edge University event in Chicago, Illinois. Registration is free, and the registration page is: https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/global/en/topic/solid-edge-university-chicago-cincinnati-usa/33044


 


 


 

 

When: Sept. 17-18, 2018

 

 

Where: The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)

UI LABS, 1415 North Cherry Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

 

Below is the tentative schedule:

 

Day 1:

 

 

 

Day 2

 

:

 

*Note: Schedule subject to change.

 

 

This is an excellent opportunity for Users and Managers, to learn what’s new in the latest version of Solid Edge, get some free training, see how other customers are using Solid Edge, and network with other users. Admission is free, so your company can send as many users as they wish. However, registration is required for this event. To register for this 2-day event go to the following link: https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/global/en/topic/solid-edge-university-chicago-cincinnati-usa/33044


 

 

Make sure to select the Chicago event when registering. If you have any questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].

 

For those of you coming in from out of town, UI Labs has the following preferred hotels:

 


https://ambassadorchicago.com/about/special-offers/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIiezb1r3b3AIVxbfACh1PPw4dEAAYASAAEgIe-_D_BwE

 


https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/chicago?_ga=2.236535361.1111084118.1533663135-55876794.1533663135

 

https://www.acehotel.com/chicago

 

Solid Edge 2019 Installation Download Notes

John Pearson - Friday, July 06, 2018

 

You can now download the new Solid Edge 2019 from the GTAC download site:

 

https://download.industrysoftware.automation.siemens.com/


You will need a webkey account to access this site.

 

 

**** Important****

 

If you are planning to install Solid Edge 2019 for a node locked license ONLY, you can download the Solid_Edge_2019.exe file.

 


 

 

 

This is a self-extracting file that will load Solid Edge 2019 and only Solid Edge 2019.

 

 

If you need to install the License Manager, Standard Parts Administrator, or any other of the components listed in the traditional Solid Edge installation menu, shown below, you will need to download the Solid_Edge_DVD_ENGLISH_2019.exe file. This self-extracting file will launch the traditional Solid Edge installation menu, shown below.

 


 

 

 

  • The Solid_Edge_DVD_ENGLISH_2019.exe file is found in the Media DVD folder.
 

 

The Solid_Edge_DVD_ENGLISH_2019.exe is number 4 on the list.

 


 

 

The Media DVD folder contains core Solid Edge and language-specific versions of the files you would receive if you requested physical media. The Media DVD downloads exists as the DVD includes applications that are language-specific (such as Mold Tooling and Electrode Design).

 

The additional subfolders (Data Management, Standard Parts, View & Markup, etc.) contain associated applications with language variations where available.

 

If you prefer to receive a physical DVD, send an email to [email protected] Be sure to include your customer install number (Sold-to ID) in the email text and "Solid Edge V219" as the email subject.

 

Download and Install:

 

Step 1: Download the desired self-extracting executable to your machine.

 

Step 2: Double-click the self-extracting executable. Contents will unbundle and install.

 

Note:  

 

Detailed installation instructions are available in the “sesetup.pdf” file extracted in the Solid Edge folder.

 

If you would like to download your license file, the License Management site is located at the following URL:


https://www2.industrysoftware.automation.siemens.com/LicenseManagement/Application

 

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