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How to Search the Assembly Pathfinder for a Named Component

John Pearson - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Solid Edge has a nice tool that can save you a lot of time if you need to isolate specific named parts in a large assembly. This tool is called Quick Query and can be found on the Select Tools tab of the PathFinder.



Let’s assume that you have to locate a component in a very large assembly. All you have is the component’s name to go by. Here are the steps to use the Quick Query to locate the named component.


  •    1.On the Select Tools tab, position your cursor over the Quick Query box, then right-click to display the shortcut menu.



   2.On the shortcut menu, set the Property option you want. In this example you need to select the Name property.



   3.On the shortcut menu, set the Condition option you want. You can set the condition to Contains, Is (Exactly), or Is Not.



   4.On the shortcut menu, click the Scope button to display the Scope dialog box, and then set the scope options you want.



Note: Solid Edge will remember the settings, so you only have to set them once if you continue to use the same property, condition and scope settings.


   5.On the Select Tools tab, type the value property you are searching for in the Quick Query box, and then click the Go button.



The parts that match the query properties you’ve defined are selected in the assembly window and PathFinder.




Note:Since the condition was set to Contains, it was not necessary to include the file extension. In fact, you do not even have to type the full name.


In this example, the Name property was used, but one could also search for components using any of the other properties listed in the quick query shortcut menu.


Quick queries are not stored on the Select Tools tab. If you wish to create a permanent query, click on the New Query button, on the Select Tools tab.




The Query dialog box will appear. Here you can define the query scope and criteria, as above, but you can also give the query a name. For example, below is a query, called Conveyor, which searches for the Category property which contains the word Conveyor.



Using this method saves the query in the assembly file for future reuse.



Queries can also be saved in the assembly template, so they can be reused in any of your assembly files, created from that template.

However you choose to use the queries they will provide quick and accurate search capabilities within your company’s assembly files.


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