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Solid Edge: A baker’s dozen of Tips and Tricks (Part 2 of 3)

John Pearson - Tuesday, July 21, 2015


  • 5.Direct editing tool in the ordered paradigm.

The direct editing commands in Solid Edge allow you to modify models imported from other applications that do not have a feature tree, or to modify native Solid Edge design models without accessing the current feature tree.




Notice that in the Move Faces, Offset faces, and Rotate Faces, there is a select option to select the body.




This allows you to move, offset, or rotate the entire body.

  • 6.Flash Fit, for bolts and screws

When using the FlashFit option to place assembly relationships, you can select the bottom cylindrical edge of the bolt head and the top cylindrical edge of the hole to fully position the fastener, like the insert relationship.




Resultant relationships are Mate and Axial Align with rotation locked.



Note: To select the cylindrical edges you have to have the Circular Edges option turned on in the Assembly Relationship options.




  • 7.Capture Fit

Ideal for hardware or commonly used components, capture fit remembers what relationships and geometry you used to originally place your component. When you place the component again it will prompt you only for the target geometry.


To use capture fit you must first place the component into an assembly using the assembly relationships that you plan to capture. Then select the Capture Fit command and save the relationships in the dialog.




  • 8.Section views in assemblies

In the assembly environment, the Section command is found on the PMI tab.




The steps are similar to constructing a cutout feature for a part.


•Plane Step

•Draw Profile Step

•Side Step

•Extent Step

•Select Parts Step


For the last step you have options on how to determine which parts are to be sectioned.




When you are finished, you are left with a visual section view.




Note:You can hide and show the section view by toggling it on and off in the PathFinder.



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