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How to upgrade to Solid Edge 2020

John Pearson - Friday, September 06, 2019
  1. With the release of Solid Edge 2020, several early adopters have contacted us requesting help in upgrading. Normally this is relatively a simple process, but this release has introduced a new common licensing platform. This introduction has caused some confusion, so I will try to clarify it, in this blog article.


Welcome to the Common License Platform!


The common license platform is the license platform used by NX, Teamcenter, NX CAM, Tecnomatix, etc. So, I can only assume that Siemens is moving Solid Edge to this platform in a move to align all products to the same licensing platform. If you already use other Siemens products, you are probably already familiar with the common licensing platform. If not, then the following information will explain the common licensing platform and how to use it.

First, let me explain some of the main differences or changes from the previous licensing:

  • 1.The old Solid Edge CID is now referred to as COMPOSITE2 or COMP2.
  • 2.All Solid Edge 2020 Floating/Server Managed products will now use the UGSLMD license daemon.
  • 3.Solid Edge seats can now be on the same Sold-to & in the same license file with other common licensed products.
  • 4.Client License file location will now be based on the SE_LICENSE_SERVER environment variable.
  • 5.Solid Edge 2020 licenses will NOT validate previous versions of Solid Edge.


Note: Customers may continue using their pre-v220 license in parallel during the migration to v220


For some of you, this may make perfect sense, but most of you are still wondering how this will affect your installation of Solid Edge 2020. I think the best way to clarify this is to go through the steps of a standard upgrade process.


Transition Plan to v220 – Existing Floating Customers


The biggest change that you will notice here is that all current Solid Edge Server Dongles (SE_HWKEY_ID=36243) are being retired, and all Unique Host ID (MAC Address) are being retired. Instead you will have to register your license servers composite with Siemens to get your permanent license file. Instructions should have been sent to your company with a temporary 30 Day v220 license file. A quick summarization of these instructions are as follows:

  • 1.Customers will be required to run GetCID.exe to obtain their COMPOSITE ID


  • 2.Customers can register their CID for the first time on the License Management page.


  • 3.Once the COMPOSITE ID, is registered the permanent license will be generated & delivered.


A few points to note about the new v220 license file are as follows:

  • - Solid Edge will use an Environment Variable to define the license file location (Not hardcoded)
  • - The environment variable for Solid Edge is: SE_LICENSE_SERVER
  • - Solid Edge license files sent form Siemens via e-mail to the customer are named License_Ugslmd.txt
  • - Solid Edge license files downloaded from License Management are named license.dat



Once you have obtained your license file, you can download the new license manager software from the download page on the GTAC website.


Remember, you will need a webkey account to access this page, just like in previous releases.


Once you’ve accessed this page, locate the SPLM License Server folder and download the executable file inside the folder.





Install this new license manager on your license server computer. You will be prompted for your v220 license file during the installation process.


You are now ready to install Solid Edge 2020 on your clients. The only change here is that the installation will set up an Environment Variable to define the license file location. The environment variable for Solid Edge is: SE_LICENSE_SERVER. You no longer have to copy the license file to your clients.


Transition Plan to v220 – Existing Node-Locked Customers


For existing Node-locked customers, Siemens has all current COMPOSITE2 values stored with the customers Sold-to ID. At release time, Siemens will deliver the new v220 COMPOSITE2 licenses to current maintenance customers (e.g. HOSTID = COMPOSITE2 = CFC84692D647).


The main differences you may notice are:

  • 1.Your license file can be stored in any folder, as long as the SE_LICENSE_SERVER environment variable is defined to that location.
  • 2.Solid Edge 2020 licenses will NOT validate previous versions of Solid Edge.
  • Note: Customers may continue using their pre-v220 license in parallel during the migration to v220
  • New information on the license utility
  • The License Utility now shows the defined path for the SE_LICENSE_SERVER environment variable, along with the value for the COMPOSITE2.

  • FAQs

Q: Will a v220 license file validate earlier releases of Solid Edge?


A: No. Solid Edge 2020, v220, moved to the SPLMS Common License platform to be consistent with other SPLMS products. Moving to the Common License platform utilizes a new license daemon and encryption, therefore will not validate prev220 releases.


To clarify, Solid Edge 2020 will open files created in older versions of Solid Edge, but the v220 license will not run older versions of Solid Edge.


Q: Given that v220 licenses are not backward compatible (i.e. will not validate a v219 or earlier release) are customers allowed to continue using their current version of Solid Edge along with v220?


A: Yes. During the transition to v220 customers will be allowed to use their current version v219, ST10, and so on in parallel with v220 during the transition. Once v221 releases, the overuse piracy detection will be reinstated.


Q: Are Solid Edge Server Dongles still supported in v220 for floating licenses?


A: No. Along with the move to the CLT platform, the Solid Edge Server Dongles will be retired. All Solid Edge floating software will now be validated against a Composite ID, just like the other SPLMS products on the CLT platform, NX, Teamcenter, and so on.


Q: Can a customer register their Composite ID on the License Management web site?


A: Yes. If a customer has not registered a Composite ID for their floating licenses on their Sold-to before. To register a Composite ID, connect to the License Management

site, login with WebKey, Click on the Composite Host ID, enter the Composite ID and Host Name of the computer, and click Submit.


Q: How long does a customer have to register or provide their Composite ID for their floating licenses?


A: Customers who have not registered a Composite ID will receive a 30-day temporary license to allow time to get it registered.


Q: How do you find the Composite ID?


A: Download the GetCID.exe from Support or run the GetCID.exe delivered in the Program folder with the installation of v220.


Q. What happens if a customer does not register their Composite ID within the 30-day time period?


A: The customer will need to register their Composite ID on the License Management site, login with WebKey, Click on the Composite Host ID, enter the Composite ID and Host Name of the computer, click Submit.


Q: With the move to Common License platform, can Node-Locked and Floating products be on the same Sold-to ID?


A: No. In order to retain the use of Product Activation (customer self-administered node-locked licensing) to assign and re-assign Node-Locked seats, Floating and Node-Locked products need to be on separate Sold-to IDs.


Q: Will customers have to return their Solid Edge Server Dongles once they have migrated to v220?

  • A: No. Customers may keep their Solid Edge Server Dongle and/or dispose of it themselves if they so desire.


Q: If a customer has Solid Edge floating licenses on the same Sold-to configuration with NX & Teamcenter will they receive a permanent license?


A: Yes. The same composite registered for NX & Teamcenter will be used to create a single license file for all three products.




Any change can initially be confusing, hopefully this article has helped clarify the new common license platform in Solid Edge 2020. As mentioned previously, customers with other Siemens software should find this familiar and will streamline their license management. They will no longer have to manage Solid Edge separately from the other Siemens products. For other customers, if you still don’t feel confident enough to install this yourself, contact your reseller for assistance. If you are a Designfusion customer, contact our tech line at 1-877-215-1883.




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


•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


•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





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.


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. 

- 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:


•or visit our YouTube Channel at:


•Or the Solid Edge User Community



Reverse Engineer a Turbine Wheel from Scanned Data.

Manny Marquez - Monday, January 07, 2019


Check out our other youtube videos here


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.

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.

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.


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:

  • 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 2019 Installation Download Notes

John Pearson - Friday, July 06, 2018


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

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.




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:


What’s New in Solid Edge 2019

John Pearson - Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Some of you may be asking “What happen to Solid Edge ST11?”. Siemens PLM has decided to adopt the year format, thus making the next release Solid Edge 2019. Products in the Solid Edge portfolio will also adopt this year format name change. For example, “Solid Edge Illustrations” will be named “Solid Edge Illustrations 2019”. This name change helps associate each Solid Edge release with a year as well as provide naming consistency across our portfolio of products.Longtime users will also notice other subtle changes such as:

Install location example:


C:\Program Files\Siemens\Solid Edge 2019


AppData location example :


C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Siemens\Solid Edge\Version 219


Registry example :


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Siemens\Solid Edge\Version 219



The Splash screens have been updated to reflect the year-based naming.The primary license name has been added to splash screens.






The focus for Solid Edge 2019 seems to be the Solid Edge Portfolio. Siemens continues to expand their presence in the mainstream engineering market by adding additional affordable add-ons to compliment the powerful Solid Edge design package. This time out, they’ve added the following new packages:


Solid Edge Electrical – A best-in-class electrical package that includes:

  • Harness Design - Rapid and intuitive harness and formboard design tools with automated part selection, design verification, and manufacturing report generation allows engineers to quickly and confidently bring products to market.
  • Wiring Design - Wiring design and simulation tools for the rapid creation and verification of electrical systems allows design teams to overcome electro-mechanical design challenges earlier in the design cycle.
  • Electrical Routing - Efficiently create, route and organize wires, cables, and bundles using Solid Edge Electrical Routing. Links to Solid Edge Wiring and Harness Design tools, allows electro-mechanical design teams to create complete and accurate digital mockups, containing both mechanical and electrical components, removing the need for expensive physical prototypes.
  • PCB Design - Schematic capture and PCB layout tools, including sketch routing, hierarchical 2D/3D planning and placement, and ECAD/MCAD collaboration, simplifies the complex task of printed circuit board design.


This looks to be one of the highlights of this new release. This is a standalone package from Mentor (A Siemens Company), which can be connected to Solid Edge, allowing data exchange directly between Solid Edge and Solid Edge Electrical. Solid Edge & Solid Edge Electrical can be configured to work on either the same machine or a remote machine.





Solid Edge data management – Siemens PLM has enhanced what they previously called Solid Edge built-in Data Management and renamed it to Solid Edge data management. This provides a set of tools to help manage Solid Edge data with no additional purchases or installation. Although this data management requires no additional purchases or installation, it does require some setup. Companies that set this up should know that it is scalable to Teamcenter if their needs require this in the future.



Solid Edge Requirements Management – This is a portfolio offering for customers that cannot use Teamcenter, for whatever reason, but need requirement traceability. This is powered by Polarion, – a subset of SIEMENS-owned Polarion ALM (Application Lifecycle Management). This will allow customers to meet compliance mandates in aerospace, medical devices and other regulated industries. This does require an additional purchase, installation, and setup.



Solid Edge Portal – Free cloud-based collaboration. The Solid Edge Portal offers online CAD management, viewing, and collaboration—for free. With browser-based access for viewing and markup of CAD files, on any device, you can work in real time, from anywhere. Experience secure, controlled sharing of project documents and CAD files.



Solid Edge CAM Pro - A comprehensive, highly flexible system that uses the latest machining technology to efficiently program your CNC machine tools, from simple NC programming to high-speed and multi-axis machining. Associative toolpaths for parts and assemblies speed design changes and updates. Solid Edge CAM Pro is powered by NX, and replaces the NX Cam Express, but maintains all its functionality, and more.




Sticking with improving the Solid Edge Portfolio, Siemens has enhanced some of the following packages:



Solid Edge Modular Plant Design – New capabilities have been added.


  •  Solid Edge P&ID Design – 2D flow diagram and symbol support for P&ID creation supporting strict governing requirements for plant design. 
  •  Solid Edge Piping Design – Automated 3D piping design with comprehensive 3D part libraries and fully automated isometric drawing output for plant design
  • .



Solid Edge Technical Publications – Introduced in ST10, several enhancements have been added to help users quickly and effectively create technical documentation from their existing Solid Edge models and designs.


Solid Edge Simulation - Solid Edge offers enhanced structural and thermal simulation, including transient heat transfer. Time-based history analysis enables simulation of thermal and cooling performance. 


Solid Edge Flow Simulation - Free surface flow simulation, lighting and radiation capabilities have been added to allow digital “what if” analysis.


Enhancements have also been made to the Solid Edge Generative Design package and the Solid Edge Reverse Engineering package, to make them easier to use and more effective.



Not to be overshadowed by the portfolio packages, Solid Edge 2019 has delivered some nice enhancements that the customer base has requested. Here are my top 5 favorite enhancements:



  • 1.Auto-Simplify command - Auto-Simplify in conjunction with various commands in assembly Simplification including Enclosure, can now be used to quickly simplify multiple assembly occurrences to create an approximate simplified assembly representation.




This is the closest I’ve seen them come to a shrink wrap command, that so many customers have been requesting.

  • 2.Create Design Bodies command - A new “Intersect” option
    that will ease the reverse engineering process where we need to convert
    mesh bodies to solid bodies. However, the cool thing about this command is that it can be used for finding out volumes of tanks and enclosed volumes with complicated shapes.


  • 3.Design for Cost – A new pane in Solid Edge allowing users to estimate cost of sheet metal parts. Costs are based on material and manufacturing operations.




  • 4.Break axis for broken view – Finally we can create a broken view on and angled view. This has been a long-requested ER.



  • 5.Multi-Slot Feature – Added the ability to place multiple slot occurrences of the same parameters at the same time.


Once again, Siemens delivers some great new technology while fulfilling many customer requests. I’ve just touched on the highlights in this blog. If you want more information, Siemens has created the following site to highlight and demonstrate Solid Edge 2019:



Note: At the time of this article, no date for availability of Solid Edge 2019 had been released. But if previous releases are any indication, it should be available sometime in July.

Creating holes around a tube in a helical pattern

John Pearson - Thursday, May 10, 2018

Recently I had an interesting demo, where I was asked to model a tube with helically patterned holes. I was sure that we could do it, but I was surprised at the simplicity of it. But as I always say, everything is simple if you know what you are doing. Needless to say, the prospect was amazed at the speed with which we made his part and, I’m pleased to say, has become a customer. So, I thought I’d share this knowledge with our blog readers and I hope you find it beneficial.


Here is the image of the finished model.



To create the model, I first created the tube and placed the first hole.



Next, I created a tangent plane aligned with the center of the hole.



I then calculated the wrapped distance. By this I mean the perimeter length that I wanted to wrap the first helical curve.



In this example, I wanted the holes to wrap a quarter way around the tube. Remember that the arc length dimension (X) can be achieved by using the Smart Dimension command and selecting the length option.



Next, I created an angled line on the tangent plane, where the distance between the top and bottom of the line, equals the wrapped distance from the previous step.



I then wrapped the line, to the surface of the tube, using the Wrap Sketch command.



Note: Another way to create this curve is to use the Helical Curve command.



Now a curve existed along which I could create a pattern. I first selected the hole and then selected the Pattern Along a Curve command. To get the correct orientation of the holes, I used the Chord Length option.



Before accepting the pattern, I clicked on the Advanced Options.



I selected the Follow Using Surface and Curve Position options, and then selected the outer cylindrical face, as the surface to follow.


  • Finally, I used the Circular Pattern command to pattern the results around the tube.

  • As you can see, this resulted in the correct orientation of the holes as they wrapped around the tube.


Again, knowledge of the advanced options was the key to achieving this pattern. If you need to learn about advance modeling techniques, you may want to attend one of our 3-day Advance Modeling courses. To learn more about this, and other course offerings, please visit our training page, on our website, at, or contact your Account Manager for details.


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