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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.

 

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 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

 

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:

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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. 
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  •  Solid Edge Piping Design – Automated 3D piping design with comprehensive 3D part libraries and fully automated isometric drawing output for plant design
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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:

 

 

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  • 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.

 


  •  
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  • 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.

 

 

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  • 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:
Conclusion


https://solidedge.siemens.com/en/solutions/products/complete-product-development-portfolio/whats-new-in-solid-edge-2019/?elqTrackId=b24b03ee3f7d45a39a4288396da078bf&elq=502460ba9e684028bf64f304eb5083c7&elqaid=3492&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=1316

 

 

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.

 


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

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  • 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 http://www.designfusion.ca//technical-training.html, or contact your Account Manager for details.

 

Tips to improve the performance of Solid Edge

John Pearson - Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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We are regularly asked how to improve the performance of Solid Edge. The vast majority of performance issues can be improved by doing one of the following:

 

 

  • - Improve the performance of your computer
  • - Check your Solid Edge data for errors
  • - Take the Advanced Assembly course
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Let’s look at these different topics in some detail.

 

 

Improve the performance of your computer

 

A slow computer equates to slow program performance. Below are some tips that have proven successful with our customer base. Before doing these on your computer, please check with your IT department or get your manager’s approval.

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  • 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.Defrag your hard drives.

 

Windows will automatically defrag on a regular basis. However, Windows defragging is fairly tame or unaggressive. Check with your IT department, they may have a more robust defrag application which will yield better results.

  •  
  • 3.Get rid of malware.

 

If you’re connected to the Internet, there are many ways that your computer can get infected with malware. Most companies have installed software to protect against malware, but this is only effective if you keep it up to date, and run regular scans.

  •  
  • 4.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.

  •  
  • 5.Check network connectivity.

 

If you’re running across a network to access your licenses, data, macros, or any other related files, you want to ensure that the network speed is optimized. This should be done by an experienced IT professional. If you would like to attempt it yourself, there are numerous sites on the Internet that can assist you in checking and optimizing your network connectivity.

 

 

Check your Solid Edge data for errors

 

We’ve all heard the old saying “garbage in, garbage out”. This also applies to any CAD assembly structure. We receive many assembly based inquiries on our tech line. When there is a perceived performance issue we often obtain a copy of the assembly from the customer. We then attempt to repeat the problem and rectify it or report it to Siemens. The vast majority of issues can be remedied by simply cleaning or fixing the data. Some of the more common issues we discover and fix include:

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  • - Broken links/ missing files
  • - Failed or conflicting relationships
  • - Files that have not been updated
  • - Features with profile problems
  • - Failed features

 

Solid Edge provides several tools to check and repair your assembly data. For example: The Errors command on the Tools tab>Assistants group.

 


 

The Errors command tracks items in parts and assemblies that have failed to re-compute properly, so you can fix them. The Errors command prevents such changes from causing unnoticed problems in your Solid Edge documents, and makes it easier to find, evaluate, and fix the errors.

 

Other commands that are useful for detecting and fixing problems in Solid Edge are:

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  • - Assembly Relationship Manager
  • - Component Tracker
  • - Inter-part Manager
  • - Repair Missing Files
  • - Design Manager (formerly known as Revision Manager)
  • - Drawing View Tracker

 

If you are not aware of these tools, or don’t know how to use them, I strongly suggest that you read up on them in the Solid Edge Help section, or attend an Advanced Assembly course.

 

These issues are unfortunately created by the user, or one of his/her colleagues. They are frustrating to the user and equally frustrating to us, because they are preventable with proper training and proper data management. Which leads me to my last topic.

 

Take the Advanced Assembly course

 

Users who attend this course, will not only learn how to detect and fix common problems, but will learn proper techniques on how to avoid these problems. Furthermore, they are taught many time saving methods and processes which will streamline the creation of assemblies and improve the overall efficiency of working with assemblies. The proper initial creation of an assembly model will save time downstream, when the assembly is used, or revised, by others in your company.Users who have attended this course have far less problems and therefore spend more time modelling.

 

If you would like to learn more about the Advanced Assembly course, please visit our technical training page at http://www.designfusion.ca//technical-training.html, or contact your Account Manager.

 

Assembly Subtract Options

Manny Marquez - Thursday, March 08, 2018

 

 

 

 

 


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