Friday, May 30, 2014
Solid Edge has had a couple of add on packages for several years called XpresRoute and Harness which both have a 3D sketch tool included, but it could only be used for those modules.
Also, all of the 3D environments in Solid Edge have had the Keypoint Curve and Curve by Table features which are also a form of 3D sketch but work by defining points to run a curve or sketch elements between, and of course you could always create a couple of intersecting 2D sketches and generating the 3D intersection curve between them but occasionally you would run into situations where a sketch would have to double back on itself causing issues with the intersection curve generation.
So what is new about the ST7 3D sketch?
ST7 3D Sketch is a new environment that creates a “3D Sketches” node in Pathfinder and each 3D Sketch created becomes a feature underneath it. It contains some of the prior functionality of the 3D sketch tools in the XpresRoute and Harness modules, but also adds some new capabilities such as a cursor with 3D alignment axis', the new sketch keypoint/dimension feedback, plus a volumetric feedback indicator to let you know if you are drawing within an XY plane or also translating in the Z direction (2D box vs. a 3D box). Also expanded are the types of elements that can be created, the number of editing tools as well as relationships, and other properties such as Styles/Colors and Intellisketch settings (although 3D capable).
So in conclusion, while the ability to create 3D sketches in ST7 isn’t completely new, the ST7 3D Sketch feature is, and it exposes some prior “add-on” capabilities to the the general application along with some new capabilities that simplify use and provide needed feedback to the user to create fast and accurate 3D sketch geometry easily.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
ANSWER: Use the Solid Edge Administrator tool!
The Solid Edge Administrator tool allows someone to create an Options.xml file that will control various setting such as User Templates, Hole Table information, data management settings, etc... There is actually a long list of items it controls. You can set defaults that the user can override if desired or you can lock the settings preventing the override.
Once and Options.xml file is created and located on a network share, have every user reference it in their File Location options, and all setting controlled by the Options.xml will be automatically set.
The Solid Edge Administrator tool is not meant to control a single users settings or meant to be used by everybody. This should only be installed and used by someone who is an administrator or otherwise has the right or need to set the standards that all others must follow.
To use the Solid Edge Administrator tool, you have to install it from your distribution media or downloaded product. The file is called "SEAdmin.exe" and is located in the folder called "SptTools". To install, simply copy the file and place it in the Solid Edge installation subfolder "Program" which will typically be "C:\Program Files\Solid Edge STn\Program".
Once installed, simply run it. It will open in a table format listing the Option on the left followed by Allow Override, and the Value columns. Make the changes you wish to control and then Save the file to a network share location that all your users have "Read" access to. If you wish to have multiple Options files, you can give them unique names, it is not important to keep the file named as "Options.xml".
To have your users set this in their Options, have them open their Solid Edge Options and select the File Locations section. Select the line labeled "Solid Edge Admin" and click the Modify button at the top. In the resulting Browse form, click in the "File name:" field and type the UNC path to the shared folder and option file name, and then the Open button. Solid Edge will automatically read and change the settings at this point and now the settings are controlled by the options file. You will notice that any options that are set to not allow override cannot be modified and any that do allow override can be.
Please note that Solid Edge does not check the Options.xml file at anytime after it is initially set. If the administrator changes the Options.xml file later, each user must go into their File Locations area of the Solid Edge Options and highlight the Solid Edge Admin line and then click the Update button to reread it and apply the new settings.
I hope you find this post useful.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
A few months ago a new site was launched by Siemens PLM and was touted as a Community site. As part of this, there is a subarea that is the Solid Edge Community site. The site has a Q&A section, Discussion section, Knowledge Base, BLOG, and recently a whole subarea for developers who write custom code using the Solid Edge API.
Of special note is the Solid Edge BLOG. There has been a flurry of "how to" articles written by Matt Lombard. You may recognize the name as he was an avid Solid Works user as well as the author of the popular SolidWorks Bible series. Matt has now taken a position with Siemens PLM working for the Solid Edge group and has been authoring material on specific facets of Solid Edge that come with the unique perspective of a new user who previously used SolidWorks. Often material like this is written by folks who have used Solid Edge for a long period of time and it is easy for them to skip through the ground clutter and only hit the high spots because they know too much and expect the reader to know too much as well. Matt cover the ground clutter as well as the high spots and the material is well suited for the novice user as well as the SolidWorks refugee.
Make sure to check them out as the site is public and there is no registration to read the material. If you wish to participate by leaving comments, posting a question or jumping into a discussion, registration is required but you do not need to be a customer of Siemens nor even have Solid Edge installed (45 Day Trial or Student Version)
BETA should commence in early spring, and the official launch will occur at Solid Edge University 2014 in May. No doubt Synchronous Technology based modeling will continue to be a focus, but it's anyone guess as to what the other areas of focus are...
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Thursday, June 06, 2013
The Early Bird Discount #2 expires tomorrow 6/7. It allows you to save $50 on one admission and $100 on three admissions (buy 2 get the 3rd FREE!!!).
Now if you are dragging your feet or your boss is dragging his and and the decision has not yet been made, don’t worry… As far as conference fees and content go, Solid Edge University is still a bargain at the regular price of $550 considering there are 2 days of content spread over 9 tracks with 3 of those tracks being HANDS ON EXPERIENCES! Let me repeat: 3 TRACKS OF HANDS ON EXPERIENCES! If you have ever priced getting training from a VAR, it is many times the admission price of Solid Edge University and does not cover the breadth of topics and/or the niche areas of Solid Edge that will be covered by the Solid Edge University’s Hands on Experiences. Add to that the additional 6 tracks of content covered by experts including Solid Edge product planners, application engineers, and customers, and you have a “no brainer” of a bargain.
If you can’t make it for some reason or another, I understand. Times are still tough for some industries and money for non-essential travel is in short supply, but what you spend on attending just this event will return many times that in gained productivity especially if shared with other users when you return (you typically get the presentations if you attend).
I hope to see you there, and if you can’t make it rest assured we will still have a good and productive time without you, but know that we will miss you a lot.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Unlike their previous discussion groups which for the most part where closed to everyone except customers who were current on their annual maintenance, the Community site is open to all. Anyone can read the site, and by registering, you can also post to the site.
Check out the Solid Edge Community here: http://community.plm.automation.siemens.com/t5/Solid-Edge/ct-p/solid-edge
Well, I have a couple of early treats for you about ST6 that I can share! Please keep in mind that these are no more than a tiny teaser of ST6, and as a BETA tester I can assure you there is so much more…
There has been this rumor going around that ST6 would put some focus on surfacing. Well, here are two new tools that should convince you it’s more than just a rumor…
- Reflective Plane - The typical use case of symmetric molded parts is to model one half and mirror the body of the second half when complete… But how do you know what the whole part looks like prior to being finished with the part? The answer is the Reflective Plane. It allows display of the second half of the part with out the display overhead of a geometric mirror and it allows inspection of surface quality using the surface analysis tools like zebra shading.
- Ruled Surface – This command allows creation of a ruled surface some direction and angle from an existing surface edge. There are a number of options for creating this surface in relation to the existing geometry.
- Arrange Dimensions - Typical use cases are when using the ‘Retrieve Dimension” command to pull 3D model dimensions into the 2D drawing as well as when updating a 3D model with an existing dimensioned drawing. In these use cases, dimensions do not always come in or update neatly. The answer to this problem is the Arrange Dimensions command that allows the user to automatically arrange dimensions to the standards defined by your template.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
You have 2 more weeks to get the early bird discount #2 of $500 for 1 admission or $1000 for 3 admissions for Solid Edge University 2013... After that the regular price of $550 and $1100 respectively kicks in. Either way you will get your moneys worth.and then some with 9 tracks of sessions. Details can be found here: http://www.solidedgeu.com
Design Better. Solid Edge University.