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Did you know STEP/IGS files are now useful?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

If you’re using Synchronous Technology, you can now treat STEP/IGS files as if you created them in Solid Edge. Previously, and in other CAD systems like Inventor and SolidWorks, you can’t do much with STEP/IGS files beyond the direct editing tools.

In my designer days I would open a STEP file from an outside vendor, need to make a change, but just remodeled it from the beginning because the design intent was different. The “smart” history tree the software created didn’t come close to the way I thought it should be. So I just started from the beginning and created the model so it would be useful for me. What a complete waste of time!! The model was there, but it was useless information for me!

But now, with ST, you can add 3D driving dimensions, move faces, rotate faces, add geometry, etc. And best part is Live Rules finding design intent, and maintaining it throughout the editing process.

When I learned this about ST, a light bulb turned on in my head and my jaw dropped…

SolidEdge tip for the day

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

When you are working in an assembly and need to add components, nothing is more frustrating than having to navigate to the correct directory containing your components. However, after clicking on the Parts Library tab, a ctrl+period will take you to the directory containing the working assembly. Hopefully this saves you some hassle and time–I know it has for me.


Why/When to use Synchronous Technology

Monday, October 19th, 2009e-mail

Our customers often ask us when Synchronous Techology (ST) should be used, and who should use it. The short answers are, where it makes sense , and everyone, respectively.

ST is a paradigm shift for the better in CAD development, and naturally it has potential for design as well as room for growth. With that said, it does not suite well for all engineering designs at all times.

Generally speaking, ST is best suited for the machine designer who often models prismatic, machined parts. The ability to push/pull surfaces as quickly as you can think of changes is unprecedented. The design automation capabilities of ST significantly reduce the preplanning and programming often associated with history based modeling. Siemens touts that design time can be reduced by 100 times. In some cases that could be an understatement.

Where ST has room for growth is in the area of consumer products that use complex surfacing. Think about pushing and pulling lofts, sweeps, or surfaces created from complex curves. The computations behind the scene may not be able to determine your design intent since a design change could result in so many possibilites.

So who should use Synchronous Technology in their designs? Everyone! Those who import non-native Solid Edge files can now treat them as if they were created in ST. Flexible body representations can be altered as if ST was used to create them. Just about every design has prismatic shaped components, so use ST to reduce design time. Also, use it now to become familiar with it, so you’ll be more prepared is it matures and becomes a more integral part of your designs.

If you’d like to see demonstrations on how ST can benefit you, please contact us and we’d be happy to show you. We think so highly of ST and are convinced it can help every designer reduce their design time. For anyone that has worked in history based modeling, you know how frustrating a list of features can be. Errors when editing, parent child relationships, complex programming of variables amongst parts or assemblies…

As I think of it, ST lets the designer design and the computer compute.