Archive for April, 2012address

Simplifying the placement of certain dimensions in Draft

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012news

Recently I had a customer contact our support line, looking for an easier way to place some dimensions. He was self taught on Solid Edge and was attempting to place the following dimensions on a formed tube.


 He had figured out how to do this by creating and using extra sketches, but felt there should be an easier way to achieve his desired results. I walked him through the process, and felt that this would be a good tech tip to share.

To place the 2 dimension shown, do the following:

1. On the Sketching tab, in the IntelliSketch group, make sure that the intersection option is toggled on.


2. From the Home tab, in the Dimension group, select the Distance Between command.


    • - Make sure your option is set to Horizontal/Vertical on the command bar.


    • - Move the cursor over the bottom centerline so it highlights. DO NOT CLICK


    • - Now move the cursor over the angled centerline and hit the ‘I key’ on your keyboard. (I is for intersection)


    •  - Then move the cursor over to the vertical centerline and click.


    • - place the dimension.


Note: Hitting the ‘I key’, tells the system to find and select the intersection point between the 2 highlighted lines. If more than one intersection point is possible, a list window will appear allowing you to select the desired intersection point.

3. From the Home tab, in the Dimension group, select the Angle Between command.


    • - Make sure your option is set to Horizontal/Vertical on the command bar.


    • - Select the horizontal centerline at a non-keypoint.


    •  - Select the vertical centerline at a non-keypoint.


    • - Place the dimension.


Note: the trick here is to not select the lines at keypoints (endpoints or midpoints).

There are several hot keys and various command options, which assist in placing dimensions in sketches and draft files. Take the time to review the help section on each dimension command and you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration.


Join us at Solid Edge University 2012

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Designfusion will be sending some of our technical team to the upcoming Solid Edge University 2012 event. We would like to invite all our customers and blog readers to join us there. We don’t want you to miss this unique event, jam packed with technical training and opportunities to meet and interact with the Solid Edge development team, technology partners, and fellow Solid Edge users from around the world.


Solid Edge University 2012 will be held June 11-13, 2012 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. For more information visit the Solid Edge University 2012 site.


John Pearson, a senior member of our technical team, will be presenting at one of the breakout sessions. Below is the information that will soon be posted on the Solid Edge University 2012 site. We hope you can join John, and some of our other team members, at this exciting event.


Breakout Session Title: “Making automating drawings more productive”

Abstract: This session will demonstrate techniques on how to automate your drawing production and improve your efficiency in the creation of drawings. New and experienced users will benefit from the techniques shown here. This will be especially beneficial to Managers and CAD administrators who are responsible for setting up drawing/draft templates and streamlining drawing production. Attendees will learn how to customize draft templates, use callouts to automatically populate title blocks, create and use Quicksheets, as well as a few unique commands to rapidly create and edit drawings. The presentation will consist of primarily live demonstrations.


John Pearson, a Technical Trainer and Application Specialist, has over 25 years experience working in the CAD/CAM industry. For the last 9 years he has worked for Designfusion, North America’s largest Solid Edge reseller, supporting Solid Edge and NX CAM. Prior to that he spent 16 years in the Tool and Die industry, where he used AutoCAD and Unigraphics/NX.  John is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has also achieved specialized certification in adult training as well as SETA application training certification.  John has also headed up some of the largest global implementations of Solid Edge, and has also developed a complete curriculum for some of Designfusion’s academic customers. He has taught evening CAD courses at a local College and taught Solid Edge around the world. He is also a major contributor to the Designfusion blog and provides a monthly Tech Tip article to the Design Engineering’s 3D Dojo newsletter. John is married with 3 daughters. He also has 2 dogs which help keep him sane.


How to add an attribute column to a BOM in NX

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

In the part attribute, I’ve created the Plist attribute, make sure you have the object selection set to “apply to component as part attribute” if you want to save the information in the part, otherwise use the “apply to occurrence in the assembly”.

In the part list I’ve created a new column and did a RMB on the full highlight column

Select Style and go to the column tab.

Click on the arrow.

Select Plist from list and OK twice.