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Using the mouse to manipulate the model view in Solid Edge

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
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The middle mouse button, or scroll wheel, provides improved model rotation in ST4. You can now select a vertex, edge, or face as the model rotation center. To do this, simply following the steps below:

First you must let the system know that you want to enter the rotation mode. This is achieved by a single click to the middle mouse button (MMB), on an empty space. You will notice the cursor changes appearance. Before you click the MMB your cursor looks like this:

                    

After you click the MMB you cursor will look like this:

  

Notice that the little blue face, indicating selection mode, has disappeared.

You now have three options available to you: 

 

1. Rotate using a position on a face.

  •  - You can now move the cursor over the face shown below. Notice the dark pink dot, indicating that you are in the rotate mode.

 

  • - If you now hold the MMB down, the part will rotate about the dark pink dot. In other words, the dark pink dot becomes your center of rotation.

 

2. Rotate using a position on an edge.

  • - You can move the cursor over any edge. Notice the entire edge highlights.

 

  • - Holding the MMB down allows you to rotate about the edge. In other words, the edge becomes the axis of rotation.

 

3. Rotate using a position on a vertex.

  • - You can move the cursor over any circular edge. Notice the entire edge highlights.

 

  • - Holding the MMB down to rotate allows you to rotate about the vertex of the circular edge. In other words, the vertex of the circular edge becomes the axis of rotation.

 

Note:  Once you have completed the rotation, you are returned to selection mode. You will have to single click to the middle mouse button (MMB), on an empty space, if you wish to perform another controlled rotation.

 

Other handy mouse controls in Solid Edge

 - Pan the view. Press the Shift key while you drag the MMB to pan the view.

 

- Zoom. Scroll the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.

 

Note: The setting for this scroll behavior is found in Solid Edge options_Helpers page. Enable Value Changes Using the Mouse Wheel. If this option is on, the mouse wheel changes the value in a value edit field. Use Ctrl+mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

- Zoom Area. Press the Alt key while you drag the MMB to zoom into an area.

- Double–click the MMB: Fits the view.

 

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Solid Edge University 2012 spotlights ST5

Thursday, June 14th, 2012home

Nashville, Tennessee, was the site of this year’s Solid Edge University convention. User’s got their first real look at ST5, which will be released next month. Dan Staples, Director of Solid Edge Product Development, introduced ST5 to a large and enthusiastic crowd. Now that the synchronous paradigm has been implemented, the focus seems to be on implementing as many user requests as possible.

  

The new functionality in ST5 benefits all users, whether they work in the ordered or synchronous paradigms. To see what’s new in ST5 visit the Solid Edge ST5 web page.

 After Dan’s presentation, users had a selection of breakout sessions that they could attend. These sessions included closer looks at what was new in ST5, sessions on how customers use Solid Edge, knowledge enhancements sessions, and round table sessions. The round table sessions allowed users to tell the planners and developers what improvements they liked and what else they’d like to see added to the software.

Our own John Pearson presented a session on the Draft environment and improving the speed of drawing creation in Solid Edge. John was amazed at how many users attended his session and extremely pleased at the number of users that approached him afterwards to thank him, and mention how much they had learned.

 

For those of you who were unable to attend John’s presentation, you can click here to download the PowerPoint and accompanying help documentation.

 John and Manny Marquez, from our Chicago office, were able to meet with many of our customers at the conference. The overall feeling around ST5 was very positive and users seemed genuinely excited about this release. We’d like to thank those users who attended the conference and we hope to see many more of our users at next year’s event.