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Calculating the surface area of an assembly can be useful for your manufacturing and other downstream applications. For example, knowing the surface area can allow you to predict how much paint you will need. This knowledge will allow your purchasing department to procure the exact amount of paint in advance, while also helping your company determine production costs.
Here is the method for calculating surface area:
The system calculates the mass (dependent on the material), the volume and the required surface area.
A parametric assembly contains links that can transfer data (number, geometric references) between components so that they can share common characteristics. Such a link can be updated if the communicating components are activated and if the active context wasn’t modified since the link was created.
One way to alter the context is to use the ‘save as’ command when in the assembly environment. Solid Edge warns the user about the danger of such an operation:
Analyzing a “broken” model
If you have a parametric assembly that is unresponsive, select a part with a chain beside it and edit it. At the top of the modelling tree for that part, you will see a ‘Links’ collector. If you expand it, you will see the context (the complete path is in the tool tip as shown below) in which parametric features of that part can receive data from other components.
How to fix it with ‘Redefine links’
Open the View & Markup application (Start/Programs/Solid Edge...). In the ‘Tools’ tab of the ribbon, start the command called ‘redefine links’.
Select folder(s) in which all components of the “broken” assembly as well as the assembly itself reside. Note: for a complex assembly with many components distributed across multiple folders, it is possible to use a result log (txt file) of the V&M ‘search broken links’ command.
Enter the path including the filename to the original (old) context (the one listed in Solid Edge as shown in the previous image) and then the path to the current “broken” assembly (also with the file name).
Altering the context of a parametric model can occur in different ways. It is always recommended to use the revision manager and its ‘where used’ command when moving or copying projects or libraries in order to prevent this kind of damage. Nevertheless, mistakes happen and it is nice to have an easy tool to repair parametric links.
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Designfusion is proud to be a sponsor and major contributor to this year’s New York State RUG meeting. This year’s meeting will be held at the RIT Inn & Conference Center in Rochester NY, on October 7, 2014. All users are invited, even those who live outside of New York State. Designfusion will be presenting at 8 of the 35 planned seminars. Our focus this year is Solid Edge and Teamcenter Administration, however there are plenty of other presentations for all attending, as you can see from the agenda below.
Not only is this a great learning opportunity, but it’s also a chance to meet and network with other users and some of the people who support your Siemens’ PLM software.
There is a small fee to attend this event, and you must register in advance. You can do this online at http://www.plmworld.org/new_yorkrugevent. This site will provide you with all the details of the conference and directions to RIT Inn &
Conference Center. We hope to see you there, and don’t forget to drop by the Designfusion booth in the sponsor’s area.
How-to create a reference view in draft and keeping associativity to your assembly.
1) Place the assembly has you would normally do in a MASTER MODEL draft,
2) To create the individual views, return to the MODELING environment.
3) Open the exploded view menu
4) Orient the view to the desire position and save as
5) From the exploded view menu, select hide component to hide the unwanted part
6) Hide the component
7) You can use the show component in view to show component
8) Save the work view when done
9) To change the work view to a canned view, RMB in the work environment and select replace view, from there select any view or use custom for a more specific view.
10) Return back to the drafting environment and add the newly create view to your sheet
The area of major concern I see (and coincidentally usually by users that are self-taught) is that the user will rely on the tutorials to learn how to create models and drawings. There is more to 3D models though as models interact with each other.
A model is not just a shape. There are inter-dependencies that exist between the drawing and the model, that model and any assembly that may contain this model, and more advanced methods of creating links associatively.
Once this is understood ask yourself “What would happen if I used Windows Explorer and dragged something to a different folder?” Well, the part would be relocated. If that is what you wanted to do congratulations…or is it? I thought we were also concerned with these interdependencies? New users need to know how to properly accomplish common tasks so I will discuss this in this segment.
Also we have a 3D model. A picture is worth a thousand words right? Well maybe sharing a drawing is worth a thousand words but what is a 3D model worth? Maybe we can also share this information a lot easier than you might have thought.
There is an App for That
Revision Manager will open a file so you can see the tree structure that any model file has. This is the preferred method to relocate files, repair links, rename file, and so on. Below is an example of what you might see. From there you can RMB on a part and select the action you would like to perform. This tool can not only do simple tasks but it has some advanced functions as well.
First point covered. Please use Revision Manager and save yourself the anguish of breaking links all the time and becoming frustrated, relocating files and getting errors about “File cannot be found” and so on. This subject is an imperative one that is covered in Fundamentals training. If you missed it or forgot about it now might be a good time for review.
All In One
Now you save the time and clicks of closing and opening another application, browsing to the file and waiting for it to reload.
It Is Always Polite To Share
Here you will get a view of your model. Markups, notes, and even the ability to email to another person can be done. If an email is sent, using “Send to Mail Recipient” the link to download the Xpresreview program for free will be included in the body of the email. Yup I said FREE! It will also be a unique file format that should be allowed through most email filters. The file size is also reduced.
So in summary there might be a few items you may want to review. Mind you these subjects are covered in our Fundamentals course. A few snags you may commonly run into if you are trying to learn on your own that cost time and energy. Hopefully I have offered something of value.
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