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Defining unique document properties for family of part members

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

You can use the Property Manager command on the Tools menu to define unique document properties for individual family members in a family of parts. For example, you may want to define a unique Title, Document Number, or Material for each family member.

After you populate the member files, you can use the Property Manager command when the master part is open to define and edit the document properties for individual family members. For more information, see the Property Manager Command Help topic. Below is an example where the FOP.par is the master and active document. One.par and Two.par are members which have been populated. Remember, this only works on populated members.

How to create a custom draft template

Monday, March 21st, 2011jobs

Open one of the default draft templates which match your standards. For example, if you are using the ANSI standard, start with the ‘ansi draft’ template.

Note: All the Solid Edge delivered templates can be found by going to the Application menu, and click New. This launches the New dialog. Select the More tab for the complete list of delivered templates.

Note: The rest of this document will use the ansi draft.dft file to illustrate how to customize the draft file.

Once the draft file has been opened, go to the View tab > Sheet Views and turn on the Background sheets.

This displays all of the background sheets, that have been defined in the existing template, as tabs at the bottom of the window.

Background Sheet

The background sheet is used for graphics that you want to display on more than one drawing, such as a border, title block, logo, or raster background picture (watermark). A background sheet can be displayed and printed along with any working sheet it is attached to.

Working Sheet

The working sheet is where drawing views of 3D models are created and placed. It is also where you place 2D model views of geometry located on the 2D Model sheet.

Note: When placing your model into the draft file, the background sheets are turned off. They appear behind the working sheet, when set up too, in the Sheet setup.

Note: Any geometry, text, or image, which appears on the background sheet, cannot be deleted or modified from the working sheet.

Edit existing background sheets

To edit an existing sheet, click on the appropriate background sheet tab, to activate it.

Note: All background sheets have the BACKGROUND watermark, to let you know that you are working in a background sheet.

You can now delete any unwanted geometry, text, or images. You can edit any text. You can add any new geometry, text, or images. You can also insert Property Text callouts, which can be useful for automatically populating information of a part during initial placement of the draft views.

To add geometry, simply use the sketching tools found under the Sketching tab. You can insert images or logos onto the background sheet by using the Insert Image command, found in the Sketching >Insert group. You can place text using the Text block command or the previously mentioned Callout command.

You can add a title block by dragging and dropping a .dft, .dwg, or .dxf file onto the background sheet or placing it using the Place Block command.

Creating new background sheets

To add new background sheets, RMB click over an existing sheet tab (with the background sheets tuned on), and select Insert.

On the new background sheet, RMB click and select Sheet Setup…

In the Sheet Setup dialog you can select the sheet size and assign the sheet name.

Once the new background sheet is set up, create or input all your necessary boundaries, titles blocks, logos, images, and notes.

Set up your working sheet

Once your background sheet is set up to your liking, turn off the background sheets.

Either create or edit an existing working sheet. Run the Sheet Setup command on the working sheet.

Set up and name you working sheet. Make sure your size matches that of your newly created background sheet.

On the Background tab, toggle on the Show background option, and select the desired background sheet, and click OK.

Saving your template

On the Application menu, click Save As.

In the Save In box, specify the folder you want to save the new template to.

Note: You need to save your template in a folder only used for your custom templates. This folder should be selected for your User Templates under the File Locations tab in the Solid Edge options.

In the File Name box, type a unique name for the new template.

Note: Once saved you can edit your start-up screen to include the new template. This can be done by clicking on the Edit Create Options link on the start-up screen.

Still Need Help?

Designfusion offers template creation services. For more information please contact us at 1-888-567-3933, or contact your Account Manager.

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How to clone an assembly to send to a customer/supplier/partner.

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
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How to Clone an assembly.

  •  RMB (right mouse button) click over the parent assembly and select ‘Open with Revision Manager’ from the shortcut menu.

 

  •  Revision Manager will open and load the parent assembly and all the children parts and subassemblies. Click on the Expand All command to expand all the subassemblies.

 

  • With the assembly expanded, click on the small grey square, at the beginning of the title bar, indicated in the following image.

 

  •  This will highlight the entire assembly, as shown below.

 

  •  RMB click over the highlighted area, and select ‘Set Action to Copy’ from the shortcut menu.

 

  •  This will create a second column in the Revision Manager table, as shown below.

 

  •  RMB click over the second column, and select ‘Set Path’ from the shortcut menu.

 

  •  Browse to the folder that you wish to place the clone into, and click OK. The temp folder was used in this example.

 

  •  Review the table to ensure that everything is the way you want it. Then click the ‘Perform Action’ command.

 

  •  Notice the once the ‘Perform Action’ command has completed, you will see the results of the copy command. Also note that the original was in several folder locations, where the clone now resides in the one folder.

  

  • Close the Revision Manager.
  •  Since all the parts and subassemblies are now in one folder, you can now zip the clone and send it via email or ftp server, or burn it onto a DVD/CD.

 Note: The cloned assembly is independent of the original assembly.

Solid Edge ST3 operating system requirements and information

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Solid Edge ST3 has been certified to run on the following:

  • Windows XP Professional operating system (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista Business or Vista Enterprise operating system (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate or Professional (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Internet Explorer 8 (IE 6.0 meets minimum requirements)

 Note

Internet Explorer is not required to be the default browser.

The 64-bit version of Solid Edge requires Microsoft 64-bit Windows XP, 64-bit Vista, or 64-bit Windows 7 operating system on Intel EM64T or AMD64 processors.

Solid Edge is certified to run as a 32-bit application on 64-bit Windows XP, 64-bit Vista, or 64-bit Windows 7. If you run this configuration, please be aware of the following known issues:

  • The Status and Project tabs do not display on the File Properties dialog box if activated from Windows Explorer.
  •   Solid Edge Web Parts do not display if you run the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer. You are prompted to install the .NET framework. Use the 32-bit Internet Explorer as a work-around.

 Note

Solid Edge stops certifying new releases against an operating system shortly after Microsoft drops mainstream support for it. As a result, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 are not supported. Solid Edge will not install on these operating systems. It is not recommended that you run Solid Edge on Server operating systems.

 

Hardware system requirements

Solid Edge is not supported on Intel Itanium processors.

 

Windows XP recommended system configuration

  •  32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3
  • At least 2 GB RAM
  • True Color (32-bit) or 16 million colors (24-bit)
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)

 

Windows XP minimum system configuration

  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3
  • At least 1GB RAM
  • 65K colors
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)
  • 2.4 GB disk space required for installation

 

Vista recommended system configuration

  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows Vista Business or Enterprise Service Pack 1 or 2
  • At least 2 GB RAM
  • True Color (32-bit) or 16 million colors (24-bit)
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)
  • Windows Vista Aero requires a Direct X 9–class graphics processor that supports the following:
    • WDDM driver
    • Pixel Shader 2.0
    • 32 bits per pixel
    • 256 MB graphics memory

 

 Vista minimum system configuration

  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows Vista Business or Enterprise
  • At least 1GB RAM
  • 65K Colors
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)
  • 2.4 GB disk space required for installation

 

 Windows 7 recommended system configuration

  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise
  • At least 2GB RAM
  • True Color (32–bit) or 16 million colors (24–bit)
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)

 

 Windows 7 minimum system configuration

  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise
  • At least 1GB RAM
  • 65K Colors
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (or higher, following the manufacturer’s recommendations)
  • 2.4 GB disk space required for installation

 

SSE2 Instruction Set

Solid Edge ST3 installation will check for the presence of a processor which supports SSE2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 2). Without the support for SSE2, the installation will fail.

The following is a list of common processors that support the SSE2 instruction set:

  • AMD K8–based CPUs (Athlon 64, Sempron 64, Turion 64, etc.)
  • AMD Phenom CPUs
  • Intel NetBurst-based CPUs (Pentium 4, Xeon, Celeron, CeleronD, etc)
  • Intel Pentium M and Celeron M
  • Intel Core-based CPUs (Core Duo, Core Solo, etc)
  • Intel Core 2-based CPUs (Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, etc)
  • Intel Core i7
  • Intel Atom

 Note

This not a comprehensive list, so consult your hardware manufacturer’s product information to ensure SSE2 is supported.

 

Windows 7 and Vista Recommendations

 Turn off User Account Control (UAC)

If you run the Windows 7 or Vista operating system, it is strongly recommended that you turn off User Account Control (UAC). If UAC is on, you may experience problems with slow network connections, problems with Solid Edge installation and removal, problems with licensing, Insight web parts, and others.

To turn off UAC in the Vista operating system, choose Control Panel®User Accounts and Family Safety®User Accounts. Set the User Account Control to Off.

To turn off UAC in the Windows 7 operating system, choose Control Panel®User Accounts. Click System and Security, then under Action Center, click Change User Account Control Settings. Set the User Account Control to Never Notify.

 Turn off Windows Vista Aero

If you will be working with View and Markup or the Solid Edge Viewer you should turn off Windows Vista Aero. To turn off Windows Vista Aero.

If Control Panel Home is selected at the far left of the screen, click Appearance and Personalization®Personalization®Window Color and Appearance.

If Classic View is selected at the far left of the screen, click Personalization®Window Color and Appearance.

If Window Color and Appearance is visible at the top of the window, click Open classic appearance properties for more color options. In the Appearance Settings window, change the color scheme from Windows Aero and click OK.

If Window Color and Appearance is not displayed at the top of the window, you should see Appearance Settings. Check to make sure the color scheme is not set to Windows Aero and click OK.

Note

 If you see the Appearance Settings dialog box instead of the Window Color and Appearance window, the theme might not be set to Windows Vista, the color scheme might not be set to Windows Aero, or the computer might not meet the minimum hardware requirements for running Windows Aero.

 

SQL Express 2008

If you installed Solid Edge ST2, SQL Express 2005 SP2 was loaded on your machine. With ST3, SQL Express 2008 is installed. SQL Express 2005 SP2 (which was installed with ST2) will not be removed in case you are using it with other applications. If you are not using SQL Express 2005 SP2, we recommend that you remove it via Control Panel®Add/Remove Programs.

 

Display System Requirements and Information

Solid Edge will run on graphics drivers that support Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7. For optimal performance, it is recommended to use a professional Graphics card that is designed for CAD applications. A 256MB graphic card or higher is recommended when working with large assemblies or complex parts.

When running Solid Edge, if you experience an abnormally high abort rate, parts disappearing, or other graphic anomalies you may not be using the appropriate graphics driver. For details, visit http://support.ugs.com/online_library/certification/

How to Create a Wrapped Spring

Friday, November 26th, 2010jobs

First you create the part that you wish to wrap the spring about. In this case it’s a pipe.

Open a new assembly and insert the pipe into the assembly. Save the assembly, and launch the Create Part In-Place command.

This will launch the following dialog. Select the appropriate template and give the spring part a name and a location.

 Select Create and Edit to enter into the spring part. (Note: in versions older than ST2 you just have to select OK)

Create a sketch on a plane representing the spring position. In other words, select a plane that represents the middle of the spring when wrapped around the pipe.

Create the following sketch.

Note: The outer arc represents the center axis of the spring, and the small 0.500 diameter circle represents the diameter of the spring wire.

Select the sweep command.

Fill in the Sweep Options dialog as shown below, and click OK.

For the Path Step select the outer arc and accept it.

For the Cross Section Step select the 0.500 diameter circle. (Note: you may have to change the Select filter to single, on the command bar.)

As soon as you select the circle you will receive the following error.

This is expected because the circle lies on the same plane as the drive curve. This, if processed, would create a swept surface, not a solid.

 Select the Edit button. On the command bar select the Options button.

On the Sweep Options dialog, change the Twist option from None to Number of turns and enter in the number you want. (Note: you could also use the Turns per length option, if so desired.)

This results in a wrapped spring.

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How to copy Face Styles from one part file to another?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
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Face Styles can be copied from another Solid Edge file or the Material Table.

 To do this, follow these steps:

 1- Open the part file you want to copy Face Styles to.

 2- Go to View tab->Style group-> Styles.

 3- On the dialog box, click the Style Type pull down and select Faces Styles.

 4- Click the Organizer button.

 

 5- The default source, listed on the left, is the Material Table (material.mtl), you can copy the styles in it or you can open a different Solid Edge file by using the Browse button.

 

 6- Once you have the source file you want, select all the styles you want to copy on the left side and then click the COPY>> button to copy to the open file, which is listed on the right side.

 7- You can copy either way as you can see by the two Copy buttons. You can also Delete or Rename your face styles.

 8- Once you are done, Click Close and Apply. You are done.

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