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New Parts List Architecture

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

In Solid Edge ST2, Parts Lists were redesigned to take advantage of the user table architecture. The new architecture was needed to meet the demands of our customers. In this first release of this new Parts List command, just under 250 customer requests were implemented, and many more have been added in ST3 and ST4. Below is a list of highlights followed by some example of the new capabilities.

 Highlights

 The new Parts List architecture allows you to:

  • - Edit Item Numbers from Parts List, not just from balloons
  • - Combine Multiple Properties in Single Column
  • - Comments Columns – User defined text
  • - Split Parts List among Multiple Sheets
  • - Sort on Hidden Columns
  • - Manual Reorder Columns and Rows
  • - Resize Columns in Graphic Display
  • - Placement via cursor
  • - Title/Footer
  • - Display an exploded list of the BOM
  • - Display level based item numbers with the exploded list
  • - Indent any column to aid in the showing of sub-assemblies
  • - Derive item number from the assembly
  • - Display Mass property as Mass of single item, and Mass of total occurrences of the item
  • - Frame data display enhanced to allow for distinction of frames based on cut length, mass, and miter
  • - Align and control style of table titles
  • - Control column headers
  • - Merge column headers
  • - Rotate column headers
  • - Turn on Cell Aspect Ratio adjustment
  • - Format the font for any cell
  • - Override disabled cells
  • - Insert user defined rows
  • - Merge vertical cells with same value
  • - Plus more ….

 

Examples

The following are just a few examples of some of the new capabilities in the new Parts List architecture.

 

 

Example 1: How to add a title to the Parts List

 To add a title to your Parts List you must first go to the “Title” tab and click on the Add Title icon.

In the Title text field, type the title that you wish to use – for example Solid Edge Parts List.

 You can also control how the title is formatted by adjusting the following settings:

Position – Specifies the position for the title within the table. You can place a title at the top of the table (Header option), at the bottom (Footer option), and in ‘Both’ locations.  Select ‘Neither’ from the list if you do not want to use the title in the table.

Font – Specifies the font to apply to the currently selected table title. All installed fonts are available.

 Font style – Specifies the font style to apply to the currently selected table title. The options are Regular, Bold, Italic, and Bold Italic.

 Font size – Specifies the text size of the currently selected table title.

 Alignment – Adjusts the horizontal alignment of the currently selected table title text. The options are Left, Center, and Right. The default is for text to be centered.

 Underline – Applies underline to the currently selected table title text.

 Adjust text to title width – When checked, automatically adjusts the aspect ratio of the title text when the length of the text exceeds the cell width. Changing the aspect ratio only changes the text width, not its height. The effect of selecting this check box is to shorten the text string to fit the column width; text is never lengthened to fit the column width.

Use this option to prevent text from wrapping within a cell in a title block.

For this example I set the following settings:

  • - Font = Arial Black
  • - Font size = 7.00mm
  • - Toggle on Underline

  

Below is how this would appear on my Parts List.

 

 

Example 2: How to modify individual columns

In this example I wish to rotate the header of the ‘Quantity’ column and merge any cells that have the same quantity, while maintaining my item number order. To do this I first go to the Columns tab, and select the Column that I wish to modify – for example ‘Quantity’.

To rotate the header, select the ‘Format Cells’ button, beneath the header ‘Text:’ field, and change the Orientation to Rotated

I then toggle on ‘Adjust text to column width’ and hit OK.

Notice that when this is applied, the header is rotated and column width is adjusted appropriately.

To merge like cells, toggle on “Merge vertical cells with same value”

If you wish to center the cell’s data, click the adjacent “Format Cells”  button and set both Horizontal and Vertical alignment to ‘Center’ and click OK.

Below is an example of how these changes would appear when applied.

 

 

Example 3: Creating indented item numbers

In this example I wish to create an exploded BOM and have the Item Numbers indented to illustrate the parts belonging to the sub-assemblies. To do this I select the Columns tab. Next I select the Item Number, from the Columns list, and click on the ‘Format Cells’ button. Under the Horizontal alignment I select Indent. 

  

Next I go to the List Control tab.

  

Here you will select the type of list you want, in this case an ‘Exploded list’. Under the Global settings, change the settings to match those shown below.

You can preview the results on the Data tab. Notice the indent item numbers for assembly number 1.

 

 

Summary

The new Parts List architecture has allowed the Solid Edge development team the ability to add a tremendous amount of user control to Parts List creation. For more information view the ‘Parts List’ section found in the Solid Edge Help documents.

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New training schedule announced for the first half of 2012

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

If your New Year’s resolution is to improve your Solid Edge skills, then this is the article for you. We have released our new training schedule for the first half of 2012. The schedule includes some new course offerings, along with our traditional courses. Below is a brief description of each Solid Edge course along with a link to a more detailed outline.

Solid Edge Fundamentals (4 days) or Solid Edge Fundamentals Plus (5 days)

This is our introductory course for any novice user. The first four days cover both ordered and synchronous part modeling, assemblies, and drafting. The 5th day is optional and covers sheet metal modeling. For more information follow this link http://www.designfusion.ca/se_fundamental_plus.php.

Solid Edge ST4 Update Course (2 days)

This is our “What’s New in ST4 course”. It focuses on introducing the experienced user to the popular enhancements in our latest release of Solid Edge. For more information follow this link http://www.designfusion.ca/st4update.php.

Advanced Solid Edge Modeling (3 days)

This is one of our newer courses. It’s designed to improve the users’ modeling skills by introducing them to surface modeling, along with advanced modeling tools. Many of the techniques taught in this course have been included based upon queries we have received from our technical support line. For more information follow this link http://www.designfusion.ca/advancedmodelingcourse.php.

Advanced Solid Edge Assembly (3 days)

This course is for the more experienced user, who wants to improve his knowledge in working with assemblies. It focuses on improving the user’s assembly design skills and introduces many advanced assembly design tools. For more information follow this link http://www.designfusion.ca/advancedSEassemblyCourse.php.

Solid Edge Synchronous Technology Course (4 days)

This is our newest course, and is designed for our traditional users who have yet to learn the new synchronous paradigm. Its focus will be on showing the difference between ordered and synchronous modeling and how to use both paradigms to improve your design productivity. For more information follow this link http://www.designfusion.ca/synchronous_tech_course.php.

All of our courses are designed in house, by a certified trainer of adults, and are unique to Designfusion.

All of our instructors are SETA certified and come from a CAD/CAM industry background with many years of experience.

For our course schedule, please visit the following web sites:

English courses in Canada: http://www.designfusion.ca/training_schedule.php

French courses in Canada: http://www.designfusion.qc.ca/events.php

Courses in the USA: http://www.designfusion.com/training_schedule.php

For further inquires, including requests for quotes, please contact your local Account Manager. You can also contact the appropriate inside sales representative listed below:

English Canada:      Rose Francella at rfra...@designfusion.com

French Canada:       Lily Brault at lbra...@designfusion.com

USA:                           Sarah Pritsch at spri...@designfusion.com

Remember, it is estimated that 1 hour of an instructor led course is equivalent to 16 hours of teaching yourself. Students, who have attended our courses, see immediate benefits for themselves and their companies.

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Editing with Live Sections

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011help

In the Solid Edge synchronous modeling paradigm, you can use the Live Section command to create a 2D cross-section on a plane through a 3D part.

Live sections can make it easier to visualize and edit certain types of parts, such as parts that contain revolved features. You can then edit the 2D elements of the live section to modify 3D model geometry.

Recently we have received some questions from customers who have received synchronous models, which they need to edit. They are still working in the ordered paradigm and have not taken any synchronous training. They want to know how they can accurately edit a synchronous part. For these customers, we often show them how to use the Live Section command. It is similar to working with dimensional sketches and is often easier to visualize than some of the other approaches. Below is such an example:

Scenario: The user has a synchronous roller part for a conveyor mechanism, as shown below.

 

The user wishes to edit the part to look like the following part.

First, it should be noted that there are several ways to edit this part. But we will illustrate a method using the Live Section command. To create a live section you follow these simple steps:

          1.  Choose Home tab→Section group→Live Section.

          2.  Select an existing planar face, reference plane, or principal plane on a coordinate system.

 

          The live section is created.

Tips:

  • - You can use the Live Section Colors section on the Colors page of the Solid Edge Options dialog box to specify the colors you want to use for the edges, center lines, and regions for live sections.
  • - You can use PathFinder to display and hide live sections.
  • - The live section automatically updates when you add or remove features, or modify the 3D model.
  • - Move the live section plane and the section updates as the plane intersects the model.

 

To get a better view of the live section, hide the design body using a RMB click over the display screen, to access the following menu:

Align the view to give you a top down view of the live section. Below is a list of keyboard shortcuts to help you orient your view.

In this case I used a Ctrl+R to get the top down view of the live section.

I then used the Distance Between command to place the following dimensions.

In this scenario, I have to modify the 1.000” to 0.500” and the 0.875” to 0.375”. I first select the 1.000 dimension. I ensure that the directional (red) arrow is pointing to the side that will move. I then type in the 0.500 value.

Before hitting enter, I lock the dimension by clicking on the little lock icon. This will prevent the edit to the 0.875 dimension from altering this edit.

I click enter to accept the dimensional change. Notice that the new value is in red, indicating a locked state.

Live sections are subject to the same live rules as 3D editing. Therefore, since this part is symmetrical about a base plane, I only have to edit the one side and the other side automatically updates.

Next I modify the 0.875 dimension to 0.375, again making sure that the directional (red) arrow is pointing to the side that will move.

Since this is the last dimension I will edit here, I choose not to lock it.

Once again the symmetric live rule updates the other side for me.

Next I have to place some cutouts into the roller. Although I will do this on the 3D model, I can use the live section to help me accurately place the initial cutout sketch, as shown below:

I then show the Design Body and hide the Live Section

Using the Revolve command, I set the selection type to Face and select the sketch region, created by my sketch and the edge of the cylinder.

I RMB click to accept this selection. Notice the Axis icon activates and you will be prompted to select the axis of revolution.

I move the cursor over the large cylinder and the axis of the cylinder highlights for selection. I select this axis.

I then ensure that this will be a revolved cutout by selecting the remove option.

Next, I select a full 360 degree revolution.

And I have created my first groove, accurately positioned and dimensioned.

To complete the model I use the Rectangular Pattern command. I first select the newly created Revolved Cutout from the PathFinder.

Then I select the Rectangular Pattern command.

I select the Right(zy) reference plane to place the preview of the pattern.

Note: The synchronous pattern command automatically generates a preview of a default pattern and provides on screen dynamic input boxes for you to enter your desired parameters.

In this scenario, I entered the following values.

  • - X Count: 14
  • - Y Count: 1
  • - X distance of 14”
  • - Because the Y Count is 1, I don’t have to enter a Y distance.

 

I RMB click to accept the pattern and model is complete.

Notice that if I hide the PMI dimensions and turn on the Live Sections, my live section has updated to include the grooves.

Notice that in this scenario we could have modified this part using just the 3D model and steering wheel to adjust the ends. We could have also just used 3D dimensions directly on the model. However, using the live section provides some users with a comfort level and easier visualization, similar to working in the ordered environment.

I think it’s also worth mentioning that if this model had been designed in another CAD package, the exact same steps would be used to make the exact same edits. With synchronous technology, the user can take any CAD model and work with it as if it was modeled in Solid Edge.

For additional information, please see the topic Live Section command in Solid Edge Help. A training activity for this command is located in the self paced training section. Follow this link http://www.solidedge.com/spt/en/ST4/spse01520/book.html, and then click on the Working with Live Sections chapter.

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How to Wrap or Project a Sketch

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Last month’s blog prompted several calls asking if the sketched text could be placed on non-planar surfaces. The answer is yes. There are two methods to achieve this:

1)    Wrap Sketch command

2)    Project Curve command

Wrap Sketch command

 The Wrap Sketch command can be used to wrap a sketch around any analytic surface, such as a cylinder or cone. Before using the command, you must create a sketch on a plane which is tangent to the surface. For example, proper reference plane tangency to a cylinder (A) or cone (B) is as shown.

Once the sketch is created you  can select the Surfacing tab→Curves group→Wrap Sketch command.

 

Next you select the analytic surface (A) that you want to wrap the sketch around.

Then select one or more sketch elements (B), that you want to wrap.

After you wrap a sketch onto a surface, you can use the Normal Protrusion or Normal Cutout commands to construct a protrusion or cutout feature using the wrapped elements.

Tips:

  • - When selecting more than one surface, the set of surfaces must be connected.
  • - The sketch plane must be tangent to one of the input surfaces.
  • - You can select individual sketch elements, a chain of sketch elements, or the entire sketch using the Select options on the command bar.

 

Project Curve command

The Project Curve command projects 2D or 3D curves onto any surface or set of surfaces.

First you must have a sketch or curve created. You then select the Surfacing tab→Surfaces group→Project Curve command.

 

You can set the options to project along a vector or to project normal to the selected surface.

For the ‘Along vector’ options, do the following steps:

Click the curve or point you want to project onto a surface and then click the Accept (check mark) button.

Click the surface onto which you want to project the curve and then click the Accept (check mark) button.

Click to specify the direction you want project the curve.

Finish the feature.

Tips:

  • - When you are projecting a planar curve along a vector, the Projection Plane Step is skipped, and the plane the curve is on is used to define the normal direction in which to project the curve. If you want to project along a different normal, you can click the Projection Plane Step button and define the plane you want.
  • - You can also use the Project Curve command to project a point onto a surface.
  • - You can use the command bar to specify that you want to project a single element, a chain of elements, a point, or an entire sketch.

 

For the ‘Normal to selected surface’ options, do the following steps:

Click the curve or point you want to project onto a surface and then click the Accept (check mark) button.

Click the surface onto which you want to project the curve and then click the Accept (check mark) button.

Finish the feature.

Tips:

  • - You can also use the Project Curve command to project a point onto a surface.
  • - You can use the command bar to specify that you want to project a single element, a chain of elements, a point, or an entire sketch.

 After you wrap a sketch onto a surface, you can use the Normal Protrusion or Normal Cutout commands to construct a protrusion or cutout feature using the wrapped elements.

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Placing and using text as geometry in Solid Edge

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

If you need to place text on your model for etching, stamping, labeling or embossing, you can use the Text Profile command.

 

This command creates and places text as a sketch element. This allows you to construct features that represent text on your parts, such as labels and stamped numbers.

When placing a text profile, it is displayed in a box by default:

If you place it along an analytic, such as an arc, it acts like this:

You also can place it along a curve, like this:

Note:  To place a text profile along an arc or a curve, the ‘Point On Element’ option on the Relationships tab on the IntelliSketch dialog box must be set.

After you create a text profile, you can use the Extrude command to generate a 3D text feature.

Text Profile workflow

Ordered:

Step 1:        Start a sketch or profile.

Step 2:        Select the Text Profile command from the Tools tab > Insert group. Go to Step: 3.

Synchronous:

Step 1:        Select the Sketching Tab. 

Step 2:        Select the Text Profile command from the Insert group 

Step 3:        Specify the text.

When creating and editing a text profile, the Text dialog box is where you type the text as you want it to display on the feature and specify its formatting. Formatting options include font type, font style, and size, letter spacing, line spacing, and its horizontal alignment (left, center, right). Press the Enter key to create multi-line text and to insert lines to create paragraphs.

The width of the text profile is determined by the width of the longest line of text typed in the Text dialog box. Its height is defined by the number of lines of text typed. You can control the spacing between the text and the text profile boundary box by changing the Margin setting.

Note:  When creating text features that go all the way through a part, such as with sheet metal parts, it is a good idea to use the Solid Edge Stencil font. This font was designed for manufacturing.

Step 4:        Specifying text orientation and location  

Note:  In Synchronous you must select a plane or face before placing the text profile.

A target cursor is displayed and attached to the text profile box at the specified anchor point. As you move the cursor around the graphics window, the text profile box moves with it. The target cursor can locate keypoints, lines, alignment indicators, centers, and edges. To be selectable, the elements must reside in the same sketch as the text profile.

When you click to place the text profile, the anchor point is matched to the placement point. If you click a keypoint, a connect relationship is established between the text profile box and the element.

  • - To place a text profile along a curve or arc so that the text follows the curve, locate and click the start point or the end point of the curve or arc.
  • - To create a vertical text profile, click a vertical line in the profile or sketch.

You place a text profile by specifying one of nine possible anchor points on the text, and then clicking a placement point in the graphics window.

Use the Anchor button on the Text Profile command bar to set the anchor point for the text. The anchor point can be any of the following:

  

 You can reposition a text profile by selecting and moving it. In 3D environments, you may need to use QuickPick to select only the text profile.

If the text profile object is constrained, click the Reposition button on the Text Profile command bar to delete the anchor constraint and then move the text profile.

Text placement options

Depending upon what types of elements you locate with the target cursor, PromptBar may display prompts for one or more of these additional placement options. For example, before you click to place the text profile, you can press T to change the orientation of the text.

Before placing multiline text along a curve or arc, you can press N to choose an alternative display option.

Note:  You can attach text to a line in the sketch, and then use the Rotate command to rotate the line and the attached text.

 *Images and text passages taken from Solid Edge Help files.

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ST4 System requirements

Thursday, August 18th, 2011help

Operating system requirements and information

Solid Edge ST4 has been certified to run on the following:

  • - Windows XP Professional operating system (32-bit or 64-bit) with Service Pack 3
  • - Windows Vista Business or Vista Enterprise operating system (32-bit or 64-bit) with Service Pack 2
  • - Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate or Professional (32-bit or 64-bit) with Service Pack 1
  • - Internet Explorer 9 (IE 6.0 meets minimum requirements)

                       Note:  Internet Explorer is not required to be the default browser.

Note:   The Alvira freeware anti-virus program on Windows platforms occasionally misidentifies some NX DLLs as contaminated with a virus. If you are using Alvira and NX on a Windows machine and encounter this problem, please use the Alvira option to exempt the files from scanning by Alvira.

  

Hardware system requirements

Solid Edge is not supported on Intel Itanium processors.

 Recommended system configuration

  • - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • -Windows 7 operating system for optimal performance and user experience
  • -At least 2GB RAM
  • -True Color (32–bit) or 16 million colors (24–bit)
  • -Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 or higher, widescreen format
  • -3 GB disk space required for installation

 Minimum system configuration

  • - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • -Any of the above operating systems
  • -At least 1GB RAM
  • -65K Colors
  • -Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 or higher
  • -3 GB disk space required for installation

Solid Edge stops certifying new releases against an operating system shortly after

Microsoft drops mainstream support for it. Microsoft dropped mainstream support for XP in April 2009. Solid Edge ST4 is the last version to install on Windows XP. For ST4, we will not address XP operating system related issues or provide XP-specific fixes. Solid Edge ST5 will not install on XP.

It is not recommended that you run Solid Edge on Server operating systems.

Solid Edge will not install on machines without Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. Internet Explorer is not required to be the default browser.

Solid Edge is not supported on Intel Itanium processors.

The 64-bit version of Solid Edge requires Microsoft 64-bit Windows XP, 64-bit Windows Vista, or 64-bit Windows 7 operating system loaded on Intel EM64T or AMD64 processors. (More details are below under System Resource Requirements and Information.)

The 32-bit version of Solid Edge has been certified to run on 64-bit Windows XP, 64-bit Windows Vista, or 64-bit Windows 7 as a 32-bit application. Below are the known issues running on these operating systems. The workaround is to use the 32-bit Internet Explorer.

  • - The “Status” and “Project” tabs are not displayed on the File Properties dialog if activated from Windows Explorer.
  • - Solid Edge Web Parts do not display if running the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer. The user is prompted to install the .NET framework.

 

Windows 7 and Windows Vista Recommendations

 User Account Control (UAC)

The User Account Control (UAC) on Windows 7 and Windows Vista prevents the proper installation and removal of Solid Edge.

The Solid Edge installation performs best with UAC be set to off. If you plan to run Solid Edge with UAC on, you should install the Solid Edge application to a location where the user has write permissions. This location should be somewhere other than c:\Program Files.

To turn off UAC on Windows Vista, select Control Panel -> User Accounts ->User Accounts -> Turn User Account Control On or Off.

To turn off UAC on Windows 7, select Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Change User Account Control settings -> “Never notify”.

Windows Vista Aero

It is strongly recommended that you turn off Windows Vista Aero if you will be working with View and Markup or the Solid Edge Viewer. To turn off Windows Vista Aero, follow these steps:

  1.  Go to Control Panel.
  2.   If Control Panel Home is selected at the far left of the screen, then click Appearance and Personalization, click Personalization, and then click Window Color and Appearance.
  3.  If “Classic View” is selected at the far left of the screen, then click Personalization, and then click Window Color and Appearance.
  4.  If you see Window Color and Appearance at the top of the window, then you should have “Open classic appearance properties for more color options” at the bottom of the window. Click it. In the Appearance Settings window, change the color scheme from Windows Aero and click OK.
  5.  If you don’t see Window Color and Appearance, but see Appearance Settings, then 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, then 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.

Windows Vista Aero requires a DirectX 9–class graphics processor that supports the following:

  •  -WDDM driver
  • - Pixel Shader 2.0
  • - 32 bits per pixel
  • - 256 MB graphics memory

 

Display System Requirements and Information

Solid Edge will run on graphics drivers that support Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7. Contact your graphics driver manufacturer to determine whether their graphics adapter/driver support these operating systems.

For optimal performance, it is recommended to use a professional graphics card that is designed for CAD applications. For information about cards used in testing Solid Edge and results, refer to http://support.ugs.com/online_library/certification/.

At least a 256MB graphic card is recommended when working with large assemblies or complex parts.

Note that running with extremely high screen resolution and color depth increases the memory requirements on the system and may result in apparent performance degradation. If experienced, reconfigure the display system to the recommended resolution and color depth for improved performance.

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 more details, visit http://support.ugs.com/online_library/certification/.

Also setting Display Fonts to Large Fonts or Extra Large Fonts (larger than 96 DPI) may cause some Solid Edge user interface items to not display as intended. Recommendation to resolve these would be to use Normal Fonts (96 DPI).

A wide-screen ribbon layout has been added for Solid Edge. This new ribbon layout is optimal for horizontal screen resolutions set to 1920 or above. Solid Edge automatically detects your resolution and sets the ribbon layout to wide-screen starting at horizontal resolutions 1600 and above. You will see some group collapsing on the right side of the Ribbon on resolutions between 1600 and 1920.

 

System Resource Requirements and Information

Earlier versions of Solid Edge were enhanced to access the extended address space that is available on Windows. All running processes, including the Operating System process, share 4 GB of addressable memory available, regardless of the amount of physical RAM. Normally, the operating system reserves 2 GB of space and leaves 2 GB for applications. Running 32-bit operating systems with the /3GB switch added, reserves only 1 GB for the operating system, and leaves 3 GB for applications. This allows you to work with larger datasets without running out of addressable space.

On XP, you set the /3GB switch by editing the boot.ini file. You must have admin privileges to do so. Here is a sample boot.ini that contains a 3 GB switch.

 [boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional”
/fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn /3GB

On Vista with administrator privileges, you can run the following command from the command line to enable /3GB switch:

 BCDEDIT /Set IncreaseUserVa 3072

 This command will tell you what options are part of the OSLOADER family:

 bcdedit /? types osloader

To reset the value, use:

 bcdedit /deletevalue IncreaseUserVa

With Solid Edge V18, we announced support for running our existing 32-bit Solid Edge application on Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition with Intel EM64T or AMD64 processors. This allowed Solid Edge customers to address 4 GB of physical memory and virtual memory. With Solid Edge V19, we developed a new 64-bit Solid Edge application, in addition to the existing 32-bit version. The 64-bit Solid Edge supports up to 128 GB of physical RAM and 16 terabytes of virtual memory, enabling applications to work with larger data sets. The 64-bit version of Solid Edge requires Microsoft 64-bit Windows XP operating system or 64-bit Vista operating system loaded on Intel EM64T or AMD64 processors. The 64-bit version of Solid Edge should only be used if you need more than 4 GB of physical memory because you are running out of memory today when creating very large assemblies or drawings. The 64-bit version of Solid Edge is available by request.

Page file size should be the maximum size possible. In general, the page file size should be at least twice the amount of memory in the machine, plus the size of files you will use.

To better manage the system memory resources while running Solid Edge, it is important to turn off the option to “Show window contents while dragging”. This prevents unnecessary allocation/deallocation of memory for displaying the window contents while dragging a window. To change this option, go to Control Panel ->Display.

Future Processor Support

Component software delivered with Solid Edge, such as Parasolid and D-Cubed, started phasing out processors not supporting Intel’s SSE2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 2) instruction set. In 2009, these components will only support processors with SSE2.

SSE2 is one of the Intel SIMD (Single Instruction, Multiple Data) processor supplementary instruction sets first introduced by Intel with the initial version of the Pentium 4 in 2001. AMD added support for SSE2 with the introduction of their Opteron and Athlon 64 ranges of AMD64 64-bit CPUs in 2003.

Here is a list of common processors that do not support the SSE2 instruction set:

  • -AMD CPUs prior to Athlon 64
  • -Intel CPUs prior to Pentium 4

Starting with the ST2, Solid Edge only supports processors that include the SSE2 instruction set. The Solid Edge ST4 installation checks for the presence of such a processor. If this processor does not exist, ST4 will stop the install and display a meaningful error message.

 

Temp File Space

Solid Edge uses temp file space for saving files and for storing memory mapped display files. Using temp file space when saving files helps significantly reduce the size of the resulting file on the destination file system.

Users should ensure they have twice the size of the largest file being saved available as free temp file space prior to saving their files. Note, 2x the file size for an assembly should include the size of the assembly, plus the size of the subassemblies that are being used, plus the size of the part files.

Running SE will create files with .000, .001, etc. extensions. These are memory mapped files that are used in the display pathway. When an assembly or part file is opened, memory mapped files are created in the temp directory during display of the assembly/part. These files are cleaned up by Solid Edge when the process exits.

If the user is running short on temp space, they can optionally set an environment variable called JRENDER_TEMP and point it to any folder with sufficient space. If this variable is defined, Solid Edge will create memory mapped files in that folder.

Running SE will create a file named DCCACHE.CAC in the system temp folder. This file is a cache of the file icons displayed on the FILE OPEN/FILE SAVE/BROWSE dialogs.

When a Solid Edge file is opened, but Solid Edge cannot gain exclusive write access to that file, a message box is displayed stating, “The requested file is currently write locked, open as read-only”. If the user selects the copy button on this message dialog, the file will be copied to the temp folder using the naming convention tmp {filename}.par, tmp{filename}.psm, tmp{filename}.asm, tmp{filename}.dft.

It is good practice to periodically check the files in the temp folder when not running Solid Edge and delete any that might remain from an abnormal termination of Solid Edge.

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