New in Part and Assembly Modeling for Solid Edge

Doug Stainbrook described the “what’s new” in part and assembly modeling. This is verging on making the engineers drool and getting a little over my head however all my Edgers out there will love that I captured a few highlights from his presentation. This is not everything, just what I my little fingers could capture! If you want to see Solid Edge for yourself, check out one of the events near you.

Selection Driven

  • Pick what you want to act upon, then act

  • Single Pick, fence pick, or using the selection manager (“green dot”)

Direct interaction with the model

  • Intelligence such as tangent, concentric and so on, are captured in the model geometry

  • If you are thinking, “I need to edit my sketch to edit my model.” then you are thinking the “old” way

  • In Synchronous Technology, you do NOT need to lock every dimension (better to leave your dimensions unlocked, only locking values as necessary for a particular edit

Stering Wheel – did you catch the latest post today from Mark on the Steering Wheel?

Live Rules

  • Unlike previous systems where sketches rule the day, in Synchronous Technology the model itself contains the key knowledge

  • When you go to move a face, the system will AUTOMATICALLY look to see if other faces should be adjusted to maintain logical intent

  • Trust the Model – When you make an edit, it will be localized to the geometry you are addressing

Part changes can be made while in the Assembly

  • Synchronous Assemblies provide two new tools for selection:

    • Command bar controls over all selection

    • Selection Manager provides tools for additional selection based on what is currently selecte

  • Move Face:

    • Selecting multiple faces on the same part will behave exactly as if you were in the part document outside the context of an assembly

    • Selecting multiple faces on different parts will allow the faces to move together as if each part were being modified within their respective part documents



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