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Solid Edge Tips and Tricks #2


Thanks to Fred White and the GTAC folks for this info. Part of the beauty of these tips is that they are easy to add to. So use the comments to add your observations/ideas/questions to expand on the brief descriptions. They come from actual support calls, so these are questions that other users like you have had.



  1.  When doing Part Painter, why are the faces not showing the assigned colors for Face or Feature selections?  You need to go into Color Manager from the View tab and make sure the option “Show Part face colors” is checked.
  1. Why am I unable to locate faces of a target part in assembly for a Mate? For multi-body part files the body marked as the Active Assembly body is the body that is available for assembly features. These are features that cut the component in the assembly but do not modify the part file on disk.

  2. solidedgetipsandtricks3.pngHow can I translate multiple step files into Solid Edge format? You can use batch macro located in the ~\Solid Edge ST7\Custom\Batch\Bin folder. This Macro will allow multiple Step, and other file formats, to be converted to Solid Edge format.

  3. Is it possible to turn on hidden lines in a detail view if they aren’t turned on in the parent view?  This can be done with an independent detail view. Existing detail views can be made into independent detail views by right mouse clicking on them and selecting “Convert to Independent Detail View” from the shortcut menu.

  4. How can I scale a cross section?  The scale of a cross section is grayed out by default, but if you right mouse button on the view and deselect ‘Maintain Alignment’ this enables the scale properties.

  5. Why doesn’t Solid Edge View & Markup work correctly when using a stylus?  ST7 View & Markup is built based on TcVis 8.3 core modules, which do not support touch screen, regardless of device used (finger or stylus). If installed on the Microsoft Surface Pro, the only mode supported is Desktop mode, using the mouse.

  6. Is there a way to pull an inside face of a thin-walled Synchronous part so that it creates a unique thickness?  Yes. Hold the Ctrl key down while pulling the face.

  7. Why does the translated STL file contain a partial solid?  Please check if you have multi-bodies in the Solid Edge document. Make sure you have a single solid in the model or publish the multi-bodies and translate the assembly with the published bodies.



Is it -already- possible to have access to all resolved IR's ?


It could be a very good new way of tips and triks.



Siemens Phenom



We [GTAC] attempt to populate the Solution Center database with these tips and tricks whenever possible. Admittedly not every IR makes it into the Solution Center database but Solution Center is still a great place to start looking for answers on how to do things in Solid Edge [outside of this great community forum that is Smiley Wink ]






Definitely it's a great place to know more about Solid Edge, to try to see what's going on behind SE interface and to give users the opportunity to share their knowledge...




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Tips and Tricks to me are also little tid-bits of knowledge that are already in the help files but one does not bother or find time to dig out.


They are some times exchanged between colleagues like "Hey! I just found this command could also be used in a slightly different fashion to give a stunningly new result."

In fact its already a feature but you bump into it un-knowingly. I have shared such a collection mine on this page.


With the scale of users on this community it should be no surprise that this theme turns into an avalanche of Solid Edge Tips n Tricks.


Come On, SE People, DON'T (as fellow Edger @MattJohnsonPAC says) troll, linger, and stand on the sidelines.