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Creating a gradient face style

John Pearson - Friday, October 25, 2019

In this blog article, I’d like to share a trick with Face Styles, that has proven handy for me over the years. I will start by showing, for those who may not be aware, how to create your own Face Styles (colors) for painting your models. Solid Edge contains a list of default Face Styles, but you can create your own custom Face Style when needed.


Create a face style with the Styles command

1.Choose View→Style group→Styles. 


2.On the Style dialog box, in the Style Types box, click the Face Styles


3.Click the New button to open a dialog box based upon the style type you clicked.



4.On the Name tab, in the Name box, type a name for the new style.



5.To base the style on an existing style, click a style from the list in the Based On box.



6.Click the other tabs on the dialog box and set the options that you wish to apply to the new style.


I will not go through the settings on each tab. Suffice it to say that you have numerous options, each being described in the Solid Edge Help documents. Instead I will show you a little trick, that I learned, on how to create a gradient Face Style, by using the Texture tab.To do this, we must first create a gradient image.



Creating a gradient image


You can download a gradient image or create one yourself. A simple way to create one is to use Solid Edge and the Windows Snipping Tool. To do this, follow these steps:

  • 1.Open Solid Edge and create a new part file.
  • 2.In the new part file, Hide the base reference planes and the base coordinate system.
  • 3.Go to the View tab > Style group, and select the View Override command.

  • 4.On the Rendering tab, of the View Overrides dialog, make sure that the Textures option is checked. 

  • 5.On the Background tab, of the View Overrides dialog, set up the desired gradient.

  • 6.Click OK to dismiss the View Overrides dialog. Your display screen is now the desired gradient.

  • 7.Now use the Windows Snipping Tool, or some other capture tool, to capture the gradient background into a jpeg file, as shown in the following image.



Note: If you don’t know how to use the Snipping Tool, it is explained in the following link:

  • 8.Save the image as a jpeg file. In this example I saved it as Red_Blue_gradient.jpg.


  • 9.You can now return your background to its original color, by using the View Override command again.



Using the Texture tab


In the next several steps you will create a custom Face Style.

  2. 1.Choose ViewStyle group→Style.




2.On the Style dialog box, in the Style Types box, click the Face Styles.



3.Click the New button to open a dialog box.



4.On the Name tab, in the Name box, type a name for the new style. In this example, I will use the name Red_Blue_grad.


  • 5.Select “(no style)” from the Based on: pull down menu.


  • 6.On the Texture tab, click Browse to select an image for the Texture.

  • 7.Locate and select the image that you just created.


  • 8.Click OK, to close the Face Style dialog.


  • 9.Click Close, to exit the Styles command.



Test your new Face Style


You can test your new face style on any part. In this example, I used the face of a simple block, and followed these steps:


  1. 1. Choose View→Style group→Part Painter.


  1. 2. Select the new Face Style from the Style: pull down menu.


  1. 3. Select Face from the Select: pull down menu.


  1. 4. Select the face that I want to paint, and observe the results.

  • Note: This approach could be used with any image file. For example, in the image below I used a Kaleidoscope image.

  • Note: Using this technique, with a very thin part, you can also create labels and tags.
  • I encourage you to explore and experiment with all the options in the Face Style dialogs. If you want to keep the Custom Face Style, you should add it to your templates. This can be done by creating it in the template file, or using the Style Organizer to copy it into your template file. The Style Organizer is found on the bottom left corner of the Style dialog, as shown below.

  • As always, if you have any issues with the Styles command, Designfusion customers can email us at [email protected], or call our Tech line at 1-877-215-1883. If you are not a Designfusion customer, contact your reseller for support.


How to upgrade to Solid Edge 2020

John Pearson - Friday, September 06, 2019
  1. With the release of Solid Edge 2020, several early adopters have contacted us requesting help in upgrading. Normally this is relatively a simple process, but this release has introduced a new common licensing platform. This introduction has caused some confusion, so I will try to clarify it, in this blog article.


Welcome to the Common License Platform!


The common license platform is the license platform used by NX, Teamcenter, NX CAM, Tecnomatix, etc. So, I can only assume that Siemens is moving Solid Edge to this platform in a move to align all products to the same licensing platform. If you already use other Siemens products, you are probably already familiar with the common licensing platform. If not, then the following information will explain the common licensing platform and how to use it.

First, let me explain some of the main differences or changes from the previous licensing:

  • 1.The old Solid Edge CID is now referred to as COMPOSITE2 or COMP2.
  • 2.All Solid Edge 2020 Floating/Server Managed products will now use the UGSLMD license daemon.
  • 3.Solid Edge seats can now be on the same Sold-to & in the same license file with other common licensed products.
  • 4.Client License file location will now be based on the SE_LICENSE_SERVER environment variable.
  • 5.Solid Edge 2020 licenses will NOT validate previous versions of Solid Edge.


Note: Customers may continue using their pre-v220 license in parallel during the migration to v220


For some of you, this may make perfect sense, but most of you are still wondering how this will affect your installation of Solid Edge 2020. I think the best way to clarify this is to go through the steps of a standard upgrade process.


Transition Plan to v220 – Existing Floating Customers


The biggest change that you will notice here is that all current Solid Edge Server Dongles (SE_HWKEY_ID=36243) are being retired, and all Unique Host ID (MAC Address) are being retired. Instead you will have to register your license servers composite with Siemens to get your permanent license file. Instructions should have been sent to your company with a temporary 30 Day v220 license file. A quick summarization of these instructions are as follows:

  • 1.Customers will be required to run GetCID.exe to obtain their COMPOSITE ID


  • 2.Customers can register their CID for the first time on the License Management page.


  • 3.Once the COMPOSITE ID, is registered the permanent license will be generated & delivered.


A few points to note about the new v220 license file are as follows:

  • - Solid Edge will use an Environment Variable to define the license file location (Not hardcoded)
  • - The environment variable for Solid Edge is: SE_LICENSE_SERVER
  • - Solid Edge license files sent form Siemens via e-mail to the customer are named License_Ugslmd.txt
  • - Solid Edge license files downloaded from License Management are named license.dat



Once you have obtained your license file, you can download the new license manager software from the download page on the GTAC website.


Remember, you will need a webkey account to access this page, just like in previous releases.


Once you’ve accessed this page, locate the SPLM License Server folder and download the executable file inside the folder.





Install this new license manager on your license server computer. You will be prompted for your v220 license file during the installation process.


You are now ready to install Solid Edge 2020 on your clients. The only change here is that the installation will set up an Environment Variable to define the license file location. The environment variable for Solid Edge is: SE_LICENSE_SERVER. You no longer have to copy the license file to your clients.


Transition Plan to v220 – Existing Node-Locked Customers


For existing Node-locked customers, Siemens has all current COMPOSITE2 values stored with the customers Sold-to ID. At release time, Siemens will deliver the new v220 COMPOSITE2 licenses to current maintenance customers (e.g. HOSTID = COMPOSITE2 = CFC84692D647).


The main differences you may notice are:

  • 1.Your license file can be stored in any folder, as long as the SE_LICENSE_SERVER environment variable is defined to that location.
  • 2.Solid Edge 2020 licenses will NOT validate previous versions of Solid Edge.
  • Note: Customers may continue using their pre-v220 license in parallel during the migration to v220
  • New information on the license utility
  • The License Utility now shows the defined path for the SE_LICENSE_SERVER environment variable, along with the value for the COMPOSITE2.

  • FAQs

Q: Will a v220 license file validate earlier releases of Solid Edge?


A: No. Solid Edge 2020, v220, moved to the SPLMS Common License platform to be consistent with other SPLMS products. Moving to the Common License platform utilizes a new license daemon and encryption, therefore will not validate prev220 releases.


To clarify, Solid Edge 2020 will open files created in older versions of Solid Edge, but the v220 license will not run older versions of Solid Edge.


Q: Given that v220 licenses are not backward compatible (i.e. will not validate a v219 or earlier release) are customers allowed to continue using their current version of Solid Edge along with v220?


A: Yes. During the transition to v220 customers will be allowed to use their current version v219, ST10, and so on in parallel with v220 during the transition. Once v221 releases, the overuse piracy detection will be reinstated.


Q: Are Solid Edge Server Dongles still supported in v220 for floating licenses?


A: No. Along with the move to the CLT platform, the Solid Edge Server Dongles will be retired. All Solid Edge floating software will now be validated against a Composite ID, just like the other SPLMS products on the CLT platform, NX, Teamcenter, and so on.


Q: Can a customer register their Composite ID on the License Management web site?


A: Yes. If a customer has not registered a Composite ID for their floating licenses on their Sold-to before. To register a Composite ID, connect to the License Management

site, login with WebKey, Click on the Composite Host ID, enter the Composite ID and Host Name of the computer, and click Submit.


Q: How long does a customer have to register or provide their Composite ID for their floating licenses?


A: Customers who have not registered a Composite ID will receive a 30-day temporary license to allow time to get it registered.


Q: How do you find the Composite ID?


A: Download the GetCID.exe from Support or run the GetCID.exe delivered in the Program folder with the installation of v220.


Q. What happens if a customer does not register their Composite ID within the 30-day time period?


A: The customer will need to register their Composite ID on the License Management site, login with WebKey, Click on the Composite Host ID, enter the Composite ID and Host Name of the computer, click Submit.


Q: With the move to Common License platform, can Node-Locked and Floating products be on the same Sold-to ID?


A: No. In order to retain the use of Product Activation (customer self-administered node-locked licensing) to assign and re-assign Node-Locked seats, Floating and Node-Locked products need to be on separate Sold-to IDs.


Q: Will customers have to return their Solid Edge Server Dongles once they have migrated to v220?

  • A: No. Customers may keep their Solid Edge Server Dongle and/or dispose of it themselves if they so desire.


Q: If a customer has Solid Edge floating licenses on the same Sold-to configuration with NX & Teamcenter will they receive a permanent license?


A: Yes. The same composite registered for NX & Teamcenter will be used to create a single license file for all three products.




Any change can initially be confusing, hopefully this article has helped clarify the new common license platform in Solid Edge 2020. As mentioned previously, customers with other Siemens software should find this familiar and will streamline their license management. They will no longer have to manage Solid Edge separately from the other Siemens products. For other customers, if you still don’t feel confident enough to install this yourself, contact your reseller for assistance. If you are a Designfusion customer, contact our tech line at 1-877-215-1883.




It is time for an honest comparison of CAD/CAM software

John Pearson - Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The internet is loaded with websites and articles offering a wide variety of opinions on CAD and CAM software, but most of these are bias to particular needs, software companies, or the author. Furthermore, many of the articles focus on sales rather than the technical capabilities of the software. So how do you, the user, determine which CAD or CAM software is best for your needs? In this article, I will offer you a simple, yet reliable, method to achieve this goal.



Marketing vs. Reality example:


If you want to do an honest evaluation, of CAD or CAM software packages, you need to avoid getting sucked into the marketing. Software companies spend a lot of money to entice you into buying their products. For example, it is common to see them promote their seat count. The logic being that their package sells the most seats, therefore it must be the best product. If you buy into this marketing ploy, then you are also less likely to compare with any other software packages. The reality of this marketing is as follows:


1) Seat count does not equate to capability or performance. For a comparative example, let us look at the fast food industry. If you ask anyone who sells the most hamburgers, most people will say MacDonald’s, which would be true. According to, they sell 75 hamburgers per second. Now ask the same people, “Who makes the best hamburger?” I think most would have a different opinion.


2) How are the seat count numbers obtained? My late granddad use to say that there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. Companies will always look for statistics that bolster their product, but how are these numbers really obtained? For example, does the seat count represent active seats only, or is it every seat ever sold. How do they count educational seats? I know of one CAD company that counts every education license as 500 seats. Do the numbers only include the main package, or do add-ons and companion products get added as well?


3) Companies can also artificially boost their numbers. Several years ago, we lost an opportunity to replace a 2D package with Solid Edge. Why? Because the 2D vendor offered to provide them with their new 3D package for free if they paid the maintenance renewal on the original 2D package. The Engineering Department had done an evaluation of several 3D packages, and chose Solid Edge as the best. However, the owner ignored this recommendation and opted for the free software.


As you can see, seat numbers are unreliable indicator of a CAD or CAM packages’ capability or performance. Furthermore, this is just one example of how the vendors try and convince you to buy their product. The bottom line is that no company will ever use negative information to promote their product. So, if you can’t rely on marketing, how can you get an honest comparison? The obvious best way is to try every product yourself, and pick the one that works best for you. But this is unrealistic… or is it?



Real time comparison:


Over the last several years we have adopted a somewhat different approach to demonstrating our product to prospects. Most resellers are happy to show canned demonstrations, which are smooth and fast. Unfortunately, they may not relate to your products or needs. Instead of using this approach, we ask our prospect to provide us with a typical product that they design or manufacture. Furthermore, we get detailed information on how long it takes to complete the project using their current software. We then prepare a demonstration which does the following:


1) Provides an overview of the software, focusing on the aspects that they require to do their work.


2) Demonstrates the software using their product(s).


This approach sounds simple, but it requires extra effort on our part to prepare these unique custom demonstrations. However, the results have more than justified the extra effort. The prospect gets to see how their product works in our software. They don’t waste their time watching someone design a table taw, and try to guess how that would work on their products. They also get a real time comparison without any costly upfront training or software purchase.





The results of this approach have been eye-opening, even for me. I have been with Designfusion for over 16 years, and I am admittedly bias to our products. I have always felt that they were powerful and reliable. The results of these custom demonstrations have not only supported my beliefs, but strengthened them.


For example, I had one prospect state that the time savings in are draft environment alone justified the cost of replacing his current 3D design software. Another group of designers provided me with a thumb drive of an assembly. I opened the assembly from another 3D CAD package and made a significant change to the assembly in under 3 minutes. The designers just stared at me in shock. Finally, one stated “You just did that a hundred times faster then we can do in the assemblies native CAD package!”. A third prospect, who bought Solid Edge, sent one of his users to training. At the end of the week long course he noted that not only was Solid Edge a better overall design package, but he was amazed that it had not crashed once in the entire week.


These results are not restricted to our design packages. I have personally demonstrated our NX CAM and Solid Edge CAM Pro packages to prospects with similar results. In one case I showed a company that I could create their CAM program 4 times faster with more efficient tool paths, leading to less machine time.



Dare to compare


These results have motivated me to write this blog. I want to challenge anyone who reads this to compare your current software with ours. Even if you are already using our software, contact us about our design audit service. In a design audit, we look at your processes and products to ensure that you are using the software in the most efficient way. Companies that have used this service have all seen positive results. For example, one company saw over 20% improvement in the Engineering Departments output after implementing our suggestions from the design audit.


As a Value-Added Reseller for Siemens PLM Software, Designfusion strongly believes in working with our prospects and customers to ensure that they get the best CAD/CAM software available, and that they use it in the most efficient, cost effective ways. We don’t want to waste your time with misleading marketing. We prefer to show you how our software will work directly on your product. So if you really want an honest comparison, just contact us at [email protected] or call our toll free number at 1-888-567-EZ3D(3933).







Highlights from Solid Edge 2020

John Pearson - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Solid Edge 2020 will be available for download soon (mid-July), so I thought I’d share my thoughts on this latest release from Siemens PLM Software. Click the links, if you haven’t already read the Press Release or seen the Fact Sheet. Plus, there have been numerous articles already posted about the new enhancements in Solid Edge 2020. So, I will not try and cover everything added or enhanced in this article. Instead I will focus on several features that I believe will benefit the average designer, or ones that I feel will have an impact on their current procedures. Hence the name of this blog article.



Switching to the Common License Platform


Solid Edge 2020 has adopted the Common Licensing Toolkit (CLT). This is the same license platform as NX, Teamcenter, NX CAM, Tecnomatix, etc. How will this affect the average user? There is only one major impact. V220 licenses will NOT validate previous versions. Siemens PLM recognizes that this can be a bit of an issue, if you wish to continue using an older version of Solid Edge, as you migrate to Solid Edge 2020. Therefore, they have stated that: “Customers may continue using their pre-v220 license in parallel during the migration to v220”.



My favorite Part environment enhancement


Solid Edge 2020 has made an enhancement to the existing Rectangular and Circular Pattern commands to support patterning of sketch elements, in the Ordered paradigm. This includes:


•Additional support of selection of sketch elements

•Support of orientation angle for rectangle pattern

•Preview of patterned instances within sketch

•Editing of pattern

•Add and delete support of sketch elements in pattern geometry


This is something that Users have been requesting for a long time, and I feel will be well received by most, if not all, designers.



My favorite Part environment new feature


Solid Edge 2020 has added a new Compare Models tool. Using the Compare Models tool allows a designer to compare two versions of a design file and easily understand what was added, removed, or modified between the two versions.



Similar to the compare drawings tool, this tool will compare models based on geometry (volume comparison), and File properties. This supports comparisons of parts, sheet metal parts, Assemblies, and FOP/FOA members.



My favorite Sheet Metal environment enhancement


Solid Edge 2020 has made an enhancement to the Ordered Lofted Flange, in the Bends option. The Bends option now creates real bends between planar plates. Previously, the bend marks were only written to DXF from within sheet metal environment. Therefore, the bend table would only pick up the 2 bends whether you used bend lines or not.



With this new enhancement, bend lines can now be listed individually.



My favorite Sheet Metal environment new feature.


Solid Edge 2020 has added a new Bend Bulge Relief command that will add relief to simple bend ends, where it is needed. A bend bulge is a model deformation that occurs when metal plates are bent. It’s more evident in parts with larger thickness and small bend radius. This deformation is not shown in bends created in Solid Edge sheet metal parts, but a need exists to create a relief to deal with them during manufacturing.



Here are some key points about this new feature:


•The user will select single or multiple eligible bend ends and define relief parameters

•The command will have three different options: Circular, V-Shaped and U-Shaped

•Relief cutouts will be created in the flat state and then bent back (hidden from user)

•The feature will be available in “Ordered” only, Sync users should use a hybrid approach



My favorite Assembly environment enhancement


Solid Edge 2020 has made several enhancements to improve assembly performance, including combining several display and interaction settings into a new high- performance mode for large assemblies.



The assembly enters this mode based on total component count setting, found on the “Assembly Open As” tab in the Solid Edge Options. Users can exit this mode from ribbon as needed.




This new command replaces the need to create a query, and can be accessed from the Select group. It allows you to search the assembly for components based on criteria.



My favorite Draft environment enhancement


Solid Edge 2020 has enhanced 2D geometry display performance. They do this by not displaying insignificant geometry (less than a pixel). This is controlled by the culling option on the View Tab, in Solid Edge options. Below is an example:


Example: Large Layout Drawing

  • •1,448,937 displayed objects

No culling – Display everything

•5.702 seconds to display



Culling enabled – Does not display tiny objects

•Perceived display change is insignificant

•1.56 seconds to display



My favorite Draft environment new feature


Alas, Solid Edge 2020 has no new features in Draft this time. Just enhancements to existing features. Efforts seemed to have gone into integrating the add-on packages for this release. Which leads me into my final section.



My favorite Add-on enhancement


For years now Solid Edge has had the Simply Motion environment built into the assembly environment. This is the introductory module for motion simulation from Design Simulation Technologies. In Solid Edge 2020, full functionalities of motion simulation are now available to validate various applications, such as:


•Size motors and actuators

•Determine power consumption

•Determine boundary conditions for stress analysis


•Force Transmission

•Spring and Damper Stiffness

•Hydraulic actuators

•Reduce vibrations

•Understand unbalance effects on mechanisms

•Understand bearing loads



Solid Edge Motion creates moving parts directly from your assembly components and motion joints directly from assembly constraints. Solid Edge Motion enables you to:


•Ensure your assembly performs as expected without parts colliding.


•Increase the efficiency of your mechanical design process by utilizing a familiar interface/environment.


•Use a single engineering model, without transferring geometry to/from another application.


•Eliminate expensive design changes late in the manufacturing process.


Furthermore, if you already own a Solid Edge Premium license, you will get this enhanced functionality for free.



My favorite new Add-on


Solid Edge 2020 is introducing the new Solid Edge 2D Nesting package. This add-on will allow you to place your 2D flat patterns onto a flat sheet and efficiently nest them to ensure less waste of material.



The benefits are numerous, and include the following:


•New Manufacturing product for Solid Edge portfolio


•Works with Solid Edge files (PSM, PAR)

•Imports neutral data formats (DXF, DWG)

•Automatically extracts required data (if it exists)

•Most efficient nesting algorithm

•Continuous nesting improvement until Stop

•Export data into Solid Edge format (PAR, ASM, DFT)

•Export data into a neutral format (DXF, DWG)

•ROI very high based on material costs

•Can nest to multiple sheet sizes (reduce “tailings” AKA partial sheets)

•User can select the best nest from a list (not just latest one)

•Will nest inside openings (increase sheet usage)

•Angular control of parts + tilt allowance

•Universal spacing

•Generate both summary and detailed reports

•Save time while multi-tasking





Let me just emphasize that there are a lot more new and improved features, in Solid Edge 2020, than what I have mentioned in the article. Plus, I have only focused on several features that I believe will benefit the average designer, or ones that I feel will have an impact on their current procedures. Personally, I feel that this is another powerful release of Solid Edge, which will benefit all users. On the negative side, I was hoping for a Sheet Metal Manufacturing Add-on and a complete Architectural Symbol Library added to the Draft environment. I have been told that they are investigating these enhancements for future releases. If you would like to see these, or any other features added, please make sure you log an enhancement request (ER) with us by calling our tech line at 1-877-215-1883 or contact GTAC to log an ER.


From Harness Model to Harness Layout in minutes

John Pearson - Thursday, March 14, 2019

By now many of you have heard about the new Solid Edge Electrical package from Siemens PLM. If you haven’t, you can check it out here:


The website states that:


Solid Edge helps you overcome electromechanical design challenges with a dedicated solution for electrical design—enabling true co-design collaboration across electrical and mechanical domains.

Sounds impressive, but what does it really mean? In this blog, I want to show you a simple scenario that will illustrate the power and speed of this new module.


In this scenario, I have designed and modeled a wire harness sub-assembly for use in my larger master assembly.




I have designed this based on needs and specifications from the assembly without having a pre-existing schematic. I like to make sure everything fits before I worry about any documentation. Once I am satisfied with the model, I’ll need to create the accompanying documentation. For this sub-assembly, I will need a harness layout or flat harness design. In the past this would require a bit of time to re-create this model in my 2D schematic package. However, with Solid Edge Electrical, I can generate the 2D harness design in just a few minutes.


I start by creating a new diagram in Solid Edge Electrical. This diagram can be created in a new project or be added to an existing project.



With both Solid Edge and Solid Edge Electrical open, I connect the two products by clicking the connect icon in both packages.



Solid Edge 2019



Solid Edge Electrical 2019


Note: It’s worth noting that each package has configuration tools to set this up in advance. Plus, the packages can be on the same computer or different



Next, I launch the Bridge-In command from within the Solid Edge Electrical software and set my options.



Once I’ve set my options, I click Import and the harness design is automatically created for me. If necessary, I can easily reposition the symbols and tables.




In this example, my modeled parts in Solid Edge have corresponding internal parts with symbols in Solid Edge Electrical. This results in a very fast

generation of my harness layout. Furthermore, I can use the Cross Select command. This command allows me to click on a component in Solid Edge and the corresponding layout image highlights in Solid Edge Electrical. Likewise, I can click on a layout image and the corresponding model part highlights.


This is just one example of how the new Solid Edge Electrical package can save you time and money. Solid Edge Electrical includes a schematic diagramming application for wire design, harness design and layout tool, and Part library and Symbol library creation and management tools, but it is the collaboration capability that sets this package apart from all other packages that we’ve used in the past. If you’d like to learn more about the new Solid Edge Electrical, you can visit the link shown above, contact your Account Manager, or contact us at [email protected].


How to save an assembly as a single part file.

John Pearson - Friday, February 15, 2019

I’ve had a couple of calls, on our tech line this month, asking if it’s possible to save an assembly as a single part file. For users who are on ST10 or Solid Edge 2019 the answer is yes. Solid Edge refers to this as a One Body Assembly, and it is part of the Insert Part Copy command. 


Some of the benefits of a One Body Assembly are:


•It allows you to remove hidden or redundant detail.

•It enables data sharing while protecting intellectual property.

•It can be used for complex supplier parts, reference parts or layouts.

•It can improve performance in Large assemblies.


The basic process to create a One Body Assembly is as follows:


  • - Open a new part file in the ordered paradigm. 

- Select the Part Copy command from the Home > Clipboard group.




- Select the assembly that you want turned into a One Body Assembly.



- The Part Copy dialog appears. Make sure your settings match the ones shown below.




Note: With these settings, a linked single body of the assembly will be placed into the part file.


Note: The following options, which can be used when necessary:


Adjust non-manifold conditions and merge - The option is off by default. When it is checked and there are multiple bodies created by the Part Copy feature, Solid Edge will adjust such bodies to remove the non-manifold conditions and merge into a single design body.



Remove voids - Removes voids from all the bodies created in the Part Copy.


- Click OK


- Click Finish on the command bar.


- Notice the results and the linked Part Copy in the PathFinder.





Note: This can be done in the synchronous environment, but you will not have a linked Part Copy.


Although the steps are relatively simple, this command can be extremely powerful and useful for scenarios mentioned above, so give it a try. Remember, if you run into problems, give us a call on our tech line at 1-877-215-1883, or send us an email at [email protected]. We may need access to your assembly, so be prepare to send it to us through Pack & Go.


I hope you find this helpful. 



A baker’s dozen of tips and tricks Part 2 – from 2018 SEU events

John Pearson - Tuesday, January 15, 2019


This is the second part, of our tips and tricks session, that we presented at our 5 SEU related events in 2018.








Demo 6: Enhanced pattern along curve.







Note: This is demonstrated along with the Duplicate command as part of Tip #10






Demo 7: Part Weldments and the Duplicate command.







Demo 8: Placing Hole counts in Draft.







Demo 9: Using the Drawing View Tracker.








Link to Demo 10: Controlling the center of rotation.




This concludes the 2018 Bakers Dozen of Solid Edge Tips and Tricks. I hope that you have learned something new and can use some of these tips and tricks in your design work. Below is a list of other links where you can find additional Tips and Tricks.

•For more Tips and Tricks visit our blog at:


•or visit our YouTube Channel at:


•Or the Solid Edge User Community



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A baker’s dozen of tips and tricks Part 1 – from 2018 SEU events

John Pearson - Tuesday, January 01, 2019

This year, Designfusion hosted and participated in 5 Solid Edge University events. Starting with SEU Toronto, and followed by SEU Montreal, and then our 2-Day SEU event in Chicago. We then ran two events called the “Best of SEU 2018” in Olds, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba. One of the most popular sessions was our Tips and Tricks session. For those of you who missed one of these events, we offer you this blog which covers the tips and tricks session.




  • 1.Clean out your windows temp folder.

To do this, you want to delete all the files in the C:\Users\[username]\AppData\ Local\Temp folder. Where [username] is the name that you use to log in to windows. You will need administrator privileges.



Note: If you can't find the AppData folder, you have to go to the View tab and select Options. In the Folder Options dialog, go to the View tab and make sure that you toggle on the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option.



Select all the files in the temp folder using the Ctrl+A keys, and then hit the Delete key. You’ll be prompted with the following message:



Click Yes. Don’t worry, Windows will not let you delete any files that it still needs. If Windows still requires a file, you will get the following message:



Toggle on the “Do this for all current items” option and click Skip.


If Windows still requires a folder, you will get the following message:



Toggle on the “Do this for all current items” option and click Skip.


Note: Once this task is complete, I would suggest that you also empty your Recycle Bin.


  • 2.Keep your drivers up to date.

This becomes obvious when new versions of software are installed. Especially with graphic performance. Keeping your graphic card, and hardware, drivers up to date will eliminate most of these issues.



Demo 1A: Move and rotate faces.




Demo 1B: Move and rotate faces with the steering wheel.




Demo 2: Multi-Body parts and features.



Auto scroll assembly pathfinder


When checked, the assembly PathFinder scrolls to the component selected in the assembly window.



Demo 3: Using the Assembly Relationship Manager




Demo 4: Using Pack and Go.






Demo 5: Create a simple variable table motor.



This concludes Part one of this Blog. Look for Part 2, coming soon.


A look at NX Check-Mate

Raihan Solaiman - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Check-Mate is a very powerful tool in Siemens NX and is often overlooked. It provides an automated, customizable tool that aids in proactively improving product quality. Check-Mate has capabilities ranging from a simple spell check on all notes and annotations to reporting WAVE-linked objects in an assembly and the WAVE link status. While there are over 300 standard checkers, Check-Mate also allows the user to set up customized design checking to ensure all projects comply with their Company’s standards. For example, if your company works with layers frequently, a customized check can be set up to check if the specified layers or layer categories contain the object types to which they are mapped.


Check-Mate can be run interactively or in batch mode. Hence, hundreds of parts can be validated without any human interaction. It eliminates manual, error-prone processes that require designers to remember standards, requirements, and validation procedures. This enables designers to discover errors earlier in the product development process. Therefore, Check-Mate results in increased product quality while also reducing the product development time.





  • - Reduces costs related to engineering change orders, warranty repairs, and product recalls
  • - Ensures adherence to company standards
  • - Eliminates costly and time-consuming downstream corrections
  • - Identifies noncompliance to company standards
  • - Alerts designers to inconsistencies in CAD model geometry
  • - Facilitates validation as an automatic practice rather than an afterthought




  • - Validation integrated with NX using HD3D user interface
  • - Model quality checking
  • - Assembly, file, and drawing checking
  • - Extensive library of standard checks
  • - Authoring capabilities for custom checks
  • - HTML-based reporting dashboard
  • - Interactive or batch mode checking
  • - Full integration with Teamcenter



There are a variety of standard checkers to choose from, and once tests are chosen and run, you will see the results in the ‘results’ section of the Check-Mate tab. While most tests will return a pass or fail result, some tests can pass with information or warnings. As you can see in the image below, the ‘Suppressed feature’ test passed with information. Thus, the test will provide you with information such as which feature is suppressed, and which part contains the suppressed feature.




The Check-Mate tool doesn’t stop there however. On top of it all, they’ve even added an option to generate an external log file for you. You can find this option when in the “Set Up Tests” dialog box, under the “Run Options” tab as seen below.




Once your tests have been executed, Check-Mate will generate an ‘.xml’ file for you, which contains a report of the results. You can open these files with a variety of programs, including internet explorer. Below is a snippet of what the results look like when opened with internet explorer.


















Additionally, if you are not satisfied with how the external log file displays the results, there is a Quality Dashboard utility (QDASH) that allows you to create custom report templates. This utility allows you to produce tables and graphs that can easily illustrate what parts are failing what checks and records that information. It can also collect quality metrics to show improvements or problem trends. Therefore, this report generator allows you to specifically choose what information to display and how to display it.








For more information or a demo of NX Check-Mate contacts your local account manager.


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