Here is a list of all the postings Raymond Anderson has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: 3D CAD software - what do you use?|
Blowlamp, Those are lovely renders. 👍
Ian P, Looking at those specs, I would be tempted to start afresh. SSD drive is good, but the rest.. hmmm. FYI Solid Edge is a single threaded app which means it wont take advantage of a Cpu with lots of cores. Clock speed is the name of the game with SE. 8 Gb ram should be your minimum [ DDR 4 ] all depends on the size of your data sets. Will work fine with onboard graphics but a dedicated Gpu is best... again its tied into the data set size. Data set size is not just related to the number of individual parts in an assembly but also to the complexity of the geometry ie fillets, chamfers ect. Good luck,
Barrie, no problem.. I never thought that for a minute Dave Smith , you mention Catia, have you ever used Solid Edge's big brother NX.[ got a price tag to match it's power, fine if you want to sell the house and move into a cardboard box ] In fact , talking of the car industry Daimler Benz had the biggest migration in Cad history when they moved from Catia to NX. Did start to try to learn NX but way, way beyond me. Solid edge is more than enough for me... in fact, I don't think I have ever used anything like it's full capabilities. Still I mustn't derail the thread with idle chatter. Good luck to all who took up the Solid Edge offer, Keep practising...and you will be up to speed fairly quick.
The three pics I put up in an earlier thread on Solid Edge, were merely to show just a part of what it is capable of. I usually build what I draw [ not models.. gave up on them after the aborted attempt at the Renk gearbox ] although I had no intention of trying to build the Liebherr 600tonne crane block, Siemens motor or the Forkhardt chuck. They were from earlier projects for a third party.... non model related. And merely to show the level of programme it is [ and even they don't amount to a hill of beans compared to what it is capable of doing when required.
Tony Solid Edge all the way. The community edition will do all ( and more) that you ask of it. I use the licenced version and... the community edition is loosing very little on the cad side to the commercial edition. Cam module is locked, and Piping and wiring harness and Standard parts library are not installed in the free version. That's about the only difference. Solid Edge is actually more powerful than Solidworks. I have put a few pics of some Solid Edge models in an earlier thread and there are more in one of my albums.
|Thread: Thread to discuss Solid Edge 2D and 3D|
Hans, Yes the customise options are very extensive far too much for me to write up here. If you go to the areas marked on my screenshot you will find all the help you need there. You can customise the GUI to suit your workflow.
Not sure what the GUI is by default in the Community edition [ is that the default shown in your pic ? ] either way you will be able to get it to suit your way of working.
Solid Edge is far , far removed from any of the programmes you have mentioned. It is a full blown commercial Mcad programme extremely powerful, Robust, Stable and flexible. [ don't let the extremely powerful bit put you off ] The User forum that I mentioned in another thread is a gold mine of info from Pro users of the software. also Siemens Solid Edge official forum is another first class site. Also, if you press the area at the top where the arrow is pointing that will take you directly to the GUI customise options Hover over it and press F1 will take you to a extensive help area.
|Thread: Siemens does not like me...!|
Danny, Go for it, you will be fine. Because it's full blown Professional Mcad software it is expected that it will be used in a Pro environment, Hence Quadro / Fire Pro Gpu's and Win 10 pro. when the reality is Win home/ Geforce or Radeon [ or wharever AMD 's latest ones are called ] SE operates on them just dandy.
Danny, I use the commercial version on 1 workstation [ Win 10 Pro ] and 1 with [ Win 10 Home ]. runs perfectly on either Os version. I have community edition on another machine [ Win 10 home ] and again runs perfectly. Win 10 home Not supported, simply means that any technical issues the user [ might ] encounter Tech support will not help. But... Take it from me it runs perfectly on 10 home, no issues.
It's exactly the same as Using Quadro GPU'S most [ all ] Professional Mcad software will specify Quadro Cards. even though the Ge Force versions will be fine. They just won't offer any tech support if using a non certified GPU. so it's exactly the same on Win 10 Pro / Home. So IF you are thinking of trying SE out and are using Win 10 home then go for it, you will be fine.
I only said it's CERTIFIED to run on win 10. and no other Os. Certainly you would have ( as your install shows) a better chance of success on Win 8.1 than trying the same on Linux. I'm pleased you have it running on 8.1 but... The fact remains it is certified for 10.
Rod, It will run quite happily on an I5 [ all depends on the size of your data sets ]. Clock frequency is most important being as SE is a single threaded app. [ I think that holds true for all Mcad software] . . Rendering, now... that's a different ball game. Rendering in Keyshot... or in my case Vred is core hungry. It will take as much cores as you can give it. Same applies to FEA .
Solid Edge is not certified to run on any other Os other than Win 10. I think you would have to jump through hoops, and even IF you got it to run, it would be so unstable Would not be a good experience.
|Thread: A bit of Solid Edge.|
Few pics of some solid models I created a while back. all done in Solid Edge and rendered in Vred [ still getting to grips with that ] The steepness of the learning curve in Vred ? ...try vertical . The Solid Edge render engine is Keyshot. but I prefer Vred [ in spite of the learning curve ]
|Thread: Siemens does not like me...!|
Couldn't tell you, You asked if it was UK Imperial I informed you Solid Edge does ANSI imperial. Unless its the formatting. I really don't know what the difference is.
Robin, The imperial dims supported are ANSI
Certain servers are off line for maintenance. They should be up and running hopefully by tomorrow.
Well said Gray.
You only need a internet connection for Downloading. Never any need for the internet after that to run the software.
|Thread: solid edge 2D|
In case the screenshots are not clear on a persons screen The STEP translator to alter is STEP.INI and the Solidworks one is SW2SE.INI
Some more info on importing non native data into Solid Edge. If you import a step file assembly into Solid Edge and open it in an assembly template it will come in as 1 solid body ie no separate parts. If you want it to open as an assembly of separate parts you need to do the following. Go to where Solid Edge is installed [ usually the C drive ] Then, Siemens/ Solid Edge 2020/ Preferences/ Translators. and in a text editor change the Import Multiple Bodies As Single Part file to OFF and save the file. You can now open the step assembly as an assembly ie separate parts. The exact same procedure applies to the Direct import of a native Solidworks file or... Inventor/ ProE/ Creo / Catia. See screenshots
Hello folks, Glad to see that those new to Solid Edge are getting on well with it. I think Kudos should be given to Siemens PLM for offering none commercial folks the chance to use [ and keep ] the software. I highly recommend folk to join the user forum over at Siemens PLM also another great forum is the Solid Edge user group on Facebook.
Duncan, as far as tying properties to a layer, it can be done but involves editing a text file in the programme. It is quite an involved process and results in whatever properties you assign to that layer being stored for that layer [ is that what you were meaning ? ] I have done it for a certain number of layers which I have tied to a custom draft template. Another area that folks new to Solid Edge will probably be unaware of concerns the importing of non native files. I will post an explanation in another post [ hopefully with a screenshot ]
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