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Raymond Anderson30/04/2020 18:03:35
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Just to make folks aware that Siemens Solid edge 3d Mcad software is now available for personal use. [ so no need to fib about being a Student ] It is the full blown Commercial version [ only parts / assemblies created in the Personal version cant be opened in the commercial version] Awesome software for hose in need of a full blown Pro programme. Details available on the Solid edge website. Just a heads up .

Barrie Lever30/04/2020 18:21:08
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Raymond

That is good news, I just started using the 2D and it is very good, I am heading over to Solid Edge website now.

B.

Been over to Solid Edge, can you post a link? I can see a 30 day free trial and also fledgling startup freebee's but not just straight forwards free for personal use.

Edited By Barrie Lever on 30/04/2020 18:28:40

Raymond Anderson30/04/2020 18:26:50
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Let me know how you get on. [ Incidentally the licence will never run out ]

Bandersnatch30/04/2020 18:29:11
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Do you have a direct link? All I see is a 30-day "free trial" and a page with the regular student signup

Edited By Bandersnatch on 30/04/2020 18:31:51

not done it yet30/04/2020 19:00:14
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only parts / assemblies created in the Personal version cant be opened in the commercial version]

Can it work OK in the opposite direction?🙂

Raymond Anderson30/04/2020 19:03:48
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Not sure how to insert a link but just Google Solid Edge community edition.

not done it yet, try it and you will find out.

Bandersnatch30/04/2020 19:37:58
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OK, Raymond, thanks - found it.

For anyone else, the link is:

**LINK**

Edited By Bandersnatch on 30/04/2020 19:38:21

jimmy b30/04/2020 19:49:27
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Thanks for the heads up on this one.

Jim

blowlamp30/04/2020 22:26:51
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Not really any export options though - just .dwg by the looks of it.

Martin.

Clive Foster30/04/2020 22:44:48
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Martin

Lack of export options is probably the easiest way of limiting that version of the program to individual users doing personal projects. If you are the only person using it you won't care about proper export. Presumably .dwg is good enough to show folk what you have done.

For hobby folk export to an inexpensive CAM program or to the 3D printer equivalent would seem more desirable than export to another CAD program.

Clive

blowlamp01/05/2020 11:07:49
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It was enough to put me off downloading, Clive.

I've got access to five CAM apps and a few CAD apps (which includes Fusion 360) and none of them will import a .drg file, so it would prove to be an object lesson in frustration for me to use it and then be unable to send my creations to my CNC mill or lathe.

Martin.

Clive Foster01/05/2020 19:41:39
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Martin

You are hardly their target market methinks.

I'm trying to plot an escape from Vectorworks Mac. The mechanical side hasn't been updated in ages but they still want to charge me full price upgrades when the current version goes out of date after a couple or three years due to OS upgrades. Not happening now I'm retired! Fusion and I just don't get on, quite aprt from misgivings over the internet linking needed.

If I can just download Solid Edge once to keep forever, whether on a virtual machine or a dedicated Windows box t may be worth the effort for the limited amount of drawing I now do. Seem to be some reasoanble tutorial books around for download too.

Clive

Raymond Anderson02/05/2020 06:49:51
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Clive, There is the Official Solid edge forum, , and plenty of user forums. most / all of which count Solid edge Pro's on the member list. so... the best of help is always at hand. Really.. anyone wanting to move to a full blown Mcad programme should test it out. It's a world removed from the hobby type programmes.

Regards.

jimmy b02/05/2020 08:18:28
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I've had a play with it this morning. I have been able to import every file type I have and been able to save as any file type.

Jim

Barrie Lever02/05/2020 09:04:22
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I have downloaded the community version and have created simple 3D models. I would add the following observations.

The programme is far removed from any 3D CAD I have worked with before, it has had a fortune spent on its development.

Positives

  • The programme is rock solid and stable.
  • Clear GUI
  • Very capable 2D drawing that does not need a 3D model to produce paper drawings if that is required.
  • All files stored at a local level by default.
  • Has not been defeated so far in the tasks thrown at it.

Downsides

  • The community edition creates files that cannot be opened by the full versions.
  • Currently the CAM module is not unlocked in the community edition.

Early days, but if I can get the CAM module unlocked, I will make a gradual transition out of my existing 3 off different 3D CAD packages.

B.

blowlamp02/05/2020 10:08:54
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Can someone confirm which file types this version can export, please?

Martin.

Barrie Lever02/05/2020 10:25:17
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Martin

See screen shots of the file selection types for 3D and 2D

Only tested IGES in 3D but it was perfect.

Tested DXF in 2D

B.

se_export1.jpgse_export2.jpg

blowlamp02/05/2020 10:39:06
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That looks promising, Barrie. Thanks for the pictures.

My original post is based on this quote from the official website.

"Free 2D drafting puts your thoughts on the page

From designing floor plans to sketching ideas for the shop floor, Solid Edge 2D Drafting offers simple drawing layout, diagramming, annotation, and dimensioning. When you’re finished, you can save your file as either a Solid Edge or .DWG format, allowing you the flexibility to collaborate with customers, peers, and partners."

Just seems odd not to mention all the other options. question

Martin.

Raymond Anderson02/05/2020 14:18:38
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Barrie, You may already know this .. IGES is an archaic file format. I think the last time the standard was updated was around about 1997 or so.! also.. IGES files tend to be Surface models not Solids. and can often have faces that cannot be stitched together [ repaired ] So the upshot is.. if saving in a non native format STP is the preferred option. It is still a "live " format and the last major update was about 3 years ago. I think the current for engineeringl models is 242. I use the commercial version of Solid edge and have done since 2008 or so. I I'm sure you will enjoy using the Community version. It will certainly handle all you can throw at it. [ and more ]yes

Barrie Lever02/05/2020 14:28:15
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Raymond

Yes I normally use STP for file transfer, when presented with that extensive list of export formats, I just choose iges to make sure that the function was not crippled in some way.

I am trying to find out how/if I can get access to the SE CAM pro as that is what I really need to start making a meaningful transition.

Currently I use a high featured level of BobCAD-CAM, i am programming 3D parts pretty well every day.

B.

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