|Barrie Lever||13/05/2020 12:57:58|
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There is an increasing interest in the free CAD offerings from Siemens Solid Edge now that they have added a community edition to the existing free of charge 2D offering.
Any questions then just ask, I will say that there are more experienced SE drivers on the forum than me and hopefully they will support this message thread.
I will upload some screen shots a bit later.
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I did just see that Barrie Lever started this thread as promised. So I jump in, full force.
So, what's the matter here?
Problem #2 maybe tomorrow
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No nothing of that program but in autocad those top graphics change as you click on the different functions on the top line. Tutorial 2 is showing the sketching icon lit up, so I guess that is the menu for sketching.
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On your top tutorial 1 it has home clicked & so on. Same as autocad.
|Raymond Anderson||15/05/2020 07:03:21|
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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.
|Paul Lousick||15/05/2020 08:20:19|
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Learnin to use a 3D CAD prrogram is not an easy task. It is a new language and will take time to master. (how long would it take you to be proficient in Mandarin or Russian, etc).
I have not used Solid Edge but have been a CAD draftsman for 10+ years, now retired. It took us 3 months to master Pro Engineer when it was introduced. When I changed jobs and used Solidworks, I was sent to a full week of training to learn the basics and later anther week to learn the advanved features and still learning.
Software is more friendly now but still takes a lot of study and practice. Stay with it as it is a great resource and has saved me heaps of time in the workshop. Cheaper and quicker to find problems and fix them in the computer than on a lathe oe mill.
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I'm busy trying to learn SE too - so absolutely another Newbie too. But about the different toolbars....
When I installed SE it asked me what level of experience I had (I forget the exact terms) but it was something like 'New to CAD', 'Used some CAD before' or 'Experienced CAD User' - I was probably 'used some before' (Intermediate level?) but decided to jump right into 'Experienced'. I'm pretty sure though that the UI wold have been simplified if I'd have chosen one of the other options.
The Toolbars do change interactively as you select a tab (e.g. Home, Sketching, 3D Sketching, Surfacing etc) but 'Home' seems to be a kind of summary toolbar - the others are more complete but also more complex (and maybe harder to use at first). Always look to the 'Hint/Guidance' at the bottom of page that will tell you your next move -it's very helpful. Hover over an icon and a help box will also appear...
I've been watching some excellent YouTubes by Design Fusion (a Canadian SE Partner I think) which are very good but up to 8 years old - so I've assumed that there will be some differences in the product version - although the basics of the UI seem the same. The Siemens videos will be more up to date I assume but the ones I watched had some sort of robotic female voiceover that I guess they use to automate translations (??).
I prefer the DF guy - he's very good but he packs a lot into each video. I try to play them through once (just watching) then a second time (to take notes) - then go and actually try the stuff - then watch again and try to understand what I just did wrong!
Hope this helps - keep at it!
Edited By IanT on 15/05/2020 11:29:51
|Barrie Lever||15/05/2020 16:32:30|
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I think it is worth checking what assistance level that Solid Edge is giving you, see the photo below, the screen shots you posted of tutorial 1 and 2 are what I would expect to see in the standard installation.
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Sorry for the delay, other matters went in-between, and I'm also unsure about what I want to write.
Stand now is the following: I tried to re-create a 'thing' I did in Onshape and which I found quite difficult to do, in the way I did it. Inagine a L, lying on the long side, but the short side not vertical. Like that perhaps: ___/
Some other points: - I tried to find these Youtube videos by Design Fusion, but all except two are for Fusion360, and the S.E. video is about surface modelling.
Ok, enough for today. I will be away for 2 or 3 days, but I will come back!
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