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How to make a 2D drawing without a 3D model

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I'm trying to create custom wiring diagrams using Rulestream with Solid Edge. I created a Solid Edge 2D Drawing Spec, but it appears that the application won't instantiate the draft file. The Solid Edge draft template contains graphics on the 2D Model tab, and there is a Drawing View of the 2D Model on Sheet 1. I can only seem to get Solid Edge running in the application if I put a Solid Edge Model spec at the top level. Any ideas on how to use Rulestream to manipulate 2D drawings without models? My plan was to use Block placements, but I can't even get Rulestream to create the draft file instance. I'm currently using 8.15.1.

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Re: How to make a 2D drawing without a 3D model

Community Manager Community Manager
Community Manager

Allow me to make sure we're both looking at this the same way:

 

  • The "Solid Edge - 2D Drawing" spec is intended for users that have the less expensive "2D Only" Solid Edge license
  • SE Spec.png
  • Using this spec while running a 3D license may work, however is not the intended usage.  You cannot mix the use of this spec with the standard "Solid Edge" spec in the same application.
  • When using this spec your process step must use the "Solid Edge 2D Drawing Viewer", not "Solid Edge Drawing" nor "Solid Edge Viewer"
  • SE Viewer.png
  • Similar to working with 3D models, the Top Level Part Family must contain a 2D Drawing spec (Empty or with geomtry/data)
  • 2D Drawing specs may be created at any level in the tree but one must always be at the top even if you don't use it

 

If you continue to find that this is not working properly please open a ticket so that we may address this.

 

Re: How to make a 2D drawing without a 3D model

Creator
Creator

Been there, done that.

1. As you can see from my diagram, the only Solid Edge spec at the TOP LEVEL is indeed a Solid Edge - 2D Drawing.

2. In the Process Step, the process is indeed using Solid Edge 2D Drawing Viewer.

3. Our users only have the full Solid Edge licenses, so mixing in less expensive 2D only licenses is not an option.

4. I'm not mixing 2D and 3D functions in the same application, I'm simply creating wiring diagrams.

 

However, I did figure out what the issue was and I got it working. Take the case of a very simple 2-step process as shown:

 

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From the Input form associated with the first step (see below), with the appropriate required info entered in the fields, the "Create Drawing" action button on the bottom left becomes enabled.

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If the action behind that button is NavigateTo (and yes, I do have it pointing to the correct process step name), the process steps to Print Diagram, but nothing happens (the Print Diagram step highlights, showing that the program did indeed move to that step).  However, if the action behind the Create Drawing button is NextStep, then things work OK for this case. If however, there are additional process steps in between those in the example (like in Design & Analyze categories) and I wish to simply "NavigateTo" the Print Diagram step, things don't work. Bottom line is there appears to be an issue with NavigateTo.

Re: How to make a 2D drawing without a 3D model

Community Manager Community Manager
Community Manager

Please submit this to GTAC so that we can adress this and keep you informed as to the progress.