A competing free 2D package will allow me to do this. I need to construct a wireframe model of a structure for export to a structural analysis program that will then assign nodes and beam numbers to the model. A competing free 2D package allows me to call out a 3D space where I can do this. I can't seem to find a way to do this in SE2D. Is there a way to do this in SE2D?
If you're taking 2D elements into a 3D application, then the answer is yes....in Solid Edge free 2D you just need to export using a neutral format file translater that is compatible between them. [DWG, DXF, IGES]
(Note: not sure if SEf2D has IGES]
Hi Sean, thank you for responding. Perhaps, my description is not clear enough. I am actually trying to do wireframe sketches in a 3D environment. Below is a snip of the environment I am getting from a competing free 2D package;
In this environment, I am able to simulate a structure that consists of lines to represent steel beams. I can't seem to do this in SEf2d.
Tim, Solid Edge Free 2D is simply that... 2D. If you want more than that you need the complete Solid Edge product which is not free and then you can do all the 3D you want.
SEf2D does not have an option to display/operate in 3D space....if you're dead set on 3D & wireframe elements, why not look [albeit at a cost, for commercial version] at Rhinoceros, if you don't want to use "DS" anymore...it handles this sort of workflow very well.
It used to be my fall back application for some of SE's surfacing short comings, but those have almost completely disappeared now. [in terms of my typical day to day needs]
If "DS" gives you what you need, for free, why change?
I am not looking to change. I have been a user of SEf2d long before Draftsight was offered free on the market. There are pros and cons of Draftsight compared to SEf2d. Less pros than cons I would say. I just thought if SE2d could do wireframes like Draftsight, I would not need to have two similar applications in my system. Below is an example of what I did with Draftsight. It is a line representation of a tank support. Each line represent a column, beam or strut. The model is then imported into an Analysis software for further work. Neat huh?
Yup, that's one of those alright.
FYI: This was probably the last [topically relevant] thing I did in Rhino, this started as some spatial survey points and architects basic wireframe key region definitons. Created solid model rods over finished wireframe, in order to bring into Solid Edge for better complete component modeling & finial detailing.
Absolutely and you are right with SE detailing. That is why I have consistently been using it. SEf2d has by far the best detailing tools. Better than anything Autodesk sells.
BTW, that is a fabulous model with Rhino. I wonder if FreeCAD can open that.
Cool model Sean. Now the big question... Would you do the layout/conceptual work in Solid Edge today, or would you still use Rhino, and if so, why? What would SE be lacking?