Using the Add-in Manager

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I'm looking for an Add-in that will produce gear teeth, splines, serrations and sprocket
teeth. I've found the Add-in Manager on the Application drop down menu, but it will
not load any of the add-ins available for Solid Edge. The add-ins I've found are
probably only suited for use on 3D versions of Solid Edge.
Does anyone know of a source for Solid Edge 2D add-ins? UGS states that this 2D
version of Solid Edge is comparable to AutoCAD, and was selling for nearly $1,000
(darn near the price of AutoCAD). I can find many add-ins for AutoCAD. Why is so
difficult to find some for Solid Edge 2D?
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Re: Using the Add-in Manager

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Dan,
The free (download) version of Solid Edge 2D Drafting has the application
interface disabled. You cannot run external prograns such as those created
with VB on the application.
Regards,
Rick B.

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I wish I had known the Add-in Manager was disabled before I started using Solid Edge
to design our company's tooling. We are a custom manufacturer of gears, spline shafts
and sprockets. I need to draft these items.
Does anyone know of a Web site or some cheap software that can generate the tooth
geometry? If I cannot find a way import the geometry, I will need to talk my boss
in buying Solid Edge's 3D version. If I fail at that (which is very likely), I will
need to find a different 2D CAD package and start translating all our tooling drawings.
Wait, there's one other alternative! Does any have an old Solid Edge 2D version
with a working Add-in Manager that they would like to sell? And, where can I get
a gear tooth generating add-in?

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There are legal issues to buying non-transferable licenses. Even the guys at Siemens
have to put food on their tables!
Personally, I'd be using SE3D a long time ago if I were the manufacturer of gears
and other complex 3D components. It'll keep you ahead of your FE and Indian competition,
though it is starting to be adopted out there too.
For one, you can use the pattern effect in the 3D software to make the whole of
your helical gears controlled by parameters.
This means you'd be able to draw one gear out of a "family" and then use that as
a basis drawing and just alter numbers which represent module size and number of
teeth, helical angle, depth of gear.
Trust me, after two months on SE3D you'd be covering any initial outlay you made
in increased productivity.
-Andy Southern.
University of Liverpool.


"Dan Sungail" wrote:
>
>I wish I had known the Add-in Manager was disabled before I started using
>Solid Edge
>to design our company's tooling. We are a custom manufacturer of gears, spline
>shafts
>and sprockets. I need to draft these items.
>
>Does anyone know of a Web site or some cheap software that can generate the
>tooth
>geometry? If I cannot find a way import the geometry, I will need to talk
>my boss
>in buying Solid Edge's 3D version. If I fail at that (which is very likely),
>I will
>need to find a different 2D CAD package and start translating all our tooling
>drawings.
>
>Wait, there's one other alternative! Does any have an old Solid Edge 2D version
>with a working Add-in Manager that they would like to sell? And, where can
>I get
>a gear tooth generating add-in?
>

www.continual-motion.com

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Andy:
I didn't know the Solid Edge Software is non-transferable. I won't waste my time
looking for a full licensed copy of SE2D.
Until recently, I've been producing gear geometry using an on-line application on
our own Web site then down loading it. However, our Web host began charging us too
much for it, so we removed it.
I didn't know anyone outside NATO countries purchased software. The last research
I read stated that 99% of their software is pirated. The remaining one percent has
too much customization to make pirating practical.
As none of the employees at our company have seen a raise in five years, I doubt
there is any money in our budget for high end software. In fact, until I was able
to download the free Solid Edge 2D, we did our drafting with a pencil.





"Andy Southern" wrote:
>
>There are legal issues to buying non-transferable licenses. Even the guys
>at Siemens
>have to put food on their tables!
>
>Personally, I'd be using SE3D a long time ago if I were the manufacturer of
>gears
>and other complex 3D components. It'll keep you ahead of your FE and Indian
>competition,
>though it is starting to be adopted out there too.
>
>For one, you can use the pattern effect in the 3D software to make the whole
>of
>your helical gears controlled by parameters.
>
>This means you'd be able to draw one gear out of a "family" and then use that
>as
>a basis drawing and just alter numbers which represent module size and number
>of
>teeth, helical angle, depth of gear.
>
>Trust me, after two months on SE3D you'd be covering any initial outlay you
>made
>in increased productivity.
>
>-Andy Southern.
>University of Liverpool.
>
>
>
>
>"Dan Sungail" wrote:
>>
>>I wish I had known the Add-in Manager was disabled before I started using
>>Solid Edge
>>to design our company's tooling. We are a custom manufacturer of gears, spline
>>shafts
>>and sprockets. I need to draft these items.
>>
>>Does anyone know of a Web site or some cheap software that can generate the
>>tooth
>>geometry? If I cannot find a way import the geometry, I will need to talk
>>my boss
>>in buying Solid Edge's 3D version. If I fail at that (which is very likely),
>>I will
>>need to find a different 2D CAD package and start translating all our tooling
>>drawings.
>>
>>Wait, there's one other alternative! Does any have an old Solid Edge 2D version
>>with a working Add-in Manager that they would like to sell? And, where can
>>I get
>>a gear tooth generating add-in?
>>

>
>www.continual-motion.com

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Dan,
I don't understand how we got into the question of Solid Edge 2D Drafting
being transferable or not. Solid Edge 2D Drafting is free for everyone to
use. As a company, you may download the Solid Edge 2D Drafting installation
executable from the web site and then install the software on as many
machines as you want.
I believe the confusion comes in where there are components of Solid Edge
that are not available in Solid Edge 2D Drafting. The applications interface
is one of the pieces that is not enabled in Solid Edge 2D Drafting. This is
the piece that allows you to write external programs to build geometry in
Solid Edge. This is what I believe you were originally asking about.
Regards,
Rick B.