Reply

XREF Support

The Free 2D description discusses XREF support. I have not yet found this functionality.

The closest I have got is the block function. I have made blocks in a dwg or dft file file that I have been able to import into the active drawing though the library. However, the link to the original file does not appear to be maintained. If changes are made in the original file/block, I can 'replace' the block, but when I do all dimensions attached to the block in the active drawing disappear.

Is there any way of maintaining the link between files as per AutoCAD's XREF without clearing all associated dimensions and annotation in the process?

Thanks.
DaveK
7 REPLIES

Re: XREF Support

Use Solid Edge's "Symbol" functionality and set the option to associatevely "link" it when placing.

Thanks,
Ken

Production: ST9 MP7
Testing: ST10

Re: XREF Support

Thanks. Have got that working. :-)

Re: XREF Support

Would this also work for title blocks?
Nathan M. Gardner

https://www.etsy.com/people/NathanMGardner

Be sure to check out my work!!
Made in Maine Wood Carvings

Re: XREF Support

let me be a little more clear, when I say title blocks I am referring to back ground sheets. I have tried but I am not sure if I am doing it right. it does not give me the option to insert and set the association to link.
Nathan M. Gardner

https://www.etsy.com/people/NathanMGardner

Be sure to check out my work!!
Made in Maine Wood Carvings

Re: XREF Support

I would not recommend doing an associative link in a background sheet.  Your creating a historical document and you don't want things just changing on your Drafts.  Also it becomes a real pain if you want to transfer the files elswhere and if you lose the link to what ever was associated, it goes away.


Thanks,
Ken

Production: ST9 MP7
Testing: ST10

Re: XREF Support

Thank you Grundey for your reply but i must disagree in part. I have allways xref'd the title blocks for my projects for the past 16+ years. I do this by using two different blocks. one for the common title information and line work and a second to cover the file specific information. I have found this to be a great way to taylor the title block for customer request on multi sheet projects. For the past four years i was not aware SE could do the same until today. What a relief it is to find this option. Oh yea i also use Project specificy title blocks while doing this.

 

I do agree with your statment "Your creating a historical document and you don't want things just changing on your Drafts." To this you do need to be careful with the control of this Title blocks.

 

 

Nathan M. Gardner

https://www.etsy.com/people/NathanMGardner

Be sure to check out my work!!
Made in Maine Wood Carvings

Re: XREF Support

I agree with you ngardner, XREF'ing a great way to bring in titleblocks, as well as rev blocks, standard notes, and standard details.