Introducing the new ST7 Hole Command

by Siemens Valued Contributor Siemens Valued Contributor on ‎10-21-2014 03:47 PM - edited (7,495 Views)

New for ST7 we have completely rebuilt the Hole Command user interface and the way hole information is stored.  We’ve also added new functionality to how holes can be modeled.


New User Interface


 
When you open the Hole Options dialog, one of the first things you notice is that you can now see a graphical representations of the hole parameters.  As you click through the different types of holes, or change the options of the hole, the representation of the hole updates to reflect your selections.  This makes defining the hole you want a more intuitive experience.


The UI still supports the usual hole types of simple, threaded, Counterbore, countersink, and tapered, with the usual options for depth control and bottom treatment.  And you can still apply threads to any type of hole (except tapered).  


New Functionality
In addition to the new user interface, there are a couple of new options available through this dialog – the ability to create start, end (Ordered mode only), and neck chamfers (for Counterbore holes).  With this new capability you can now add chamfers to holes as part of the hole feature itself instead of having to add them as a second feature.


Also new for ST7 is the ability to control what diameter hole is created on the actual solid model when creating threaded holes.  Prior to ST7, threaded holes were always modeled at the Internal Minor Diameter.  Now you have the option to have the hole modeled to the Tap Drill Diameter, Internal Minor Diameter, or the Nominal Diameter.  This can be useful if you have other applications that interrogate the model and are looking for specific diameters to use to identify threaded holes.


Behind the Scenes
Perhaps the most significant change to the Hole functionality is that the hole database files are now in Microsoft Excel format instead of plain text.  Microsoft Excel is not required to be installed for Solid Edge to use the database files, though you will need a separate program such as Excel or Open Office Calc to edit them.


The new format for the database files makes it easier to edit them using standard spreadsheet processing tools.  Sorting, searching, and editing in a familiar spreadsheet environment will make maintaining your hole database files a snap. 


Out of the box, Solid Edge now delivers 7 different database files for the following standards: ANSI Inch, ANSI Metric, DIN, GB, GOST, ISO, JIN, and UNI.  These files include industry-standard holes that you can immediately put to use in your designs.


You can also create and use your own custom database files.  And if you have legacy custom text hole database files, we also provide a utility ( by default, C:\Program Files\Solid Edge ST7\Custom\HoleDatabaseConverter\ ) that will convert them into the new format.


When creating a new hole, most hole parameters will be populated for you based on the kind and size of hole you choose from a standard.  But of course you can always manually override any parameter if desired.  When you do this, the field with the override value will turn yellow to alert you to the fact that you are using a non-database-driven value for that parameter. 


We hope that you find the new Hole interface and databases easy to use and that it provides a faster, more intuitive way to create holes in your designs.


Steven Sheldon

* Opinions are my own

Comments
by Pioneer
on ‎02-10-2015 10:49 AM

Just got upgraded from ST4 to ST7.

I like the changes to the hole command, but I have a question about using data from it.

 Is it possible to add the chamfer information from a hole to a standard callout?

 

I have clearance holes which have a small chamfer .030" x 45° on each end of the hole.

 

Here is my callout:

 

DRILL %HC
TYP. (6x)

 

I'd like to add a line that will call out the chamfer size and angle

by Siemens Valued Contributor Siemens Valued Contributor
on ‎02-10-2015 01:52 PM

Hello gpatchel,

 

Yes, Smart Text is available to display the start and end chamfers of holes.

 

 

From the Callout menu, choose the ST (Select Symbols and Values) button.

Expand Values and then Feature References and you will see the list above.

 

This also works for dimension text similarly.

 

Steve

by Pioneer
on ‎02-20-2015 10:30 AM

Thank you Steve.

Excelent info.

I was sure there was a way, just couldn't find it.

by Pioneer
on ‎02-20-2015 10:37 AM

Now, is there a way to change the number of places decimal for the callout?

I want it to default to a 3 place decimal, which it is.

However I want the callout for the chamfer to show as a 2 place decimal.

by Phenom
on ‎02-20-2015 10:47 AM

from SE Help:

 

/@n

Precision

Where integer n specifies precision format for a property text value that starts with a number.

%{%HS/@2}

12,12

 

 

 

https://docs.plm.automation.siemens.com/tdoc/se/106/help/#uid:index_annotations:xid280274Smiley Tonguerptxt4a

 

by Pioneer
on ‎02-20-2015 11:12 AM

Spot on.

Thanks Matt.

Great Link.

 

It would be nice to have an easier function within the callout menu to accomplish this.

5/6 of our engineering dept would struggle to format callout codes.

 

 

by Phenom
on ‎02-20-2015 11:38 AM

AGREED!

by Solution Partner Creator Solution Partner Creator
on ‎06-05-2015 07:23 AM

Hello All

 

Is there a way to open the hole database in a program other that microsoft excel? I mean to change the settings to open the database by default in OpenOffice or LibreOffice?

 

Any help here would be apprecaited.


Thanks

by Dreamer
on ‎10-27-2015 05:51 AM

Hello guys, 

 

i am facing a issue with wrong hole size information. I am working on ANSI drawings and they requiered to have a proper naming of hole size. For threads is not a problem to have it based on excel sheet file, BUT with simple holes is it a really trouble and i am not able to have a NAME instead of size. Would any one be so kind and help me out with it? 

 

Thank you! 

 

 

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