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Steering Wheel Advanced Techniques

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It is common knowledge that the Steering Wheel is the Synchronous Technology enabler and a versatile tool for performing direct edits on both synchronous and imported models.


Here's the minimal anatomy of the Steering Wheel:



When it comes to manipulating geometry using the Steering Wheel, there are two approaches :

  1. Manipulate the geometry by moving, rotating its faces.
  2. Manipulate or re-orient the Steering Wheel so that the geometry modification becomes easier.


The following is a quick recap of the various ways in which the Steering Wheel can be re-oriented:


  1. Move the Steering Wheel where you want it by the Origin.
  2. Shift + Origin to move while preserving the orientation.
  3. Shift + Bearing for angle around the other axis.
  4. Ctrl + Bearing for an angle in the plane of axes.
  5. Shift + Tool Plane to flip the orientation.
  6. Origin + drag to an edge to align with.
  7. Shift + Bearing + select a point to orient.


This article discusses the following three cases:


  1. Moving holes or any feature in a direction set by using existing geometry in the model.
  2. Aligning holes in imported geometry which due to the imperfections in its originating program or errors introduced during the import process may not align properly and pose problems during assembling.
  3. Moving features, like holes, in this case, to stop short of a certain distance to an existing feature which may not be possible by using traditional methods.


These three techniques were part of my presentation at the recently conducted Solid Edge University SEU 2018 which was held as part of the larger Siemens PLM Connect event in Phoenix, Arizona between June 4-7, 2018


All the above examples are demonstrated in the video below which has my voice-over, cool background music and some graphics effects for easy understanding.


Sound ON and enjoy the video...



Do mention any of your favorite Steering Wheel technique that could be simple for you to use but others may find an advanced and useful one. 


TwitterLogo32x32.png Tushar_Suradkar


Nice demo

Thnx for posting the video


That explains a lot of the basic to the steering wheel. I know I get frustrated when I can't remember (or figure out) how to adjust the wheel when I want to use it.

Gears Honored Contributor

I agree most steering wheel maneuvers are rudimentary stuff, it is important to explore how those can be adapted to a given situation. The present article is an attempt to demonstrate few such scenarios and is more about sharing what you know above all else.

Gears Esteemed Contributor

Great tutorial, @Tushar. I passed it around the office.

Gears Honored Contributor

Thanks Bruce. Hope your office people can now better comprehend my Indian accent after your tips on speaking to an American audience during PLM Connection.


Also, looks like your received your Gears trophy, why not flaunt it - that would be so American, the way I perceive it Smiley Happy

Gears Esteemed Contributor

@Tushar, no problem understanding you. I'm not flaunting the trophy. It looks like crazy eyes.

Gears Phenom

Great post @Tushar

 I'll have to admit, most of my apprenhension to switch over to Sync has been understanding the use of the steering wheel. But I'm also a "hands on" guy, dont tell me how, you gotta show me while I'm trying it! my downfall.. Lol

Gears Honored Contributor

Bring it on @Craig_H

It would be a great experience to see how the Steering Wheel works for the amazing models you create with Solid Edge.

Exactly the idea behind this post - move away from textbook illustrations to practical cases, about putting the Steering Wheel to use for everyday tasks.