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Tips and Tricks from Forum Users #17

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"The pain passes but the beauty remains."

- Auguste Renoir


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For your viewing pleasure, here's another painstakingly crafted set of your own Solid Edge tips and tricks illustrated with images and animations.


Here’s a quick list of the previous compilations:

T&T #01,   T&T #02,   T&T #03,   T&T #04,   T&T #05

T&T #06,   T&T #07,   T&T #08,   T&T #09,   T&T #10

T&T #11,   T&T #12,   T&T #13,   T&T #14,   T&T #15

T&T #16


I have collated hidden tips and tricks from ‘accepted solutions’ on the Solid Edge user forum.

Also due credit is given to respective contributors.


1. I am doing manually exploded views of upper level assemblies and cannot select an entire subassembly within the upper level assembly. I have to go through and select each individual part in the subassembly to explode it. Am I missing something or is there a way around this ?


The Tip: Within the ERA environment the "Bind" command will bind sub assemblies to act as a single unit.


Select the sub-assembly in the pathfinder and click the button for Bind on Home tab, Modify group on the ribbon.




The pathfinder icon for the sub-assembly updates to reflect this.




Now you can select any component of the sub-assembly to move it as a coherent unit.


Contributor: @Johnson_BigMatt


2. Why can I not select any of the reference planes sometimes when trying to constrain parts? Everything is activated, updated and no sick relations. I have closed the assembly and reopened but that didn't help.


The Tip: Make sure you don't have perspective on. To turn off perspective, keep Ctrl+Shift pressed and scroll the mouse wheel down or towards you or on the View toolbar click the Perspective button.




Contributors: @bshand and @SeanCresswell


Hot Tip by @GregLuckett: This is fixed in ST10, so you can select reference planes with perspective applied to the view.


3. How do I get assembly weight in a Draft callout and have it updated automatically?


The Tip: A callout property with  %{Mass|R1}  will do the trick.




Back in the assembly, check ON the box for ‘Update on file save. This will automatically update the mass properties when the assembly is saved and the value in the callout in the Draft when opened will always be correct.




Set your template to update on file save, and just hit save to update the mass.


Contributors: @Jan_Bos@BoatTech and yours sincerely – myself


4. How to tilt a dimension something like in this picture.



The Tip:


  1. Select the dimension.
  2. Right mouse click on it and select Properties.
  3. In the Dimension Properties dialog select the Lines and Coordinate tab.
  4. In the Projection Line section change the Angle field to whatever you want (15°).
  5. Click OK.



Contributors: @hawcad and @KennyG


5. How can I avoid overlapping of balloons when they are auto-created ?


The Tip: This can be done by adjusting the minimum spacing value.




Contributor:  @hawcad


6. When I create Automatic Coordinate Dimensions with the Jog option checked ON on the Command Bar, I still don’t get the jogs ?


The Tip: Make sure under the active dimension style the ‘Enable automatic jogging’ option is checked ON under the Lines and Coordinate tab.



Contributor: @dcstaples


7. I am using the same title block for standard parts and sheet metal parts. In the title block I have the bend radius and K-factor code shown.


%{Bend Radius|R1}

%{Neutral Factor|R1}


This is fine when I have a sheet metal part. When I have a standard part these codes show 'Error: No reference'.




Can I have 'N/A' or '-' show in its place when a sheet metal part is not used ?


The Tip: Yes. Open a Draft and Solid Edge App button -> Settings -> Options -> General -> "Property text editor" -> Show my error: N/A. Apply all changes.



Contributor: @Imics


8. I am trying to open a Parasolid x_t file of an assembly exported from Inventor but it won't open. It appears to be loading for a while and then stops. It stays in the Solid Edge home page where I started. I cannot see the progress bar with the message saying 'Converting parasolid entities...' or anything like that.

What could be the possible cause and how to fix this ?


The Tip: It is important to match the Parasolid versions from the source program and import options in Solid Edge. Possibly the x_t file is not a version that you can import with your current version of Solid Edge.


To verify this quickly, open a Solid Edge assembly, then try saving it as Parasolid x_t. Click the Options… button while in the Save dialog and see what is the latest parasolid versions you can export. It will possibly be something like 13 or 14, maybe even lower.




Then export as that Parasolid version from Inventor.


Contributor: @beachcomber


Siemens Phenom

Another excellent collation of the tips.  Thank you.


Brilliant Tushar - especially No.8 Smiley Wink

Honored Contributor

A "gotcha" to avoid when using tip #3.


I use that method to display weight and other things about an assembly in draft. However, there is no method to repair or edit what R1 is, So here is the way to avoid problems with that.


When you start a drawing, make sure the first view inserted is off the page and never used for anything and never deleted. Then you will always have R1 (First inserted view of model) as a valid reference to calculate the assembly weight.

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@Tushar wrote:


For your viewing pleasure, here's another painstakingly crafted set of your own Solid Edge tips and tricks illustrated with images and animations.



These serve the community at large, in a far better way [IMHO], than the Knowledge Base section does my friend......especially the GIF animations.

Gears Honored Contributor

"A 'gotcha' to avoid when using tip #3"


Hi @12GAGE


I definitely did not oversee your comment in the discussion that this tip originates.

Only now it makes sense with your further clarification.


Along with your comment in the original discussion:

"Also worth note: If you have things in the model you don't want to be part of the weight, occurrence properties can be used to turn weight of objects off."


These together are definitely worth sharing as a great tip in the next installment.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful practical knowledge.


Gears Honored Contributor

@SeanCresswell wrote:

"These serve the community at large, in a far better way [IMHO], than the Knowledge Base section does my friend......especially the GIF animations."


I had sought access to the Knowledge Base couple of years ago but was denied. No regrets.


It gives comfort now to realize that the forum and blog areas have more visibility and contributions made here as you say and I agree could to be more useful to the community. I am happy as a fat spider.

Valued Contributor

For tip no. 4


Select the dimension, then press 'shift'. You will see the dimension tilt in the angle parallel to the line

Let me know if you can do that

Gears Honored Contributor

Nice time-saver tip @Shiv_Madan


Yes, pressing <Shift> creates an aligned dimension


and tip#4 above further shows how to tilt it: