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SolidWorks Virtual parts, Similar command?

Pioneer
Pioneer

One very useful feature Solidworks was the ability to create "virtual" parts and assemblies within in an assembly. The way this worked, when working in a top level, I could create a new "virtual" part ( or assembly) and it only resided within the assembly that it was created in. It would not create a new part (or assembly) file on the drive until I purposely exported that file to my hard drive.
This would allow me to create new parts, without using up new part numbers, when im not sure I want to create the part. This feature has many other useful use cases.
Does anything like this reside within Solid Edge yet?

 

A video for those unfamiliar to the feature

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtalnHoCMLc

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Betreff: SolidWorks Virtual parts, Similar command?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Hi @buckinghamd 

 

 

You will find "Virtual Components" in Solid Edge too (search from within an assembly) but I'm not absolutely confident, wether this is the same as in SW.

 

 

regards
Wolfgang

Re: SolidWorks Virtual parts, Similar command?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

@buckinghamd Solid Edge has something similar called Virtual Components.  It is invoked by the Component Structure Editor on the Tools tab of Assembly.  Have not used them for anything and have not investigated them in depth to know much about them, but the workflow is that you can create layout sketches, assign the sketches to the appropriate Virtual Component, and then when ready you can Publish the Virtual Components out to real files and thus replacing the Virtual Component with the new real one.



Ken
Production: SE 2019 MP5, Testing: SE 2020
http://Grundey.blogspot.com

Re: SolidWorks Virtual parts, Similar command?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

@buckinghamd What is your use case for these?  May be a better suggestion depending on what your desired outcome is...



Ken
Production: SE 2019 MP5, Testing: SE 2020
http://Grundey.blogspot.com

Re: SolidWorks Virtual parts, Similar command?

Pioneer
Pioneer

One of the use cases is the ability to create a copy of a part within an assembly without actually creating a new part. We use Teamcenter, so every new part needs to be uploaded to the server. If the part file was virtual, and not a real file, I could create a "copy" within an assembly and make changes as needed. Then when I am ready, I could then save the file out to a real part number. 

 

Another case, Parts that do not have a definite shape. Like an o-ring that fits in an oddly shaped groove

Re: SolidWorks Virtual parts, Similar command?

Pioneer
Pioneer

Im playing with this now, and it doesnt seem to do much. I can only modify the structure of the tree. It doesnt seem to pull in the acutall parts to allow me to add them to the assembly. 2019-05-21 13_31_51-Window.png

 

Re: SolidWorks Virtual parts, Similar command?

Legend
Legend

Hi,

 

Take a look at:

 

https://youtu.be/LlPsaGG7ti0

 

Many thanks to the user who made the presentation on youtube.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Jan Bos

Emmen, The Netherlands

 

Re: SolidWorks Virtual parts, Similar command?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

@buckinghamd For parts you are not going to model like o-rings, paint, sealant, etc..., you can create a part file to represent it without graphics and can add that to your assy.  See non-graphic parts in assembly:  https://docs.plm.automation.siemens.com/tdoc/se/2019/se_help/#uid:ngrphc1a

 

As for the mirrored part, if it will eventually end up in TC, then why not create it in TC up front?

 



Ken
Production: SE 2019 MP5, Testing: SE 2020
http://Grundey.blogspot.com

Re: SolidWorks Virtual parts, Similar command?

Solution Partner Legend Solution Partner Legend
Solution Partner Legend

This one might help understand it too:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTCRYbc2Olo

Re: SolidWorks Virtual parts, Similar command?

Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
Siemens Phenom

From the Solid Edge help...

 

Creating and publishing Virtual Components:

 

http://docs.plm.automation.siemens.com/tdoc/se/2019/se_help#uid:xid1129777:xid1323753:index_assemble...