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What are the major working modes in ST6 ?

What are the major working modes in ST6 ?

 

I know there are at least synchronous and ordered. In a nutshell in what are they different ?

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Synchrous allows direct editing of the model body with no...

Synchrous allows direct editing of the model body with no history between operations.  It has Live Rules which will dynamically apply relationships to geometry when editing for those typical logical relationships one would assume.

 

Ordered is your typical history based environment where a "recipe" is built and dependencies are rquired (Plane -> Sketch -> geometry... repeat).


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Ken

Production: ST9 MP7
Testing: ST10

Ordered is like a history-based modeler, where each sketc...

Ordered is like a history-based modeler, where each sketch and feature creates an entry in a list of order-dependent, parent-child type relationships. To edit a feature, you have to go back and change options, settings, dimensions, or sketches within the overall definition of a feature. With Ordered you use sketches and features to build "design intent" - how you want the model to react to change. Synchronous enables you to control the model geometry directly with dimensions and relationships, and other tools. With Synch, you determine design intent at the time of the change.

 

Solid Edge uses both because each method on its own has limitations. There are things you can do with Synch that can't be done easily with ordered, but synch also has some limitations which are handled nicely in ordered, such as certain topography changes.

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Re: Synchrous allows direct editing of the model body with no...

Is it possible to start building your part in synchronous and later change to ordered ? or you have to start in the preferred mode ?

Re: Synchrous allows direct editing of the model body with no...

You can start in Ordered and move to Synchronous, but you cannot go the other way... However, you can start your model in Synchronous and then add Ordered features to it for a hybrid approach. This works well in a lot of situations and is often desirable.

Thanks,
Ken

Production: ST9 MP7
Testing: ST10