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What is the biggest time-saving trick you wish you'd have learnt earlier on Solid Edge?

Pioneer
Pioneer

A different kind of discussion, in a bid to always be growing and more productive, what are the most time-saving things you discovered with Solid Edge you wish you knew earlier that you can share with the community we might not know?

 

I'll keep it a wide open question - so any environment, any model type, any function or command - just the one that has saved you the most time overall.

 

I'll award the "accepted solution" to whichever answer has the most kudos after a week.

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Re: What is the biggest time-saving trick you wish you'd have learnt earlier on Solid Edge?

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom

Ctrl+Q = Show Hide Prev level when IPA.

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Matt Johnson
Solid Edge Certified Professional (ST7 & ST8)
Solid Edge ST9 (SEEC) - Production
NX11 (Tc Integration) Pre-Production Testing
Teamcenter 10.1.7

Re: What is the biggest time-saving trick you wish you'd have learnt earlier on Solid Edge?

Genius
Genius

When inserting a cylindical part (bolt) into a hole in another part, use Flashfit and select the relevant edge of both parts and both Axial Align and Planar Align will be created automatically. You can edit the Planar Align to apply an offset, if required.

585 ST10 Win 7

Re: What is the biggest time-saving trick you wish you'd have learnt earlier on Solid Edge?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Hi @User_Error

 

 

 

using the Steering Wheel in assembly for moving/copying a part to a new position with automatic creation of proper relations!

 



regards
Wolfgang

Re: What is the biggest time-saving trick you wish you'd have learnt earlier on Solid Edge?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Using the Right Mouse Button to accept selection sets, move to the Next step in a command and Finish a command.  Prevents having to keep running the mouse up to the command bar to click a checkmark, Next button, or Finish button all the time.



Ken
Production: ST10 MP7, Testing: SE 2019
http://Grundey.blogspot.com

Re: What is the biggest time-saving trick you wish you'd have learnt earlier on Solid Edge?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Use the SHIFT, CTRL, ALT keys in conjunction with the Right Mouse Button for view tools.

SHIFT+RMB drag = Rotate

CTRL+RMB drag = Dynamic Zoom

SHIFT+CTRL+RMB drag = Pan

ALT+RMB drag = Zoom Window

ALT+RMB click = Fit View

 

There are also alternatives using the Middle Mouse Button/Wheel:

MMB drag = Rotate

MMB wheel scroll = Dynamic Zoom

SHIFT+MMB drag = Pan

ALT+MMB drag = Zoom Window

MMB double click = Fit View

 

 



Ken
Production: ST10 MP7, Testing: SE 2019
http://Grundey.blogspot.com

Re: What is the biggest time-saving trick you wish you'd have learnt earlier on Solid Edge?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Standard View keyboard shortcuts:

CTRL+I = Iso

CTRL+T = Top

CTRL+F = Front

CTRL+R = Right

CTRL+L = Left

CTRL+B = Back



Ken
Production: ST10 MP7, Testing: SE 2019
http://Grundey.blogspot.com

Re: What is the biggest time-saving trick you wish you'd have learnt earlier on Solid Edge?

Phenom
Phenom

Doing a save as on a completed drawings, renaming it to the filename of a similarly constructed part(preferrably also created using "save as") and then editing the links, pointing it to the new part, and then updating. If done right this will save much time dealing with drawings. These will normally just need the drawing views updated and won't need to reattach dimensions.

ST9
Windows 7 Professional
Nvidia K2200 & Intel Xeon
"You're doing it wrong"

Re: What is the biggest time-saving trick you wish you'd have learnt earlier on Solid Edge?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Line commands use of a keyboard shortcut of "A" to switch to Arc mid command after anchoring a line and autoswitching back to a line after anchoring the arc makes drawing profiles fast.



Ken
Production: ST10 MP7, Testing: SE 2019
http://Grundey.blogspot.com

Re: What is the biggest time-saving trick you wish you'd have learnt earlier on Solid Edge?

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom

Adding "[document number]" in front of "[Filename]" in the document name formula under Solid Edge Options/Helpers.  It shows the part numbers of my components in the assembly tree.

 

Kyle

Kyle Joiner
IPA LLC
ST10 MP1