Ed, I didn't bother to mention it, but my "other" CAD experience is with a package to layout PCB's. That PCB software will export a drawing as a DXF... but I can't get anything to read it (Solid Edge won't open those files either)! I had previously used that software to make simple panels, but I could not share the results with anyone so it was worthless for that use. That is what made me search out a new CAD package that will export to DXF, etc. Thanks for the encouragement! I will be posting more questions! Tim Ed Kadlec wrote: > Hi Tim, > > Hang in there. You will get it. I went through the same learning pains you are going > through but it is worth it. Once it clicks for you it will be a breeze to create > drawings like your front panel. It took me only a few weeks to get fairly comfortable > with Solid Edge 2D and I have no mechanical CAD experience to speak of, only electrical > CAD. Did you go through the tutorial? That is what got me started. From there I > played around with it and asked questions on this forum like you are doing. There > are some very knowledgeable people on this forum so keep asking questions. Good > luck. > > Ed > > Tim wrote: >> Rick, >> >> I'm sorry about my wandering topics. I probably should have created >> different threads for each question. >> >> I have a laundry list of problems mainly due to my lack of understanding >> of any kind of real CAD software. >> >> I am transitioning from stuff like Microsoft VISIO, etc. I have >> extensively used a free software from Front Panel Express called Front >> Panel Designer. In FPD, I create a series of holes, lines, text, etc., >> give them specific X-Y dims, select them all and choose "group" from a >> pop up menu. This makes the elements "rigid" and I can choose any of the >> elements or the physical center of the group as a "grab" point for >> positioning, etc. A group there is not a group here and this threw me. >> >> I have worked past the symmetry issue but I have other issues as well. I >> have finally created a rigid set and that has pretty much solved my >> problems - I am creating a panel that has sets of holes in it that need >> to be centered vertically but not horizontally - there are two sets of >> these holes at certain X dims. >> >> Another stumbling point was rotating a pair of holes around a larger >> hole. I attached a not-yet-complete sample of the panel so you can see >> what I'm talking about. I know this would be an easy exercise for most >> CAD operators! >> >> Thanks again for your time and effort! >> >> Tim >> >> Rick B. wrote: >>> Tim, >
Tim, I believe that a lot of your frustration is comming from your previous CAD experience. You need to retrain your self to think ASSOCIATIVE. Solid Edge is an associative system and is much easier to use if you think that way. When placing geometry you do not have to worry as much with placing it with the exact size or in the exact location. Use dimensions and constraints to move the geometry around for you. Regards, Rick B.