When designing something new, many engineers start by laying out conceptual designs and ideas in 2D. Solid Edge makes it easy, allowing you to quickly and easily lay out virtual parts and subassemblies into a 2D layout sketch. Components can come from a pre-populated list of commonly used parts and subassemblies, or new component names can be entered on the fly. The Virtual Structure Editor allows you to build a virtual list of parts and subassemblies needed for a new design. Virtual assemblies in Solid Edge may also include some real 3D models in conjunction with sketch elements.