Watch this video; tell me if these features wouldn't be awesome in SolidWorks? Time to catch up Dassault!
Multi CAD: Editing Imported 3D Data in Solid Edge - YouTube
Very impressive functionality. I'd be curious to see if and how the modified parts absorb changes from the parts made in other CAD systems.
Even the new Solidworks X cloud cannot do that.
And the original post was 5 years ago...
My guess is it doesn't since there is no history. The hole change to a different type was the only thing that added history.
Still, impressive direct editing ability...fast and fairly smart......probably added because Siemens killed off its chances of becoming great so few use the software and their user base probably has to deal with cad files from other systems a lot.
Some cool features. I suggest sending them the video.
Channeling Matt Lombard....he's the Solid Edge guru and once advocate.
Yeah, Synchronous Technology. History free editing. It's direct edit on steroids. Really a beautiful thing. I curse history-based stuff daily.
That is an old video, but I don't think any of the changes involved any history at all.
Think of it this way: the selection is the feature. So if you select a face, it's going to edit that face. If you select a number of faces, it will edit them all, regardless if they were created at the same time or not. There seemed to be a little "demo magic" in the video. They seemed to imply that selecting a face will bring up a dimension automatically, but that only applies to cylindrical faces, I think. You can apply dimensions directly to the 3D model and make changes.
And the hole type thing - Solid Edge was able to add properties to faces of a model that SW users would consider "dumb data", so things like a fillet or a hole or a pattern could be identified and even changed easily, without putting the features in any order. Really brilliant. I was daily astounded that SE was not kicking SW's can.
Plus there was a set of rules originally called "Live Rules", but they changed the name to "Design Intent". The rules governed the kind of things that sketch relations generally govern - parallel, perpendicular, vertical, etc. And you can turn them on or off on the fly.
You can kind of see why I loved that stuff so much, especially for prismatic parts. You had to make the jump to NX to get Synchronous for complex geometry.
Here is an even older video looking at simpler parts to get an idea of the basic functionality
Solid Edge ST Intro 1 of 2 - YouTube
Solid Edge ST Intro 2 of 2 - YouTube
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