Re: Solid Edge or Solid Works on 3D

No such thing. Either will most likely work fine, but YOU need to evaluate
both of them to see which fits YOUR needs. The newsgroup can't do this for
you, but since your asking, I'll tell you... Solid Edge. UGS has their
focus solely on engineering (unlike Autodesk), they own the component
technology that is used inside both Solid Edge and SolidWorks (Parasolid,
D-cubed), and their support group is top notch (get to talk to real, live,
UGS support engineers immediately). Not to mention, Solid Edge is a great
product.
Ken
Please tell me which of this products is beter in 3D designe.
> Which is more efficient and works better.
> What is theirs adventages and disadventages.
> Which is better and why ?
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ken
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UGS focus is PLM. Unigraphics NX is proof of that. Also it appears their support is going the way of using VARs now more too as they push their PLM focus into Solidedge/works territory.
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Jason
What exactly do you think PLM is? Look at UGS's portfolio of products. With the exception of Teamcenter Enterprise (which is the high-end data management product of the Teamcenter products and extends beyond Engineering to the entire enterprise), everything else screams "Engineering" or is component technology for an engineering product. UGS has always used VARs to service/sell Solid Edge and still maintained an internal support group for customers, what is changing is those VAR's (and more of them in the future to support more sales/customers) will have expanded product offerings available that they didn't have before. For instance, if a customer needs a high-end seat of CAD, instead of walking away since they only had Solid Edge, they can now offer NX. And the beauty of that is, they generally only need a seat or two of NX, and Solid Edge can supplement the rest of their needs. Both can associatively use each others files, and both are tightly integrated into Teamcenter Express, Engineering or Enterprise.
I'm not sure what you meant by "UGS focus is PLM. Unigraphics NX is proof of that.". NX is a high end modeling system that supports a variety of different engineering disciplines, not just product/machine design, and it also has modules for CAE and CAM.
Ken
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ken
I use SolidWorks, and recently had a Solid Edge demo. Its a pretty nice looking product. If I was making the purchasing decision for our company, I would take a serious look at it. One of the things that stood out for me was the integrated file management addin. It uses MS Sharepoint technology. Another feature I liked was the way it handled large drawings. It converts the solid model to 2d lines so you can edit your drawing faster. This is similiar to "detached drawing" in SolidWorks, but it looks like it works much better.
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SW Monkey
I'm nore talking about UG than Solidedge. Solidedge has always been a very good simliar alternative to Solidworks. UG, while powerful, does little to make the product easy to use nor has the tools that are commonly available in "lesser" cad packages. Hence my comment about their focus on PLM. Last time met with our UG rep, he was more interested in selling teamcenter than hearing about what UG needs to be better.
Anyway, Solidedge is not quite the same in this regard but it has seemed to get the short end of the stick at UGS as far as marketing goes. Maybe this recent annoucement will change things. Competition between them is a good thing.
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Jason
Actually, all of UGS got the short end of the stick when it came to marketing. During the EDS years, EDS handled the marketing, and all that they marketed was EDS. Fine if you sell a service, but terrible if you sell a product. Now that EDS is out of the picture, UGS and the various products should see some significant "air-time". I know what you are saying about NX though, If you aren't GM or Ford, who are you? :)
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Ken
I've been using SE off and on for a year and change. I still find it awkward. As long as you go with the flow it is great. But get off the path and you are in the ditch.
There are some nice features in it, but SW has a pretty good track record of taking the nice stuff from SE and improving on it.
Stability wise it seems to favor the experienced user. Novices seem to make it crash alot. And people with happy hands won't like it.
The whole drawing thing is one area where it does do well. Equations is another area.
SW M> I use SolidWorks, and recently had a Solid Edge demo. Its a pretty
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TOP
Still using the 2 year old version of Solid Edge (V14, current version is V18)?
I have still not figured out what you were talking about regarding the smartstep ribbon bar not allowing edits to previous feature creation steps. I am able to edit any previous step of any feature I create. Perhaps you could give me an example feature and step that is un-editable?
What's the deal with equations?
Ken
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Ken
Version 15.
Let's see. Edit a part while in an assembly and try to get back to assembly mode. The only way I could figure it out was to close and reopen the assembly.
When placing a part do something that gets you out of the place enviroment and try to get back in.
Click on zoom to area. No easy way I can see to get back to what you were doing on the ribbon bar..
Toolbars run off the window when the tutorial comes up. Can't get at zoom, etc. without resorting to the menu.
Intellisketch is buried in a menu. It should be in a right mouse menu.
Setting up a drawing takes a visit to four different places. File Properties for units, Sheet setup, Tools/Options/Drawing Standards, and Format/Style.
The way you set up a GDT box is awkward and not wysiwyg. Yes you can save favorites but it harks back to type it in on the command line which some may find awkward.
On the other hand, SE does a much better job of SW at setting up section views.
SE will place a center mark on a hole in an inclined face.
The pathfinder is pretty unsophisticated compared to SW feature tree. I have yet to find a way to roll back. And getting parts and assemblies to update is something I haven't quite figured out.
Macros require VB and a programmers knowledge. No macro recording like SW.
and then there is SE support. We tried to get SE17 this semester, but they couldn't be bothered to send it on time.
On the plus side, if you can figure out how the flow works and stay inside it sketching and the other tasks can go quite quickly. Pro/E is he same way.
And of course the icons for commands still lack sufficient contrast to really stand out and show whether a button is active or inactive. This is nowhere more evident than in the place environment where one must really take a good look to see which step is being done in a place.
On the other hand, SE has a nice way of letting you first pick the part to be involved in a place (mate) and then pick a face on the part. This makes placing in large assemblies much easier.
The ability to flip the sense of a place (mate) does not seem to exist in SE. Two different mates are used, Mate and Align Face depending on whether planar faces should mate with the outward normals opposing or aligning with each other.
The version of SE I am using has a mate tree system similar to SW circa 1996/7.
They work well. SE is quite superior to SW in the area of equations. This is because SE treats all dimensions as variables. If the dimension has a fixed value then V274=5 for example. But you can just as easily say V274 = 2 * V273 + 1/2*V269. Obviously, dimensions do not seem to be tied to a particular feature as in SW. Instead of D1@Sketch1, SE sequentially numbers all dimensions starting with the letter V. SE also treats other information as the same type of variable so for example one could tie a dimension to Young's modulus or the CLT for the material specified. And SE will display the equation for a dimension with the dimension if so desired. Editing an equation is as simple as double clicking the dimension which replaces the ribbon bar with an Excel like equation editing bar. I didn't find anything like a design table in SE. Perhaps it is there in a newer version.
My conclusion is that SE will demo very well. But when viewing the demo, try to get them to go off the beaten path and change things after the fact or interupt the Smart Step system. Have then do some constructions in the profile editor like a hyperbola or involute. Change a drawing from ANSI inch to ISO and from A to D size and see what is involved. Try dimensioning an isometric view or an oblique view. Have then show you how to quickly automate simple tasks. And above all have them log you into their user group and let you browse around a while.
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TOP
I am familiar with some of the differences you have detailed. Hopefully, Ken will be just as specific in his reply as you have been.
Kman
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Kman
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Ken
Select "Close and Return" from the File menu or hit the ESC key.
Select the part you were attempting to place and on the ribbon bar select the "Edit Definition" button. You now have the original SmartStep ribbon bar that was available when you placed the part initially.
Right click of the mouse exits the Zoom Area command and returns you to the point you were at in the previous command.
Can't help you there. Running 1280x1024 on a 19" LCD with large buttons "on" still shows all my buttons with the tutorials running. Can do the same on a 17" CRT @ 1024x768 with large buttons "off". Depends on how low your resolution is and how small your monitor is. Is this really a Solid Edge problem or a problem with the user's choice in hardware and settings.
Depends on how often you change your settings. I change them very infrequently. You still have the choice of adding a button to the menu or creating a shortcut key for it. Have you logged your preference with UGS as change request?
I don't know how much you change between first and third angle projection or between inch or metric units, but once a template is set up, none of those areas are needed for production drafting. With the exception of Sheet Setup, the rest should be setup in the template used. File property/Units changes the toolbar data entry field units. Tools/Options/Drawing Standards are things like dimension standards, third/first angle projection, how your section line arrows are placed, basicall drawing standards like it says. Format/Style is where you set up dimension/text/hatch styles such as ANSI, ISO, etc... (actually those are premade but can be modified or new ones created.
What he is talking about is the form has an entry line and you click a button with the graphics you desire and it puts in a control code such as "%PO" for the position symbol, but the button you clicked has the position sysmbol on it. In the right preview pane it shows you a dynamic view of the feature control frame that you are placing. Saved feature control frames will reload the control codes back on the entry line and loads the graphical preview. Pretty straight forward.
Rolling back is called "Go to" in SE. Just right click on the feature you want to rollback to and choose "Go To". Parts update automatically by default, so you don't have to click any update command, and assemblies are the same way. If for whatever reason you turned Automatic Update off, you can click the Update All button to force an update. and in a part, right click on any feature and choose Recompute to force exactly that.
This is something I would like to see too.
Can't comment on educational seats and your specific situation. Commercial seats are shipped to US customers rapidly after RTM, and those of use that do testing get it with in a couple of days. Support calls are answered immediately by support engineers who can aswer your questions. When I order Training manuals, I recieve them 2 days after I send the request.
If running on XP, the active buttons are orange just like in Office. Now if that isn't a contrast from gray, I don't know what is!
Your right and wrong. Once a Mate is placed and a Planar Align is needed instead, the Mate can be edited and "flipped" to a Planar Align. A more efficient method would be to use FlashFit which will use the initial orientation and apply the relationship that fits and a TAB can be used to flip it on the fly.
And that means what? What functionality is missing?
I missed the jist of the comment. By the way, the somewhat equivalent to design tables is called Family of Parts and is a tab on the Edgebar.
And above all get training from a certified Solid Edge Training Associate. Some of the answers that I provided on items "TOP" couldn't seem to figure out are basic training issues. Even going through the supplied tutorials would have answered many of these questions. And of course, it also helps to use the current version of software (V18).
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ken
TOP, Ken already responded to your list of issues with SE but I have a suggestion that's probably going to upset you. You need to get your hands around some of the most basic funtionality of SE before you continue teaching it. You're the reason I tell people not to visit newsgroups for opinions of CAD software. Too many people don't know what they're talking about when it comes to criticizing the "other" CAD package.
David
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DLR
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That is not obvious in the interface nor in the help nor in the tutorial where the problem first cropped up.
Again, not obvious. This should be a toggle.
Yes it is an SE problem because SE claims to be Windows compliant in its interface. SW correctly rearranges toolbars if the window is resized. SE has other problems with this as well.
We have no contact with UGS. We are educational and the software was free. That has changed now too.
We use Intellisketch alot because we are doint constructions and sometimes have to disable SE's "brains" so we can do what we need to do without the software interfering.
SW has pretty much all the drawing info set in one place for a document and that which is needed immediately is in the Property Manager. Setting up a Format Style does not appear to be for the faint of heart.
Pretty confusing to a new user. On the other hand I like command line stuff.
Right...SW let's you drag a bar up and down the tree to visually see what you are doing. GoTo is an unfortunate choice of words that really doesn't communicate what is being done. And SW also has the right mouse menu choice to instantly roll back to a specific feature. The functionality is there, but the interface gets in the way.
Update, recompute, update links are terms all used for what SW would call a rebuild. Why this is in a menu and not on the main toolbar remains a mystery to me.
And a big source of user productivity. Judging by the number of posts on comp.cad.solidworks regarding macros and VB this is a big area for a significant number of companies.
Whether it is the schools bureaucracy or UGS I don't know for sure. I do know that in my day job UG people have been extremely lax in getting back to me. In fact it has been months since I sent an inquiry in to the Indianapolis office. And that isn't the first time.
It took a lot of explaining the students about this point. Why change a mate type to flip faces?
This isn't an issue. If I can get a CSWP without taking formal training and yet can't figure out the basics of SE after all this time, well, maybe you are right, add training expense to the cost of the software. Without an open user forum there is little chance to get questions answered.
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TOP
TOP, I apologize for my earlier post criticizing your knowledge of SE. Using both SE and SW would be equivalent to speaking 2 languages and I doubt I would be any good at it. I can't take it back so I'll offer you a couple more tips to help you teach the class. Because you're still on V15 some of these may not work. I can't remember when they were implemented.
- When creating sketches hold down the ALT key to override Intellisketch
- Use the CTRL, SHIFT, & ALT keys in combination with RMB to take care of all your windown maniupulations. This will keep whatever command you're in at the time active and once you get used to this method I doubt you'll ever go back to the toolbar again. CTRL + SHIFT together is required for panning.
- You don't need to change the mate type to flip faces. If you flip a mate relatioship it will be automatically converted to a planar align. If fact any time you choose a mate relationship SE will automatically convert it to a planar align if that is what it should have been.
- Update Links and Update Relationship commands are in the main toolbar. There's no need to go to the menu.
- Almost any tool you need can be added to the toolbars if you want.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY if you are at all serious about improving the efficency of you and your students in the use of SE then visit the newsgroup. If you're teaching it then you should have a Sold To ID that will give you newsgoup access. Whether it should be open to the public is another debate, but if you have access and not using it then you're ignoring one of your best resources.
Again sorry for the criticism, it didn't belong on this newsgroup.
David
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DLR
TOP, what school do you teach Solid Edge at?
Ken
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Ken
TOP, what school do you teach Solid Edge at?
Ken
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Ken
There is an OPEN newsgroup that does not require a webkey account that is specifically set up for educational users. For obvious reasons, I will not post it here, but I will send to TOP directly.
Ken
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Ken
Thanks. I don't want to be unfair to SE and I appreciate the help. Knowing two languages does open the eyes.
Ken sent me info on the student portion of the UGS newsgroup. There wasn't much activity there, but I'll keep it in mind.
There may very well be a Sold to ID somewhere in the bureaucracy, but I don't have it.
I don't just want ot override Intellisketch, sometimes I want to change it's preferences when working in close.
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TOP
David,
I understand this. However, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I am trying not to criticize (at least any more than I do SW).
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TOP
I understand I've wanted that functionality a couple of times also. What I was getting at was that it's much faster to hold down Alt to override intellisketch then apply the desired constraint rather than keep changing the settings in Intellisketch.
David
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DLR

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