This is one of those things I’m wondering about. In SolidWorks, I’ve written pages and pages talking about potential best practice approaches. It really gets tiring. And then I argue that in Solid Edge, you don’t have to worry about best practice. But then I heard Matt Johnson was presenting at his Ohio user group on Solid Edge best practice. It’s really hard not being an expert.
I can understand that ordered modeling in Edge requires best practice in the same way that Works does. But what happens in Synchronous modeling? My feeling is that the model is its own best practice. As long as the geometry is correct, and free of “funk”, it doesn’t matter how you got there. The only things that are going to hinder ST from working are “funk” in the model, like small vestigial faces, unintended non-tangencies, or faces that might have been knocked out of square accidentally.
Making the jump from a system where the rules are so rigid, and you spend literally years understanding them and writing them, it’s hard to just totally give up on best practice and suddenly say its ok to do “hack and whack” modeling. I’ve spent years developing senses as a “CAD snob”, and now I have to give up that sense of superiority.
I’ve spent most of last week talking with a guy who just can’t let go of all that over on the Dezignstuff blog. I get the sense that this is going to be a common argument. Guys who used to go to work every day in a starched white shirt, red tie, and blue blazer are going to have difficulty just going in jeans and a t-shirt. Whatever gets the job done is correct. That’s a hard pill for CAD snobs to accept. I know, it’s one I’ve been wrestling with myself, and I can see I’m not the only one.