Poll: Prioritize the Discussion

I’m a little bit overwhelmed with the discussion. I was hoping that participation would be lively, but frankly, I thought I would have to spend more time getting established. Right now my biggest challenge with the blog is how to sort through and prioritize all the questions coming in. It’s a great problem to have. I had put together a tentative agenda before the blog went public, but what readers are interested in trumps my agenda. So, I’d like some help prioritizing the discussion. Thanks to everybody who has suggested a topic. I’ve tried to pull them all together into this list. They aren’t in any particular order other than how I found them in the comments and on the Topic Ideas page. I think all the topics are interesting, and in many cases, I would be learning a lot just by researching and writing the post.

So, if you would, please take a minute and look through these topics and see which ones you like best. Pick the top 3. If you have an idea that didn’t make the list for some reason, leave a comment, and I’ll put it on there. Best to get those ideas in early, though, so you don’t miss out on early voters.

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Updated: April 13, 2012 — 6:05 pm


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  1. Nice problem to have…..pity I could only pick 3.

    As an independant I look after *everything*. I need to know about practical admin, performance issues, the program’s capability to produce real work etc. Because I only have so much time to spread around the more direct and honest you can be with your appraisal mission here the more likely it is to influence my decision making. Probe the corners for rust and check out the CV joints and I will be happy. Comment on the lustre of the paint or the seat fabric and it doesnt have much worth.

    Moving over to SE would be a significant undertaking for me. I must have truthful info and not the guff a salesman would have me believe. The more raw info about life with SE you can give me the better. I’m interested in the benefits and the gotchas not to show up SE or SW but so I can step from one ladder to the other with minimal danger.

    Whatever you choose to cover just dont make it superficial. ;)



  2. I look forward to all these topics, no worries from me the order you choose.


    PS I guess External References & File Management might be able to be discussed in one post, just sayin’ :-)



  3. Solid Edge tools for automated parts (kbe, design table, configurations, etc.)


    as much of this as possible please. incl. user defined features if the se has them (like nx). that might be the KBE though.

    also, as JT is supposed to be a container, is there any way to destinguisg between a part and an asm quickly (e.g. not watching every preview or browsing through file names)?

  4. Hi Matt,

    A few years back we used SolidWorks with Workgroup PDM (the older one that changed name). For our team of about 20 it was very good. With a few custom scripts and a simple Windows XP computer being the server it adressed all our needs.

    But there were a few well-known and documented problems and they became more and more annoying over the years as the product NEVER got any improvement after they added Enterprise PDM (bought Conisio). Enterprise was not what our team needed. Workgroup PDM was exactly the product to fullfill our needs and it was very frustrating to see SW force Enterprise on us.

    What are the choices with Solid Edge? I don’t think the same PDM system can be used by all sizes of companies, maybe I’m wrong.

    1. Hello Marc,

      There are currently 3 products from Siemens PLM.

      1. Insight

      It comes free with Solid Edge and it runs on SharePoint and SQL Server. We have been using it for about 4 years now and it is relatively good for a single site and small CAD office.

      2. Teancenter Express

      Runs on SQL Server, support multi site and multi-CAD formats. More ideal for medium size businesses and you pay per user.

      3. Teamcenter

      Runs on SQL Server or Oracle. This is more for the big guys.

      There are other third party products as well, maybe someone else can name a few. Rumour has it that there is a new Insight XT on the way. It wouldn’t be free but will have some added capability.



      1. Theodore, you are absolutely correct!

        My advice would be to just wait a couple of months for ST5 and you’ll have some new stuff regarding Solid Edge data management.

      2. Do not forget revision manager. It is not PDM but it is a very useful file management tool.

      3. Note: Insight comes free with Solidedge.

  5. Matt,

    Here’s a very specific questions regarding Solid Edge assembly techniques. I do primarily bicycle frame design and as such I have to do a lot of complex miter cuts on formed aluminum tubes. Ideally these miter cuts would only be present at the assembly level and not at the part level.

    Unfortunately, Solidworks does not have a lot of assembly cuts. The most helpful to me would be cut with surface. I know this is available at the part level but it’s not available at the assembly level.

    If I create a cut with surface in context at the part level I have to create a configuration every time I use a specific tube and I have to allow in context references for multiple assemblies. Far from ideal. Currently I’m using a technique where the formed tube is a parent part and I create a new part with in context references that is using this parent geometry as the starting point. This way I only have in context references to 1 assembly but now I end up with a lot of parts.

    I guess the question for Solid Edge is, given Sync tech can you use all the tools at both the assembly and the part level? As such I would be able to easily create assembly cuts that would only be present at the assembly level, not propagate to the part level. Hope this makes sense to you.

    1. Mark,

      We haven’t gotten to that point yet. Assemblies and equivalent techniques that we’ve used in SolidWorks are a great thing to explore. Looking forward to learning about that too.

      1. Mark

        Proposed solutions,

        1- For regular operations like extrude cut, revolve cut, Hole  you could used assembly feature.

        Solid Edge has two type of assembly feature;


        1. •  The one at the top will be see at the assembly level only
        2. •  The second one will affect the part at the part level..

        2 – For other specific cases use the assembly incontext modeling technique, where you can reference other component of the assembly and do a boolean operation. Then at the part  level create the uncut version using FOP

        This will be similar to SW part configuration. If you can share those three tubes i could take a look at it maybe the way we doing this is easier. solid_dna@yahoo.ca 

        3 Beta – Not finish writing :-) that i might have a solution that involve the frame desing. Please send something that i can play with. If this sound good i will be back to you.

    2. Mark,

      What do you need to trim the various members to – I would assume each other. In Solid Edge the “Frame” environment is the perfect fit for this. Is there a reason you don’t use the frame stuff in Solidworks? I remember they moved it to Part I think and maybe some BOM issues — not really sure. Why don’t you use Frame in SolidWorks to do this? That might help focus this when Matt get’s to it…

      1. Hi Dan,

        The tubes do need to be mitered to each other. The thing that is problematic is the fact that these tubes are typically heavily manipulated, either through press-forming, air-forming, or fluid forming. The resulting shapes do not lend themselves to using the weldment tools inside SolidWorks. It assume it’s great for structural (prismatic) members and such, but not so much for the work that I do.

        Included is a screenshot of a very typical top tube/down tube/head tube intersection. The head tube intersection can easily be created with a cut revolve (This is available at the assembly level). The top tube/down tube intersection however is not very easy to create if an extruded cut and a cut revolve are the only two cutting features available at the assembly level.

        this is a miter cut that I create at the part level using cut with surface.

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