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Assembly Modeling & Management

Solid Edge helps you quickly and easily create and manage even the largest assemblies, without lags or crashes.

As designs become more complex, the number of parts in an assembly often grows. Solid Edge helps you quickly and easily create and manage even the largest assemblies, without lags or crashes. Create exact representations of all components—including tubes, pipes, wires, weldments, and sheet metal—in a complete digital mockup that allows for more accurate design and analysis. Solid Edge helps you quickly detect and fix clash and interference issues, generate assembly instructions, and conduct customer reviews—reducing the need for costly prototypes.

Solid Edge Assembly Modeling & Management


Create and manage large assemblies without sacrificing performance

Advanced memory management techniques in Solid Edge make it simple to manage assembly modelling. Large assemblies and their associated drawings can be quickly created, loaded, and updated.Simplification of assemblies, definition of assembly zones, and structure-only navigation free up system memory and allow your graphics display to work more efficiently. With assembly modeling in Solid Edge, you can position complex subassemblies within master assemblies, and switch between simplified and detail views at will, without any waiting. Or quickly turn sub-assemblies into standalone parts, creating a placeholder component for improved performance. A high-performance mode for large assemblies, which automatically activates as an assembly grows, improves interactive performance, with gains of up to 10x faster workflows. Assembly preview enables users to enter a preview mode to reduce the amount of data loaded.

Full-color point cloud visualization for assemblies gives you the confidence you need to place new design equipment in any environment, which is especially useful when retrofitting factories or plants.Solid Edge assembly measurement and viewing tools can be used to position and design equipment in the context of the point clouds.

You can design in any way you want with Solid Edge, whether bottom-up (by assembling existing components) or top-down (starting from a conceptual layout or by designing parts to fit into an existing assembly). A suite of assembly modeling commands and tools lets you use either approach associatively or non-associatively. Solid Edge’s unique synchronous technology helps you create and modify assemblies faster, using Boolean functions or simultaneous multi-part edits. When creating or modifying components in Solid Edge, you can work in the context of your assembly, regardless of how your design began.

When modifying existing parts or importing new assemblies, Solid Edge’s assembly modelling tools make it simple to update relationships and constraints.Textual and symbolic representations of assembly components and their relationships, organized in an outline format, make it simple to find, activate, and control their display.

When constructing assemblies, standard or commercially supplied parts, such as nuts and bolts, and subassemblies, must frequently be placed multiple times in a pattern or mirror arrangement.With Solid Edge, you can quickly copy parts and subassemblies into a pattern arrangement. Users may copy and paste internal, external, and learned relationships so newly placed parts get assembled with a minimum number of clicks. Internal occurrences of parts from subassemblies and the subassemblies themselves can be copy and pasted, along with parts, allowing you to reuse internal components, including constraints. Solid Edge also supports a lightweight mode for locating inactive components.Furthermore, with available part libraries, you can quickly find and place commonly used parts that meet your company’s standards.

Process-specific applications in solid Edge help to speed up the creation of rigid frame structures and weldments. Structured workflows and embedded engineering process knowledge help you design frames and weldments much faster than general-purpose CAD modelling tools.Solid Edge frames and weldments are fully associative with Solid Edge assembly, part modeling and drafting capabilities. And Solid Edge allows you to automatically create a parts list that includes cut lengths for each component, customizable for downstream viewers in manufacturing or purchasing.

After importing files, there is no need to access external data. Solid Edge’s internal components workflow automatically embeds component information from imported files into the Pathfinder, putting the data directly in an assembly in seconds.Internal component structures are converted to traditional file structures. When dragging components, assembly manipulation retains both internal and external references. Templates for part, sheet metal, and assembly files aid in publication. Solid Edge supports the import of x_t (Parasolid), STEP, JT and IFC data formats.

With full photo-realistic rendering, including graphical light placement, soft shadows, and reflections, Solid Edge helps bring designs to life. With powerful explode tools, realistic motion simulations can be created, saved as movies, and shared. A sophisticated time-line assists designers in determining the exact sequence of operations that shows when motors start, shafts rotate, parts fade, and explosions occur.

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