Solid Edge Productivity Tip – Drag models into shape without any commands

You can create 3D models from sketches, or you can modify 3D parts or assemblies quickly with the steering wheel. This high-performance handle is an integral component of synchronous technology and it’s easy to use.
Here’s how to get started.

Let’s start by turning 2D sketches into 3D models. Use the sketching tools to draw a closed region (a circle or square). Then, select the 2D region and a “steering wheel” handle will display. Grab either arrow and drag it to form a 3D model.

To create a
revolved feature from a sketch, drag the sphere on the steering wheel to any
linear element, and then drag its torus to create a revolved part.


This same method can be used to convert imported 2D sketches into 3D models. You
also can extrude or revolve multiple regions with a fence select, Shift+click
or Ctrl+click.

You can
modify native or imported 3D parts with the steering wheel. Open a part
(“Frame3.par” located in your Solid Edge ST4Training folder is a
good example) and select a face; the steering wheel will display. Drag the
arrow to move the face, or enter a dimensional value.

Faces can
also be rotated by dragging the steering wheel sphere to a linear element. The
steering wheel will change to display a rotation wheel; drag it to change the
angle of the face.


Move or rotate multiple faces with a fence select,
Shift+click or Ctrl+click, or duplicate 3D geometry by pressing the Ctrl key
before you select the steering wheel axis.

The steering
wheel can also be used to manipulate parts in an assembly. While in an
assembly, simply select a component and the steering wheel will display handles
for moving or rotating components. Remember, you can press the Ctrl key before
clicking the axis to duplicate parts.

synchronous technology, you can make fast, flexible edits without knowing how a
model was constructed. Next time I’ll give you a few pointers on making precise
changes with 3D driving dimensions.

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