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 +====== Advice on using Solid Edge together with Rhino from Gary Lucas ======
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 +Learning Solid Edge is much tougher than it needs to be because the
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 +documentation is very poor, and they plan on you paying a VAR to teach you.
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 +Join the Solid Edge newsgroup, a good bunch of people there. ​ However you
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 +can only join if you are a customer and your support is paid up.  So let's
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 +say you wanted to know more about Solid Edge before plunking down 5 grand.
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 +You are just out of luck because you can't ask the real power users that
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 +hang out in newsgroups. ​ The more you look at this kind of crap the more
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 +impressive Rhino'​s value becomes.
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 +I've posted two documents that will help you.  [[http://​wiki.mcneel.com/​_media/​legacy/​en/​Ricks_Rules_Part1.zip|Ricks_Rules_Part 1]] is very
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 +good, there is no part 2, I keep hitting on him to write it.  The [[http://​wiki.mcneel.com/​_media/​legacy/​en/​A_PRIMER_FOR_SOLID_EDGE.zip|Primer for Solid Edge]] I
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 +wrote. ​ It is basically all the stuff I learned the hard way that I simply
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 +couldn'​t find documented anywhere.
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 +**[[http://​wiki.mcneel.com/​_media/​legacy/​en/​Ricks_Rules_Part1.zip|Download Ricks_Rules_Part_1 (.doc-zip)]]**
 +**[[http://​wiki.mcneel.com/​_media/​legacy/​en/​A_PRIMER_FOR_SOLID_EDGE.zip|Download Gary Lucas'​s Primer for Solid Edge (.doc-zip)]]**
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 +I have only exported a few things from Rhino to Solid Edge.  Individual
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 +objects come into Solid Edge as Design Bodies. ​ That means they are like
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 +shrink wrapped, no parametric data, and are not adjustable. ​ A few releases
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 +ago they added editing of Design Bodies so that you can fillet edges, make
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 +holes etc, and use a Design Body as a base that you can add or subtract
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 +from.  So you are kind of out of luck if you want adjustable parts. ​ Solid
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 +edge has surfacing tools now.  However I find them incredibly crude compared
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 +to Rhino'​s tools.
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 +In Solid Edge every part is in a separate file.  Solid edge relies heavily
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 +on the Windows folder format for keeping track of everything. ​ Every part is
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 +ONLY linked into an assembly, unlike Rhino which actually loads a Block
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 +definition. ​ The good news is that the assembly files are very small, and
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 +the likelihood of losing an entire model is very small. ​ The bad news is
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 +that every assembly references your library. ​ In order to send an assembly
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 +to a customer you must use Insight to package all the pieces. ​ Then your
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 +customer must either keep all the parts separate from his library, or put
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 +the parts in the library and relink them.
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 +I would like you to think long and hard about how you organize your parts
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 +library. ​ It seems obvious to have say all PVC elbows in the same folder.
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 +However if you think about the workflow of designing piping you realize that
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 +is a poor way to work.  Better to organize them as: Plumbing\PVC\2\Fittings.
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 +This way when you are piping 2" PVC pipe you go in the library and instantly
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 +have only PVC fittings, in size 2" and all kinds. ​ You stay in that folder
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 +until you are done 2" and then move to another folder for the next material
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 +or size.  Our library is NOT organized this way and I have to constantly
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 +move up and down through folders for every single part!  You must
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 +understand, one a part is named, and placed in a folder it can NEVER be
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 +renamed or moved, or your assembly falls apart.
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 +I have been using Solid Edge for about a year, and studying my ass off to
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 +learn more.  It has paid off in that I am now in charge of solid Edge
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 +administration at our company, despite the fact that the original user has
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 +been using it for 4 years. ​ If I can help you get up to speed quickly please
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 +don't hesitate to email me directly.
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 +
 +Gary H. Lucas
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