Author: John Evans

Solid Edge Frame Design for ST10 Part 2

In Solid Edge Frame Design Part 1, I introduced the Frame design tools and basic creation functionality. In this part I want to look over a bit of the software’s end treatment strategies. Also, I am trying to do these reviews in a somewhat conversational manner. Like I was talking through a video. I’m starting to think just creating videos would be easier. My team is cheering in the background.  In any case, let me know what you think, please. Frame Grouping The whole deal with frame grouping is that the options for end treatments, among others, are fixed...

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Solid Edge Frame Design for ST10 Part 1

Solid Edge Frame Design for ST10 totes the standard array of features needed to layout a typical frame. The interface is consistent with the Solid Edge UI, and while useful, generally requires a bit of training to get the most out of it. I needed to put together a chimney cap using some leftover square tube steel I had. Some funky sheet metal hips would be involved so why not use CAD. I thought I’d crank up Solid Edge Frame Design and see how the features have progressed into ST10. Rather than spend a week pounding out all the...

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AutoCAD Civil 3D INSUNITS Scaling

AutoCAD Civil 3D INSUNITS Scaling problems are becoming evident as pre-2017 drawings are referenced with newer versions. AutoCAD automatically scales incoming blocks and external references (xrefs) to match the receiving drawing, according to their INSUNITS settings. If one is set to Feet and another Inches, the system will scale accordingly. This is generally understood, but can be an occupational hazard. We always verify key distances after an insert or xref is added. Well, almost always. What Went Wrong with AutoCAD Civil 3D INSUNITS Scaling Recently I was involved with a 2016 drawing that went out with INSUNITS = 2 (feet),...

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Solid Edge Cloud Gateway Disconnect

Recently, a few people, including myself, have experienced problems connecting with the Solid Edge Cloud Gateway.  I hoped that posting the solution here would help some folks find the solution faster. Problem – Can’t connect to the Solid Edge Cloud Gateway After using the cloud licensing gateway daily for months with no issues, it suddenly began posting an error. Paraphrased here as, “Solid Edge Cloud Gateway cannot connect to the internet. Please check your connection and firewalls.” What gives? We were undergoing a router change at the same time, so I harassed IT folks here, to no avail. Scott...

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