Learn Synchronous Technology at Your Own Pace ("On the Edge" Solid Edge Tutorial)

7 Jul, 2009 By: Russell Brook

Choose the proper template in Solid Edge to complete existing designs in the mode they began as you transition to Synchronous Technology.

Editor's Note: This tutorial courtesy of Siemens PLM Software.

Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology provides a fast and flexible design alternative to traditional history-based CAD systems and allows precise dimension-driven control and design automation not found in explicit modelers. But if you are working on designs started in earlier versions of Solid Edge you probably have Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology loaded with traditional templates to finish those projects. If you are working in traditional mode but want to try out Synchronous Technology, you can. This will allow you to complete existing designs in the mode they began and move to Synchronous Technology at your own pace.

Whether you design using traditional or synchronous techniques, Solid Edge is a single system. The mode you work in is controlled by the template you choose. There are some subtle changes to the user interface, which automatically change accordingly. Solid Edge also allows you to mix and match synchronous and traditional designs. For example, you could add a traditional assembly that contains synchronous parts or vice versa. Edit a part inside of your assembly and Solid Edge will automatically continue in the mode the part was originally designed.

To stop confusion, Solid Edge is set up to work in synchronous or traditional mode during installation, but by tweaking your system preferences you can have access to both types of templates, allowing you to choose the best modeling method to suit your task. Here's how:

  1. With Solid Edge running, click on the Application button (1) in the top left hand corner. Then choose Solid Edge options (2).
    To begin, start by clicking on the Solid Edge Options button.
    • Tip: On a side note, there is an option to Auto Save your documents at certain time intervals if you wish.
      Select which interval you want to Auto Save your document.
      • To change your template type, first choose the User Profile (3) option.
      • Under User Type combo box (4), there is a drop-down combo box that allows you to set your system templates to Traditional Only, Synchronous Only, or Traditional and Synchronous. Select the latter option and close the Options dialog by clicking on the OK button.

        Selecting the User Profile option will allow you to change your template type.

        Notice you now have access to all template types on the start-up screen and also the new File dialogue box.

        Set your system templates to Traditional Only, Synchronous Only, or Traditional and Synchronous.

        Synchronous Technology is an exciting new concept, but it is a brand new way of working, so existing customers may prefer to continue to complete existing designs using familiar traditional history-based design concepts while experimenting with Synchronous Technology before adopting it fully.

        Here is a direct link to view a short movie showing this tutorial, you can also watch more tips and tricks videos here. To learn more about Solid Edge and the Velocity Series visit us at or call your local Channel Partner.

        See you On the Edge next time.


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