Solid Edge Assembly Techniques

Updated: Mar 25, 2019

When you do the same thing day-in and day-out, you seem to find little shortcuts to make things even easier. I covered this in my last blog article about Solid Edge Quicksheets. The same hold true for assembly techniques in Solid Edge. There are features that I use to make the monotony of assembling complex assemblies just a little bit more bearable. If there is one thing that I cannot stand in ANYTHING I do, it's doing the same thing over and over, and over, and over, and.......(see what I done there). Not to put down someone who works assembly lines, but I appreciate you, because I could never do the same tasks over and over!

With that said, sometimes, it's just unavoidable. For instance, putting many fasteners in an assembly to make it complete and correct. I have no way around that, but I can make it faster for you with the below techniques that I use on a daily basis.

Capture Fit

I wanted to lead off with my ALL-TIME favorite technique. When I use other CAD programs (I'm looking at you Solid Works), I get beyond FRUSTRATED that I can't save mates as easy as I can in Solid Edge. Solid Edge has a feature that captures any mate(s) of a mated part that I want. I can store those to the part so that ANY time that part is used, I ONLY have to click on the necessary planes and entities in the new assembly, nothing on the source part....