This video demonstrates how to bring in non-native CAD files into Solid Edge and then, taking it a step further, shows you how you can use surfacing tools available in Solid Edge.
Our first step is to open up a Step file. Solid Edge can open up files from Pro/e, SolidWorks, Catia or many other CAD file types. First thing we want to do is edit the visibility and isolate the surface that we'd like to work with.
Because different CAD systems create CAD geometry differently, we're going to use this optimized tool and optimize it specifically for Solid Edge. Whenever you're doing surfacing, it's recommended that you work in the ordered environment, so we make that transition at this point.
Any time that you bring in CAD data from a different system, you lose that history of how your part file is created. We’ll start recreating that history in our pathfinder. We start off using the redefine tool and that recreates the sketches and the curves and creates a redefined surface.
We also have the option to place additional cross-section sketches along the part if we’d like. First, we get rid of the surface. We keep the redefined curves and sketches that we were able to create from the data that we brought into Solid Edge. We turn off the original part file and we use a tool called Blue Surf to create a new surface.
In the final stretch we use guiding curves to help us finish off our part. We place a couple of sketches along our surface and turn on the what's called control points. We use control points to further edit our surface.
Now we have the ability to just click to select one of these control points and then we just drag our mouse to manipulate the surface. Using control points e can also use smart dimensioning, so we select a couple of these control points and now we have the option and the ability to control and dimension our surface using the control points.