Friday, August 15, 2014

Solid Edge Replace Part Options

If you are not familiar with the Solid Edge Replace Part command, it is an Assembly based command used to do what the name implies… replace a part or sub-assembly with another part or sub-assembly.
In past releases of Solid Edge, the Replace Part command was a solo act that had the ability of replacing a single part or sub-assembly occurrence or all occurrences of that selection with a user specified replacement part or sub-assembly that already existed.
With the release of Solid Edge ST5 and subsequent releases, the Replace Part command was actually expanded into 4 different Replace Part commands, each with their own specific capabilities.



Replace Part

Replace Part is similar to the previous Replace Part command in that it is used to replace a part with one that has already been created, however it was expanded to allow not only the selection of a single occurrence or all occurrences of the selection, but also allows a user to select different parts and/or specified number of occurrences of those selections to replace, however they will all be replaced with a single existing part or sub-assembly that you select.  Once the selection is accepted, you are presented with a Browse dialog used to locate the existing file to be used as the replacement.



Replace Part with Standard Part

Replace Part with Standard Part is a new option that allows replacement of selected parts with a part out of the Standard Parts library.  What makes this unique is that it invokes the Standard Parts selection dialog used to browse the Standard Parts Library.  NOTE: The Standard Parts Library is an optional component that is not installed by default.

Replace Part with New Part

Replace Part with New Part is a new option that allows replacement of selected parts with a part that does not yet exist.  Once the selection is accepted, you are presented with a form to select a template, specify a filename and a storage location.  Selecting the Create Part button will create a new part and add it to the assembly in the same location as the part being replaced.  You can then edit it in the context of the Assembly to create whatever geometry you wish.


Replace Part with Copy

Replace Part with Copy is a new option that allows replacement of selected part with a copy of the selection.  Once the selection is accepted, you are presented with a Save As form to save the copied selection to a new file.  Once the Save As form is dismissed, the selected component is replaced with the new copy.  NOTE:  This is the only Replace command that allows a single part to be replaced, however it will still allow single, multiple, and all occurrences of that part to be replaced with a copy of it.

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