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Synchronous Technolgy – Personal touch

Brief overview of the past post….

So far I introduced you to the new paradigm of Synchronous Technology (ST).

Then walk you through the tools that we have to control our model.

Those tools helped with balance, flexibility and rigidity when time came to apply unpredicted changes to keep model integrity.

In this third post I will take a look at tools/options that help users tweak their controls. Those tools could also be called the secondary line of action (the option behind the option).

In the last post I finished by comparing the life of a part to the life of a human. I mentioned that at some point in time your part will pass by the teenage age (pre-production) then may face career orientation (reuse part on other design etc…) and at the end may be need to be reworked before retirement (last touch before getting obsolete).

“Value add” to part is a fashion concept these days, but what happens when this value forces us to sell more than the competition? What if our company has to absorb this value?

How a designer can intervene at those steps of the lifecycle without jeopardize the investments made by the organization?

SEwST gives people throughout the lifecycle the opportunity to realize delicate modification/operation on the patient while keeping a low cost operation.

Let’s start with the obvious one….

Select tool

One important tool in SEwST paradigm to interact with the part is the select tool.

Select tool has four modes:

  • Regular
  • add/remove
  • add
  • remove

All modes are accessible through the spacebar, and a HUD gives users feedback.

In REGULAR mode the select tool behaves the same as Solid Edge pre-ST.

As soon as you hit the CTRL to add more faces, you switch to ADD/REMOVE mode.

This mode could also be triggered by the spacebar.

Press a second time the space bar, and you get the ADD mode, one more time to go in REMOVE mode.

Select tool video

Selection manager

Once a face(s) is selected, hover with the mouse and a green dot will appear. By clicking on it you will have access to the selection manager.

Slection manager

Selection manager shows up as contextual menu allowing the user to tweak the selection.

Selection manager video 1

Selection manager video 2

Live Rule Advance

So far we have seen tools that help users select faces. As you start moving faces around, the advanced section of LR will be available.

Quick access is achived by using CTRL+E

Notice in the green rectangle the faces selected by the user.

Beside each detect face by LR, a check box allows the user to give a personal touch to selection.

Advanced section help you  have an overview of what’s coming in your changes.

 Live Rules advance video

 Need more personal control….

As you start working with SEwST you will discover different, new possibilities. Some will give you weird results until you need them. Others will help you achieve difficult results in less time.

Just like a recipe, mixing the ingredients will give you different flavors.

More video

 Coach Trainer corner

So far you should have realized that I tend to focus on editing existing parts. I tease you a little bit with the video of the coffee cup.

Remember the key phrase…..

“Allow more freedom to apply unpredicted changes”

This is the primary objective that I saw as a trainer who educates CAD market.

This first step will bring you towards implementing this new paradigm at the heart of the culture of your company. Many times I saw people go fast track and short cut with new functionalities without knowing exactly how to use them and more importantly when to use them.

The Second step will be to use Synchronous Technology to create new parts.

Being conservative is not a default, In our fast moving world when running is not fast enough to be in front we have to work smartly.

Remember the blog name contain DNA. It reflects part of my philosophy. Adopting best practices and using the right tool at the right moment will help you get in front of the pack.

Best practices help layout good foundations

My role as a trainer is to educate those who will see benefit. See benefit and make them real profitable, involves many processes, one of which is learning.

A proposed schedule to learn could look like this. Implementation time will vary:

  1. Get trained and take time to be trained.
  2. Explore possibilities, play like a kid does; do not think about consequence, forge your skill.
  3. Work on existing parts, get yourself familiar with the edition capabilities(off production)
  4. Then implement SEwST as one of your tools for edition.
  5. Create new parts  to get familiar (off production)
  6. Then implement SEwST concept, as a design culture in your company.

We are at the beginning of a new era; some recommendations may change over time as this new paradigm gets adopted by the industry.

Some recommendations will pass the test of time like:

  • Adopting good practices
  • Practice correctly
  • Consulting a doctor on a regular basis

All this will help keep a healthy CAD system.

Just like when we evolve to solid modeling, we are going to evolve to an organic modeling. Once Synchronous Technology becomes part of our SolidDNA, it will be seen as a natural way of working.

The next post will talk about the creation of new a part. I will take time to cover some basics to make sure we all start from a common ground.

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1 Comment »

  1. Great blog!

    Comment by rogerreid | 15 July 2008 | Reply


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