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Friday, April 3, 2015

Tip of the Week April 3

Solid Edge Tip of the Week
April 3, 2015

Solid Edge - Deleting Complex Bends

Occasionally when working with imported geometry or complex parts, you will run into a corner with multiple blends that cannot be deleted since the geometry is too complex. There's a simple way to get around this issue that works great with the new quick shapes in Solid Edge ST7. In the picture below you can see we have a pretty complex corner with a lot of faces: 

If we select the rounds and attempt to delete them, we will get the following error - The selected items could not be deleted: 

This can be fixed by creating a sphere on this corner to consume all of the faces. The easiest way I found to place the sphere is to first create a plane along a curve and place that on one of the edges in the middle of the corner. Next, start the Sphere command and lock on to the plane you created: 

Make sure that the sphere is large enough to consume all of the complex faces inside of it as seen below: 

Next, select all of the remaining rounds that intersect the sphere and delete them: 

Finally, delete the sphere you created and Solid Edge will recreate the corner without any rounds or blends: 

I've also created a short video showing how this can be done which can be seen at the following link: 

Ben Weisenberger
Application Engineer
Ally PLM Solutions, Inc.

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