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Solid Edge 2D Electrical Schematic Drawings

We are so caught up in our 3D world with 3D CAD, 3D Navigation Devices, 3D Rendering and the ever evolving 3D Printing industry that we tend to forget about, or just neglect, the 2D aspect of our jobs.

The fact is that there is always going to be a 2D requirement of some kind, especially in the CAD World in which most of us live and breath day-in and day-out.

Take this for example.

How often have you been faced with the dilemma of having to quickly show your customer a 2D schematic of the electrics going into your finished product?

Schematic Diagram


Does the mere thought of this predicament make you want to get up, leave the office and start running as fast as you can in any direction possible?

With Solid Edge this does not have to be the case.

Solid Edge’s block and connector diagramming tools are there to assist you in developing electrical, P&ID and other diagrams. Solid Edge provides a library of industry-standard 2D blocks as well as access to all your AutoCAD blocks through on-the-fly conversion. Intelligent connectors quickly snap to keypoints on the blocks and create associative links that are easily updated.

With convenient access to block libraries and functionality via the Library window, a block can be selected and placed in the active document with different representations, or views, without the overhead of duplicated graphics and data. When a design changes, you can easily replace or delete all occurrences of a block with one command. Property text can be referenced in block labels, which in turn can be referenced in annotations such as callouts.

Table from BlocksTo make use of these blocks and, in so doing, make your Solid Edge 2D experience all that it was meant to be, all you need to do is click the Library Tab in your Draft environment.

Library Tab

Then you can click the “Show Blocks” icon.

Show Blocks

Then browse to the sample blocks folder within your Solid Edge ST7 directory on your local drive.

This will unleash a new creative side to your 2D work within Solid Edge, a side most of us didn’t know existed, at least not until now.

Within the Block realm you can create your own blocks, create alternative block views, group blocks together and even nest blocks within one another.

Let this be an encouragement to get involved with the Block functionality within Solid Edge and lets not hurry to put those running shoes on and flee for the nearest exit.

For more information regarding the potential of blocks and procedures to help you progress within the block environment, please visit the Siemens PLM Solid Edge help topics.


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Making Use of Callout Boxes in Solid Edge


Callout: A type of annotation that consists of a text box with / without a leader.

Property Text: This is text that is associative to properties in the current file, as well as to properties in models attached to the current file.

Couple these two together and you get a wonderfully useful Callout Box which can save you time and reduce your risk of errors while filling in important information that needs to be on your draft sheets.

Title Block

Creating Callout Boxes

  • Open up your .dft template that you would like to apply these call-out boxes to (make sure you use the template file which is located in the Solid Edge Templates folder to avoid having to redo all your hard work for each draft file you work on).
  • Click the Callout icon located on the Home Tab in the Annotation group.

Callout Icon

  • Click the Property Text icon

Property Text Icon

Propert Text Sources

  • Select the relevant property that you want to link to (“Title” in my example)


  • Then click the select button. You will now see that property added to the Property Text Bar at the bottom of the dialog box.

Property Text Box

  • Click “OK” and it will place this property code into the callout properties dialog box

Callout Properties Dialog Box

  • Click “OK” and place the Callout box where you require it on your Draft Template.


This will help automate part of the tedious annotation work required on any professional 2D drafts that you or your company will produce on a daily basis. Get familiar with this simple and yet powerful tool within Solid Edge drafting and take your 2D drafting to the next level.


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Solid Edge Technology was privileged to be given the opportunity to sponsor the athletes’ water bottles for the Gauteng Biathle Championships which took place in Boksburg on the 4th May 2014.


The event had around 150 participants taking part from all over Gauteng. A biathle consists of a run-swim-run format with varying distances for the varying participating age groups.

All-in-all the event was a huge success with the top athletes from each age group qualifying for the South African Biathle Championships taking place in Durban on the 28th June 2014.

Cayde de Waal - Silver Medalist in the Youth D Boys Category

Cayde de Waal – Silver Medalist in the Youth D Boys Category

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Propeller Rendered in KeyShot

Propeller Rendered in KeyShot


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Photo-realistic rendering takes place in realtime. Any changes made to materials, lighting, or cameras are displayed immediately. This allows designers and engineers to spend more time being creative and less time wrestling with technical issues and render times.

Motor Rendered in KeyShot

Motor Rendered in KeyShot


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Drag & Drop Materials

Drag & Drop Materials


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Realtime Rendering


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Sony Playstation Controller


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LiveLinking Directly within 3D CAD


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No Restrictions on Data Size

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Arranging Dimensions in Solid Edge Draft

You have done all the hard work, now comes the time consuming dimensioning of your various pages of draft views. This has been made a bit easier with the use of the Arrange Dimensions Command. Arrange Dimensions Command This command allows you to  automatically group, select, and arrange linear dimensions so that they don’t overlap drawing view geometry and annotations.

It is important to remember the following:

  • Arrange Dimensions is only available in the Draft environment.
  • Only linear dimension types are automatically arranged.
  • Symmetric diameter dimensions are aligned, but not included in the alignment set.
  • Coordinate, angular coordinate, radial, diameter, and chamfer dimensions are not automatically arranged.

How the Arrange Dimensions command affects parallel dimensions

Symmetric diameter dimensions are arranged before linear dimensions. Symmetric diameter dimensions (A) are aligned, but they are not included in alignment sets like linear dimensions. In drawings with linear and symmetric diameter dimensions, symmetric diameter dimensions are arranged first.

Arranging Dimensions 1

Dimensions are pushed away from the center range of the drawing view and are parallel to the dimension line

Arranging Dimensions 2

Non-overlapping dimensions are aligned together

Arranging Dimensions 3

Overlapping dimensions are stacked

It is now important to take note of the following:

  • Where dimension lines overlap drawing view geometry, annotations, or dimension values, the Arrange Dimension command stacks the dimension lines based on the default stack pitch. Where necessary, the default stack pitch is increased to avoid overlapping. To adjust the stack distance, edit the stack pitch values in Dimension Styles.
  • Where stacked dimensions with dimension values centered on dimension lines overlap, the Arrange Dimension command staggers the dimension values.

Arranging Dimensions 4

Stacked dimensions are arranged from smallest to largest

Arranging Dimensions 5

Dimensions connected to the drawing view are offset based on the range of the drawing view geometry as a whole.

Note: The stack pitch value (A) is defined on the command bar.

Arranging Dimensions 6

Stack pitch distance for dimensions connected to 2D geometry are offset based only on the selected dimensions.

Arranging Dimensions 7

How the Arrange Dimensions command affects concentric dimensions

Dimensions are pushed above project lines.

Arranging Dimensions 8

Non-overlapping dimensions are chained

Arranging Dimensions 9

Overlapping dimensions are stacked

Arranging Dimensions 10

Stacked dimensions are arranged smallest to largest

Arranging Dimensions 11

Dimensions connected to a drawing view or 2D geometry are offset based on the range of the drawing view geometry as a whole

Arranging Dimensions 12

This article has been adopted from the Siemens online training material. For more useful tips and tricks concerning Solid Edge topics follow the following link:



Happy New Year


We will open the book.

It’s pages are blank.

We are going to put words on them ourselves.

The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Years Day.

– Edith Pierce


From the Solid Edge Technology Team we wish all our loyal customers a prosperous and exciting 2014.