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2910, 2018

Bridging the timescale gap in CHT applications

It’s Sunday afternoon and I am pottering about in the kitchen cooking a Sunday roast. From the living room, I can hear my two children bickering about what they are going to play with. “Why don’t we play with Lego?” says the one. ”I want to play superheroes!” says the other. My husband is, unsuccessfully, trying to reason with them and get them to play together while at the same time sorting some paperwork. This is a typical weekend day for us. Everyone busy, on their own timescale, you could say, but trying to be together as a family. After all, isn’t that what the weekend is all about?


“Lunch is ready” I call from the kitchen, “time to set the table”. They both rush in, still continuing to talk over each other about the preferred game. We finally, sit around the table and the conversation turns more amiable. Now, we are talking about passing potatoes and veg and who wants which part of the chicken. Everyone agrees, the food is yummy!


In physics, as in life, not all processes are on the same timescale. In conjugate heat transfer (CHT) simulations that involve fluids and solids, they can actually be very different. Typically, fluids have fast transients and solids show slow temperature changes for longer periods. Accurate prediction of temperatures in solid components require long simulation times and it is essential for predicting thermal fatigue life. Such cases are turbine blades or engine blocks over the course of a typical use cycle. The challenge in these cases where we have large differences in time scale between fluids and solids is the large, almost prohibitive, computational cost.


The little Sunday routine of ours and its effect on our family life makes me think of this very issue and the new single simulation multi-timescale workflow for CHT introduced in Simcenter STAR-CCM+ v13.06. The new workflow introduces various features with the aim to eliminate the use of complicated macros. In Simcenter STAR-CCM+ v13.02 we introduced dedicated reports for fluid and solid and in Simcenter STAR-CCM+ v13.04 we improved the definition of Total Heat Flux to account for cases where radiation is turned on the fluid. And in this version, Simcenter STAR-CCM+ v13.06, we are introducing two additional very important features, an explicit mapped contact interface and solver specific stopping criteria.


The new explicit fluid-to-solid mapping links the different timescales by passing the right physical quantities, taking radiation and other thermal effects into consideration. In the case of transient flows, an efficient averaging mechanism can be employed on the thermal properties. It also enables coupling with the Finite Element solid energy solver also released in Simcenter STAR-CCM+ v13.06. This mainstreams multi-scale CHT simulations and eliminates user error. 


Related to this, the latest version also provides new solver-specific stopping criteria to aid simulations that run multiple solvers consecutively. Previous stopping criteria were shared by solvers, forcing users to write lengthy macros to change the values when switching solvers. Simcenter STAR-CCM+ v13.06 moves the ownership of stopping criteria from the user to the solvers and introduces fixed stopping criteria in a “delta” sense enabling automation and consecutive multiple solver iterations. This means that in a multi-timescale simulation the fixed number of iterations will run will run without manual interaction, every time the continua is activated.


The case used here to demonstrate the functionality is an exhaust manifold with the heat shield included. It’s a case of heating up the engine up to a certain temperature. Those simulations can take up a lot of time as the solid might take a few minutes to heat up while the fluid, if run transient, needs a time step of about 1e-4 to converge. In this case for simplicity we run the fluid as steady.


Use of solver specific stopping criteria takes advantage of the faster convergence of the fluid as simulation progresses, so fewer exchanges are needed. Several stopping criteria are used to trigger a rerun of the fluid. What's particularly nice with this set-up, is that the expensive fluid part of the simulation is initially using more iterations but as the simulation progresses the number of fluid iterations required to converge to the monitor-based stopping criteria is significantly reduced. It is obvious that the new solver-based stopping criteria provide the user with easy access to tools that enable speed up of expensive CHT simulations.



In the animation you can see the temperature changes with time. The vertical lines signify a fluid run. Exchange is happening through the explicit mapped contact interface when the solid temperature shows a certain delta of temperature. This way we make sure we don’t exchange when it is not needed, and the explicit mapped contact interface takes care of the averaging ensuring accurate passing of information either side.


Which brings me back to my family lunch on that beautiful Sunday afternoon. Makes me think of how a family lunch can bring us all together, just like the explicit mapped contact interface, and how we all need to have our very own control of our time. Lunch is now finished, and we are tidying-up. As we are finishing putting the plates away I can hear them laughing. “Let’s make superheroes with Lego” they say to each other and wander off happily.





2910, 2018

The Multibody Dynamics of Bolts

Have you ever wondered about the physics of a roller coaster?

Or thought about how strong the bolts and joints have to be to withstand the impact of the racing cart. They better be strong if people are ridding them, otherwise, there will be life-threatening consequences. The same goes for the vehicles we drive. The bolted joints are exposed to dynamic structural loads and constant vibrations daily. One loose joint could not only be extremely costly but more importantly, could put someone's life in danger. That is why it is of the utmost importance to develop safe, reliable joint solutions. This is nothing to be concerned about because innovative technology is helping many companies determine the likely causes of joint failures and help secure them.


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We have established that joints are important. That is why Nord-Lock made it their goal to "provide maximum security for bolted joints." As mentioned above, innovative technology has made it so we reduce the reliance we have on physical testing. Nord Lock made this possible by adopting Simcenter 3D and NX Nastran to stay ahead of the game. Using Simcenter 3D motion software, Nord Lock is able to analyze stress states such as deformation, movement in joints, provide precision and reliability of NX Nastran solver and management of CAD. These simulations allow Nord-Lock to gain insight and validate internal business rules. For example, Simcenter is used to investigate failure situations. The weakness in joints generally have two main sources:


  1. Spontaneous loosening caused by vibrations and dynamic loading effects
  2. Slacking from preload loss as a result of settling and relaxation

Nord-Lock turned to digital technology as an alternative to physical testing which has helped them test both giant and small structures.


"We particularly appreciate the teams business expertise, their extensive knowledge of THE software and their availability." -Zouhair Chaib


Read the full case study here!


To learn more about what the experts at Nord-Lock Group have to say watch this video:


2910, 2018

Simcenter Amesim 17: top 5 capabilities

We are proud to introduce Simcenter Amesim 17


Simcenter-Amesim-17-Boost_system-simulation-efficiency.pngThe latest release will help you increase system simulation efficiency through a seamless process integration, maximum modeling accuracy and easy access to digital twins.


Among many other enhancements, major development efforts have been put to help you address 5 key applications:

  • Electrification
  • Controls engineering
  • Vehicle systems and components performance engineering
  • Aircraft systems performance engineering
  • Interoperability

Discover Simcenter Amesim 17 in a nutshell:



Let us walk you through the main new capabilities. 




  • Import of electric motor characteristics from Simcenter SPEED
  • Expansion of air conditioning system capabilities for battery cooling
  • Battery thermal run-away modeling and battery pre-sizing tool
  • Hybrid and electric vehicle model templates

In 10 years, hybrid and electric vehicles could represent about half of the automotive fleet. That’s why there have been major development efforts to support electrification. With the newest version, you can automatically import motor characteristics from the Simcenter SPEED electric motor design software and assess electric powertrain performance early in the development cycle. 



To safeguard proper battery operating conditions, you can link the battery cooling system with the air conditioning system. The new brazed plate heat exchanger component helps you easily check the capability of the cooling system to manage the battery and cabin thermal operation.


Further, for electric and hybrid vehicle design, Simcenter Amesim 17 comes with ready-to-use templates to assess consumption, range, cooling and drivability. These templates provide a good starting point for vehicle electrification projects by delivering parameter consistency and detailed internal combustion engine, transmission, electric drive, battery and cabin cooling subsystems models.


Controls engineering


  • Upgraded signal bus capability and statechart management
  • Cooling system functional components
  • Real-time compatible components in the fluid component design libraries
  • Tunable parameters for FMI 2.0 export

Controls engineering.pngIn the context of software-intensive products, Simcenter Amesim 17 offers new plant modeling capabilities to support controls design, validation and calibration. For instance, the signal bus feature has been reworked to optimize central processing unit (CPU) performance and the user experience. When modeling control units, you can now easily create, edit and manage supercomponents containing statecharts.


Additionally, the release comes with real-time compatible components for automotive cooling system design as well as for hydraulic, thermal-hydraulic and pneumatic component design.



Vehicle systems and components performance engineering


  • Exhaust calibration tool including optimization features
  • Engine manifold design study through full coupling with Simcenter STAR-CCM+
  • Kinematics and Compliance data generator
  • Cam profile definition from the valve lift
  • Hypoid gear component
  • Extended modeling capabilities for vane and gerotor pumps

For conventional and hybrid vehicles, a broad set of new capabilities in Simcenter Amesim 17 will help to tackle critical challenges, such as the real driving emissions (RDE) or Worldwide  harmonized Light vehicles Test Cycles (WLTC) standards. Among them, the exhaust calibration tool now enables accelerated test data import, batch processing and automated optimization of model calibration. 



Moreover, by coupling Simcenter Amesim with Simcenter STAR-CCM+, you can efficiently run an engine design study for operating points of interest. This allows you to assess intake line acoustics or the impact of manifold geometry on performance.



Aircraft systems performance engineering


  • Intuitive and detailed jet engine performance analysis
  • Fuel systems and flight dynamics coupling
  • Fuel tank mapping from CAD
  • Model templates for landing gear and flap systems

In support of the aerospace and defense industry, Simcenter Amesim 17 offers unique virtual integrated aircraft (VIA) capabilities to frontload system integration, electrify propulsion systems and streamline jet engine design. It enables rapid modeling of compressors and turbines with variable geometry as well as assessing mixture composition corrections and degradation performance.


Since fuel represents a large portion of the aircraft weight, it is critical to understand its impact on handling qualities. You can now quickly assess the aircraft mass balance and trajectory while accounting for its tight coupling with the fuel system.



Moreover, Simcenter Amesim now enables you to generate fuel tank maps from CAD geometry. Therefore, you can extract the fuel inertia tensor for coupling with flight dynamics, and tank wet areas for thermal management optimization.




  • Embedded Simcenter STAR-CCM+ technology for enhanced cabin air flow modeling
  • Ego vehicle modeling for ADAS/AD validation with Simcenter Prescan
  • Simcenter Amesim - Simcenter Flomaster co-simulation
  • Model-based system testing through interoperability with Simcenter Testlab Neo software
  • Direct access to Teamcenter workflows in Simcenter Amesim


To enable seamless process integration and maximize modeling accuracy, Simcenter Amesim 17 further extends synergies within the Simcenter portfolio.


For instance, a tight link with Simcenter STAR-CCM+ allows capturing internal 3D flows in the car cabin to rapidly optimize thermal comfort.




For autonomous vehicle validation, the integration with Simcenter Prescan enables you to accurately capture the ego vehicle’s behavior in terms of ride, handling and fuel economy.




In addition, a direct connection between Simcenter Amesim and Teamcenter helps improve traceability: you can now easily manage different versions of Simcenter Amesim libraries within Teamcenter.




Stay tuned


Later this week we will introduce you to Simcenter Webapp Server, an easy-to-use and cost-effective web-based solution which will help deploy system simulation throughout your company.

Plus, don’t miss our blog post on new capabilities of Simcenter Embedded Software Designer 17.


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2910, 2018

Webinar: Get on top of your game with the newest TPA methods

When I first joined Siemens PLM Software, Dirk De Vis, Vice-President of Simcenter Engineering and Consulting services, explained me the different types of projects his engineering team executes. Before anything else, he put a glass of water on the table and slammed his fist on the table. Obviously, the water was disturbed, splashing over the edge of the glass. My first notion of the source-transfer-receiver approach…


As you understand from this example, a noise and vibration issue originates from a source, which is transferred via one (or more) transfer paths to a given receiver location. Transfer path analysis, or in short TPA, is a methodical approach to vibro-acoustic design. It enables you to quantify the various sources and their paths, figure out which are important, which contribute to the noise issues and which ones cancel each other out.


The source-transfer-receiver concept nor TPA approach are new. All over the world, automotive engineers apply it to investigate and understand a product’s noise, vibration & harshness (NVH) performance. Different TPA methods are available: test-based and/or simulation-based. The preferred methodology depends on the structure, single or multi-reference sources, and the stage of the development.


Although, traditional approaches to transfer path analysis such as: airborne loads estimation, acoustic source quantification, structure-borne loads estimation, multi-reference TPA and energetic power-based ASQ are still relevant and widely employed, new methods are being developed.

Main-visual-TPA-webinar.jpgLatest technologies to quantify the various sources and their contributions to noise and vibrations.At Simcenter, you’ll find engineers with unparalleled NVH experience. And they don’t sit still. New methodologies are being tried out and, if successful, integrated in the daily work and projects. If our customers agree? Absolutely!


Customers on top of their game!

Faster results, more accurate, better product refinement, and as a consequence faster troubleshooting at reduced cost, our customers are on top of their game. They apply TPA to benchmarking and target setting, vehicle development and pass-by noise engineering. Additionally, these new TPA methods empower suppliers to predict how their system will perform not just in one vehicle, but in a whole series of different variants. Component-based TPA using blocked forces is a prime example of how new TPA methodologies put the relationship between OEMs and suppliers in a completely new perspective.


On November 20, Automotive Solution Manager and NVH expert, Steven Dom, presents a live webinar: Better & faster vehicle NVH insights using the latest transfer path analysis methods. He will explain the range of methods from traditional mount stiffness and matrix inversion approaches over OPAX, strain-based TPA and time-domain TPA to model-based TPA and component-based TPA, illustrated with application examples.



Register here for the webinar and learn how to:

  • Obtain an overview of the different TPA methodologies and their applications
  • Improve road noise and comfort using strain sensors
  • Investigate transient effects applying time-domain and model-based TPA
  • Predict NVH behavior of source-components before integration using component-based TPA

Live webinar: Better & faster vehicle NVH insights using the latest transfer path analysis methods


2910, 2018

Going electric or how to get rid of range anxiety

Electrification is in the air and is everywhere. There’s not a week we don’t hear about a carmaker getting public about a new electric vehicle within a specific segment. If the electrification trend was still questioned a few years back, it is now impossible to deny it. As the New York Times mentions, what was considered as a “Californian-way-of-life” accessory not a long time ago is now entering mainstream. 2017 is considered as the year in which the electric car became inevitable, and even the most skeptical automakers (like Toyota) announced plans to develop battery-electric vehicles. But there are still resistances to dissipate to go for a massive public adoption. In addition to acquisition cost, range anxiety is still a key issue to overcome, even if vehicle brought to the market today easily reach 200+ miles.

Pict_Blogpost_ev-sales.jpg@Bloomberg - Sales volume prediction of EVsThere is undoubtedly fun to drive an electric car (it’s quiet, it as an incredible power and torque) but for everyday driving, could we really live with a battery-powered vehicle? With electric cars, no tricks, no cheating possible. Who has never gone out of gas and walked to the next station with an empty bottle of water to make it possible to refill for the 5 kilometers required to reach the “black gold oasis”? I admit, it happened to me. But we definitely cannot use our portable mobile phone battery charger for a car – actually the analogy of being anxious to get out of battery for your phone really rings a bell, so I can definitely start getting what could be the feelings of an e-car owner.


Pict_blogpost_star-engines-4-750x500.png@BMW Range ExtenderThe hilarious blog “My husband’s electric car – Tips for surviving life (and marriage) with a Nissan Leaf” totally addresses those issues – in a very funny way. “My husband and I had an important appointment and dinner planned for last Monday evening. So why did he arrive late? And why, afterward, did we get stuck eating dessert in an empty parking garage at 10:30 p.m.?” Deborah Petersen speaks up on what it is to own an electric car, and addresses charging stations, driving pleasure, life spontaneity, and much more. But electric car drivers just want to have fun, don’t they? So, how can we arrange that?


Range anxiety is a strong point being addressed by car makers and manufacturers. But how to extend range? This is not that simple, and it ends up being a combination of technology and engineering choices. Range is strongly dependent on a variety of factors: the battery chemistry selection, the e-motors performance, the thermal management of electric devices, the choice of material that impact weight, the car design and aerodynamics, etc. It's not only about the battery itself. And decisions made to improve range need to be balanced with the impact they have on drivability, safety, NVH and design. Adding cells to a battery can improve its power, but it also adds weight that can totally anihilate the benefits of its additional power. It’s all about balance, and this requires to compare hundreds of combinations of different systems, at a component, system and vehicle level. Being able to rapidly analyze what is the best vehicle architecture and what are the best options in terms of systems choices requires new engineering methodologies.


But the good news is, that’s what we do at Siemens PLM Software. We propose simulation and testing solutions covering every aspect of electrification for both hybrid and electric vehicles. We offer a complete, integrated, and accurate digital twin addressing challenges for all aspects of electric and hybrid vehicle engineering - from electric powertrain to electrical/electronic system architecture to vehicle engineering, controls, and embedded software. This not only enables companies to achieve a significant competitive advantage, ROI, and operational performance edge in developing electrified vehicles but also empowers them to adapt and evolve in the fast-approaching era of new mobility. We believe vehicle electrification will play an essential role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and we are committed to support the electrification supply chain with engineering tools and solutions to help develop cars that are affordable, safe, performant and with a comfortable range.


If you want to know more about our solutions for vehicle electrification, we’re holding a live webinar on Nov 15 where we’ll talk about what we do for our customers to support vehicle and system performance engineering in the context of vehicle electrification, and, as an example, how we help them to make range anxiety become something of the past. Join us, it’s free and fun!

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1610, 2018

In-Process Workpiece in Solid Edge CAM Pro

In-Process Workpiece (IPW) is a great feature that Solid Edge CAM Pro provides to show the state of the machined model during the machining process.  If you don't understand why that is valuable, let me give you an example.  A few years back, I was an NC Programmer at an aerospace firm.  One of the jobs I had was to turn a long slender chunk of aluminum into a wing spar.  The raw material was a forging.  We used forgings because hammering nature of the forging process aligns the grain structure of the material so that it is stronger than a rectangular billet of aluminum.


Bharat_Forge12801-770x433Crankshaft forging

 The forging process also introduces a lot of stress.  You can relieve some of that stress with heat-treatment, but residual stress still remains.  The act of machining also relieves stress, which can make the model move.  That meant we had to "sneak up" on the final product shape:

1. Rough-machine one side

2. Flip the part over

3. Rough-machine the second side

4. Allow the part to rest for a week or so for stress relief

5. Semi-finish one side

6. Flip the part over

7. Semi-finish the second side

8. Allow the part to rest for a week or so for stress relief

9. Finish-machine one side

10. Flip the part over

11. Finish-machine the second side.


To accomplish this, we needed three sets of fixtures (rough, semi-finish, and finish).  We had models of the forging and the finished product, but not the semi-finished state.  How do we get that model so we can build the fixture?  We had to model it.


Like I said, that was a few years ago.  Today, I would not need to do that.  Solid Edge CAM Pro can automatically save the IPW at any point in the process.  In essence, it can build the model from the raw state of the stock and the machining instructions.  These IPW models are handy for lots of things, like building fixtures, and documenting manufacturing states for shop floor usage.

Here is a video showing how to create and save IPWs in Solid Edge CAM Pro.

1610, 2018

Notes from the field: Another successful Pune Meetup

We recently had yet another great session of the Solid Edge User Meet on August 29. During this meet up, we came across some interesting discussions that we would like to share with you today on the community.




Use of Design Body Files instead of Assembly

First, we discussed whether Multi Body Design can be an alternative to assembly files. It may be useful since this approach creates less number of documents.


We identified the following benefits with this approach:

  • Ease of Product Documentation Management: We have only one file to maintain instead of one assembly file and many part files.
  • Very efficient for creating assemblies through API.
  • The file size is lower than assembly file.
  • Regular assembly is prone to error of missing part links if parts have been renamed or moved to other folder

and some limitations we identified for this approach:

  • Support for property manager for design bodies
  • Support for different materials for design bodies
  • User cannot set different part numbers to design bodies.
  • Individual design bodies cannot be called in draft environment like we call in different assembly configurations.
  • Assembly level simulations like motion study cannot be done.


Some of the above limitations can be overcome by using multi body publish command, which will create parts files and assembly file.

Creating 3D from Images/photos 

We also explored if there is an opportunity to create 3D CAD data from photo/image. While we couldn't find any ways to do so (and are still open to suggestions), we explored the option of using the “Create 3D” command which uses dwg file. This command may not be directly used, but we feel the workflow is very much similar. Further discussion and research will be required to explore above points. This is the beauty of the user meet, we tend to think out of box as we are away from our routine environment.


We also discussed capabilities in Solid Edge 2019—such as transient thermal analysis, in particular—which can be useful for us. We discussed the possibility of future functionality that would further enhance these capabilities.


The meet up concluded at 5 pm with fantastic snacks and a good networking session at a canteen. We’re looking forward to the next user meet on December 3.




1410, 2018

Steering Wheel – The Gateway to Synchronous Modeling


The previous article discussed 'advanced' techniques on Steering Wheel but also listed the following basic techniques:


  1. Move the steering wheel where you want it by the origin.
  2. Shift + Origin to move while preserving the orientation.
  3. Shift + Bearing for angle around the other axis.
  4. Ctrl + Bearing for an angle in the plane of axes.
  5. Shift + Tool plane to flip the orientation.
  6. Origin + Drag to an edge to align with.
  7. Shift + Bearing + Select a point to orient.


Many people are shy of asking for more information about the topic in the comments section of the article and send out personal messages instead. I ended up compiling a series of videos into a single one that demonstrates these basic steering wheel manipulation techniques.


I didn't want to do demonstrate each topic using a meaningless lump of solid, but at the same time, it was difficult to find a proper model to show the use case for each manipulation. Here's a video with my voice over:



I have attached the SE2019 files if you'd like to try the steps on your own.


Building on these basic techniques for orienting the steering wheel, here's the video once again for the advanced techniques:


1110, 2018

All-Girl Team Takes 2nd, Wins Award at Greenpower International Final 2018

Last weekend more than 100 teams of students from around the globe gathered in rainy Rockingham, U.K. to face off in this year’s Greenpower International Final, bringing an exciting end to the 2018 Greenpower racing season. The event marked the last race to be held at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

 greenpower final 2.jpg


Solid Edge is proud to have been a sponsor of this year’s event, which provides students with the amazing opportunity to not only race the vehicles they’ve worked so hard to design, build, and test—but also to show off the skills they’ve gained while their engineering prowess as a result of participating in the Greenpower program.


The Greenpower Final draws people from all corners of the world—from Beijing to Portugal and beyond—to witness the excitement and hear from students about their experience.


The event kicked off Friday, October 6, with the Kit Car Final for ages 11-16 (IET Formula 24) and Lap Race for ages 16-25 (IET Formula 24+). Then on Saturday, October 7, season qualifiers who were invited to face off in the last race of the season gathered for the International Final (IET F24), followed by the Round 12 International Final (IET F24+) for participants aged 16-25 years old.


The Siemens Engineering design award (IET F24, IET F24+) went to Mr. Basil Slicker and Dylan Lafert and Sandbach High School’s all-girls engineering team, Complete and Utter Chaos (CAUC). The 24 members of the team joined by parents and grandparents were delighted at the win, and at placing 2nd and 4th in the season.

 greenpower CAUC.jpg

Congratulations to the CAUC team, the winners of the IET F24 and IET F24+, as well as all finalists in the Greenpower International Final 2018! It was an amazing end to the 2018 Greenpower season, and we’re so glad to have been a part of it! 

810, 2018

Have you met the Solid Edge Portal?

Solid Edge 2019 introduced a secure, web-based platform for storing and viewing the contents of your 3D CAD files and drawings, and for sharing your project files with others. Your collaborators can add their notes and markups to designs you share with them. You can remove access to a shared file at any time. All file sharing transactions are conducted by email.

The Solid Edge Portal does not require any software installation, only a valid Webkey account.

How do I access the Solid Edge Portal?

Using a browser other than Internet Explorer, follow this link to access the Solid Edge Portal.


seportal_home.pngSolid Edge Portal Home page



If you are using Solid Edge, you also can access the Solid Edge Portal directly from either of these locations:

  • Application menu→Learn page→Links list
  • Application menu→Share page





































What can I do in the Solid Edge Portal?

In the Solid Edge Portal, you can:

  • Store and share your models, drawings, images, and other documents (up to 5 GB for free). 


For design and manufacturing—Use the Solid Edge Portal as a central location for your 3D files, 2D drawings, design specifications, engineering data, professional images, and BOM reports. Your team members, non-CAD users, partners, and customers can access your project information from desktop and mobile devices. You can add native Solid Edge and non-Solid Edge files to your project.


For academics—Students and teachers can use the Solid Edge Portal to exchange and review files for homework and testing.


  • Review 3D models and facet models in the model viewer.
  • Explode multi-body part models and assemblies.
  • Cut away sections of the model.
  • Measure distance between points and the length, radius, or perimeter of edges.
    For example, you can:
    • Find the capacity of a container by first measuring the radius and height, and then using the appropriate formula to calculate the volume.
    • Measure the radius of a nut and bolt assembly to determine its fit.

























  • Review 2D drawings and schematics.
  • Review low-resolution and high-resolution images in the image viewer. For example, you can zoom, fit, and rotate model images, blueprints, and even animated GIFs.




Learn how to use the Portal and learn What’s New

The Solid Edge Portal Help is available from the Solid Edge Portal application. We recommend you begin with the link to HelpGetting Started, which is located at bottom-left of the Solid Edge Portal Home page. 


Learn the five easy steps to:

  1. Create an account and sign in. (If you already have a WebKey account, you can sign in with those credentials.)
  2. Create a project space and upload files. See all the file types you can store.
  3. Open a file in the 3D viewer.
  4. Review a model or review a drawing.
  5. Share files with others.

Once you are logged in, you can access the Solid Edge Portal Help and get assistance from the community at any time from this menu at the top of the Portal window:















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