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Did you know that Solid Edge ST6 offers you a different way to work with Frame Assembly?

Using an existing part as a Dummy you can add it to your assembly and apply your frame components all around using the existing edges and sketches:

On the Command Bar and check which options applies to your design:



Each option will offer you a different condition, such as Face, which will select all the edges around the selected face, or Body,  which will select all faces of the selected body. Selecting Single edges or any of the multiple selection would result in something like the pictures below:

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Instead of selecting all the edges simultaneously, you can select by groups and use corner treatments to have different results.

Another option is to use sketches to apply frame components where there is no edges to select. As shown the example below, I have created sketches in the Assembly file, connected to the existing faces to be able to use them on the next steps:

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Turn OFF the Dummy part to have a better view of your Frame Design.



One of the advantages of this way is that now you can easily manipulate your frame design simply modifying your Dummy part using the Steering Wheel and the Face Priority in the Assembly environment:

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Widening the frame about 300mm will result as the following picture. Notice that the part were modified in the Assembly environment and as a result, the frame components followed the modification with a minimum of work.

This reduces a lot time of sketching changes comparing to the other way.

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