Tool to manage your file properties

CAD Central have developed a tool to helps to manage your Solid Edge file properties, whether for preparation for Solid Edge data management or for PDM. Contact Alan Pope for more information.

Create Drawing Pack 

I have just completed a Solid Edge add-on for a customer that will allow them to create a drawing pack that contains all of the drawing PDF's, DXF's and STP files for a specific assembly. Each drawing number (filename) is extracted from the assembly and matching files will be located in nominated folders and found files are copied to an output folder, ready for delivery to the workshop or supplier. A report is also created listing the files details and quantities.
This process creates the desired output much quicker than when done manually and does not miss files!
What additions to your workflow are you missing that can improve productivity?

Solid Edge sheet metal costing tool

This macro is aimed at anyone who wishes estimate the manufacturing cost of their sheet metal products. The macro utilises the Design for Cost functionality in Solid Edge classic or premium and bases and approximation of the cost of production on:

• material cost (including blank cost, plus a percentage allowance for clamping material)

• bending cost (including a set up cost, number of required set-ups and cost per bend)

• piercing cost (for where laser cut and it needs to pierce through rather than cut from the side),

• stamping cost

• Coating cost (based on spraying and calculated against surface area)

• PEM Cost (cost per PEM and number of PEM’s in the part)


The costs for each task are stored in a spreadsheet on a per material basis and can therefore be adjusted with experience. Therefore, costings will be approximate at first, but should become more accurate over time. The macro will work on a list of files in a specific folder or from an assembly. In the case of the assembly, it will add a part count and can work on part files as well as sheet metal files (useful if you have imported an assembly and the default part template is used). For part files, the macro will attempt to convert to sheet metal and included the file in the output if it is successful. The output is sent to a spreadsheet with cells filled using formulae where appropriate. Cells marked in red a re for manual entry or errors. Contact us for more information on

Learn how to achieve perfect 3D printed objects every time

3D printing is part science and part art. Effective design for 3D printing requires you to understand the printing process, adapt to it, and design with the goals of your object in mind.


In this eBook, you’ll learn design tricks for 3D printing and important post-design steps you can take including:

• Model orientation and parameter setting

• Infill and printing objects that won’t warp or break

• Tips to ensure your print securely attaches to the print bed


These techniques will help you create the 3D printed objects you envision!

NZ Steel sections for use in Solid Edge Frames 

This is a set of Steel Cross sections, for use in the Solid Edge Frame tool.

Kindly donated by Neil Hitchcox of Radius Designz (NZ) Limited on an 'as is, where is' basis.

Free macro to update parts list to only ballooned items

CAD Central has created a macro that allows you to update your parts list to display only the items that are ballooned. It is not possible to have a full assembly on one sheet, with all parts ballooned with item numbers and then have a subset of those same parts displayed on a second sheet, using the same part numbers AND only show the ballooned items.

The process is to create the main assembly on the second sheet and then only show the parts that you wish to detail. When the parts list is created, the balloons are placed and the item numbers remain the same. Unfortunately, the parts list will still display all the parts. The macro is designed to go through the parts list and hide any row that does not contain a balloon.

Watch the video to see how this macro works:

Free macro to check for out of date drawing views

CAD Central have created a macro that you can use to check draft files for out-of-date drawing views. The macro will allow you to specify a folder, a folder and all of its sub-folders and just a list of selected files within a specific folder and it will check each file to see whether it contains any out of date drawing views.
Contact Alan Pope for more information and to get a copy.

Free assembly/part renaming macro

CAD Central has created a macro that allows you to copy an entire assembly and rename each part/assembly by adding a prefix, suffix or just replaces one string for another (ie “LN-“ to “SN-“), so that when you want to create a new product based on an existing one, you ensure that all part names are unique.

Contact Alan Pope for more information and to get a copy.

This guide offers great tips and techniques for creating production ready drawings in Solid Edge

Free tutorial showing how to create a marking gauge

Here is a tutorial that uses Synchronous Technology to create a marking gauge, that creates the parts, assembly and draft files:

Synchronous Technology sheet metal training Guide

Here is a tutorial that uses Synchronous Technology to create a tray and its’ compartment dividers

2D Drawing Creation Tutorial

This tutorial shows how to use the free 2D Solid Edge version