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Free macro to check for out of date drawing views

CAD Central have created a macro that you can use to check draft files for out-of-date drawing views.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and just a list of selected files within a specific folder and it will check each file to see whether it contains any out of date drawing views.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

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.

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


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