visibility_off Siemens Solid Edge - Training Session #1 : User Interface

Solid Edge 2019 Access Tutorials

Over the next few months, in partnership with Siemens, we will be taking a deep dive into the Siemens Solid Edge CAD software. We will be covering a new topic every other week by posting a blog that acts as a tutorial to the many facets of Solid Edge. If you haven’t already, download the latest version of Siemens Solid Edge 2019 for free right HERE.


Upon opening up the Solid Edge program on your computer, you will be taken to a simple Home Screen. This Home Screen will have a Learn Solid Edge Toolbar along the right hand side and an Application Button in the top left hand corner. The Learn Solid Edge Toolbar will always be accessible along the right hand side of the screen and can be used to ask questions and access tutorials; there is also a link in this toolbar that directs towards the Siemens Youtube page. To begin or edit a project, though, you will need to first click the Application Button. From here, you will be given a drop-down menu with options to start a new project, print or share existing project, or change general settings. If you are starting a new project, select NEW and then be sure to choose the correct template (part, assembly, weldment, etc.) for which you are designing for.

A view of the Siemens Solid Edge Home Screen. The Application Button can be seen in the top left hand corner.

Quick Hint: For new users that want assistance while designing, click the Application Button and then click Settings and Themes. From there, you will see a drop-down menu that allows you to select how much automated assistance you would like Solid Edge to give you while designing.

Once selecting a template, you will be taken to a Part Environment screen where you will do the bulk of your design work. The Part Environment is equipped with the Part Design Window, a Prompt Bar, a Feature Library, and Design Tools.

Part Design Window (center of screen): This window is where you will see a physical representation of your design. It is centered around an X-Y-Z axis which can be rotated or zoomed-in/out on to see your design from different angles. The bottom right hand corner of this window shows an Orientation Box which can help you distinguish sides on your design.

A view of the Part Design Window as a user designs. The Design Tools can be seen along the top of the screen.

Design Tools (along top of the screen): Along the top of the screen, you will see different tabs labeled “Home” and “Sketching” and “Surfacing”. Each of these tabs houses different design tools and commands. Each command has an icon associated with it; upon hovering over a icon, a description and animation of the command will appear to assist you.

Prompt Bar (along the bottom of the screen): This bar shows explanations for different tools and prompts throughout the program. Once you choose a specific design tool or command, a message will show up on the Prompt Bar directing you how to use the tool you selected. Below the Prompt Bar, you can also see the Command Finder which is a simple search bar that can be used to find any design command within Solid Edge.

Feature Library (along the left hand side of the screen): This bar shows different feature library members in the form of Solid Edge part files that can be used for specific projects. Users may want to build up their feature library if they are prone to designing specific parts in repetition.

To learn more about the User Interface in Siemens Solid Edge, watch this video:

We’ve also included a list of keyboard shortcuts for Solid Edge below…

  • Ctrl+S (save)

  • Ctrl+X (cut)

  • Ctrl+C (copy)

  • Ctrl+V (paste)

  • Ctrl+Z (undo)

  • Ctrl+Y (redo)

View Manipulation:

  • Ctrl+T (top)

  • Ctrl+B (bottom)

  • Ctrl+R (right)

  • Ctrl+L (left)

  • Ctrl+F (front)

  • Ctrl+K (back)

  • Ctrl+I (isometric)

  • Ctrl+J (dimetric)

  • Ctrl+M (trimetric)

Mouse-based View Manipulation:

  • MMB or RMB+Ctrl+Drag (zoom)

  • MMB or RMB+Alt+Drag (zoom area)

  • MMB+double click or RMB+Alt (fit window)

  • MMB+Shift+drag or RMB+Ctrl+Shift+Drag (pan)

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