LiveLink™ for Solid Edge® Updates

For users of LiveLink™ for Solid Edge®, COMSOL Multiphysics® version 6.2 includes improved automatic naming of geometry objects and a new Component Selection window to select and deselect CAD components for synchronization. Read about these updates and more below.

Improved Naming of Geometry Objects

When synchronizing CAD assemblies between Solid Edge® and COMSOL Multiphysics®, the names of the synchronized objects in the COMSOL model are now derived from the component names in the CAD assembly. The object names can be viewed within the Selection List window, making it much easier to recognize and interact with the assembly parts after synchronization.

The COMSOL Multiphysics UI showing the Model Builder with the LiveLink for Solid Edge node highlighted, the corresponding Settings window, a helicopter model in the Graphics window, and the Selection List window open.
The synchronized geometry of a helicopter swashplate design. The CAD assembly components from Solid Edge® are recognizable in the object names that are displayed in the Selection List window on the right-hand side of the user interface.

Improved Selection of Components

A Component Selection window is now available in the Solid Edge® user interface for selecting assembly components for synchronization with COMSOL Multiphysics®. Previously, turning off the visibility of components prevented them from being synchronized. Using the new Component Selection window provides the ability to control which assembly components to synchronize, without the need to change the visibility of the component in the CAD software user interface.

The new Component Selection window in the Solid Edge® user interface is used to exclude the rotor blade components before synchronizing this helicopter swashplate assembly.

Improved Edge Selection for Cap Faces

The Cap Faces feature now includes a new Group adjacent edges check box in the Settings window. This feature can be enabled to automatically select all edges in a loop when clicking on an edge.

The Cap Faces operation is used to repair a hole and create a solid from the geometry, which was imported from a STEP file. Using the new Group adjacent edges check box, the edges adjacent to the hole are selected with one click.

Updated CAD File Import

The CAD file import functionality has been extended to support the most recent versions of the supported file formats. Additionally, importing the SOLIDWORKS® file format is now available on a supported Linux® operating system with an Intel® 64-bit processor. A current list of supported CAD file formats can be viewed within the Read from File section of the CAD specification chart.