Replacing Solid Edge files in Teamcenter with Import files

Replacing Solid Edge file in Teamcenter with Import files

Today we will discuss Solid Edge with imported stp file and adding them to Teamcenter.

When working with a PLM or managed system like Teamcenter there are some use cases that do arises that require a bit of a different workflow than the usual creation methods one is used to.


Solid Edge assembly is saved in Teamcenter. As part of the design processes, the designer has found a supplier part that will work better in the assembly.

 Instead of reworking the part, the designer will reuse the supplier stp file and convert it over to a Solid Edge model. 

One this step has been completed you replace the part in the assembly that is in Teamcenter so that all the links remain structured and intact.  

Preparing the assembly for the new part

The designer will be replacing this basic pyramid with a new stp file from a supplier and to being:

1.     The assembly is opened in Solid Edge while connected to Teamcenter

a.     When loaded into an active session they will edit the part in place

b.     Revise the part to the next revision level –

  1. In this case, the part will go from an “A” to a “B”

Note: Depending on your Teamcenter configuration, uses may need to release or use a workflow to place a “status” (this freezes a revision’s data at that moment in time and preserving it) before a new revision is created. 

Check with your Teamcenter Administrator if you have any questions.

2.     Save and upload the assembly back to Teamcenter

3.     While still in Solid Edge, open the Cache Assistance and clear out the local files (or at least all the files that belong to the assy. and the assy. file itself.

4.    As a result of clearing out the local files, the next step ensures that the necessary information on the new revision is captured.

This information will be needed the steps that follow. This can be done in SE and Active Workspace or using the Teamcenter Rich Client.

a.     For this example, the RAC (Rich Client) is already opened, and the designer is already connected to Teamcenter

b.     The new revision information needed:

  • Item ID
  • Item Name
  • Revision level

STP file Conversion and Preparation

5.     Solid Edge in this step will change from Managed Mode to Non-Managed Mode by the designer.

a.     Clicking this toggles the modes

6.     The file is opened, imported into Solid Edge and saved as a part file.

7.     The designer will use the “Add to Teamcenter Interactive” application to add and replace the new part in Teamcenter.

a.     Add to Teamcenter Interactive does require the designer to log into Teamcenter

8.     Once connected

a.     A session is started

b.     Open the part file

c.     This is where the designer would enter the new revision information they collected in the prior steps. The required columns are as follows:

  •  Item Type = Item
  • Item ID = 000109
  •  Revision = B
  •  Item Name = Test Part 25

d.     As a result of entering the values, the properties will need to be saved back to the file by clicking the “Save” Icon

9.     Next, run the Unmanaged Validation step to verify the new properties were written back to the part file by clicking on the validation Icon

10.     Once the Teamcenter information has been added to the part file a quick Teamcenter Validation check is needed before the file can be added to Teamcenter. This is done by clicking on the TC validation icon

a.     Well done, and the designer entered the correct values, the right side of the panel will show the correct validation.

b.     The important detail to note is the Teamcenter Action, Also Teamcenter is set to Existing – Override. This will allow the replacement of the data within.

11.     When the Perform Action icon is clicked-on

we will begin the import process. When process is completed, the designer will note that the Overwrite was completed with no warnings.

Verify the Change Teamcenter

12.     Solid Edge is reconnected to Teamcenter, and when the file was opened, the new replacement revision will load.

13.    After a re-save in Solid Edge and Upload to Teamcenter, the JT and the metadata in Teamcenter will be updated with the new part information.

14.    For the finally stage, the designer will open the assembly. Next, position the new part and save / upload the new changes back to Teamcenter.

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Post by Sam Estrada

Hello, my name is Sam and I am an Application Engineer with expertise in Solid Edge and Teamcenter here at Swoosh Technologies. My goal is to help people utilize digital design and data management programs to create more efficient, time, and cost-saving processes for others.

2 Comments "Replacing Solid Edge files in Teamcenter with Import files"

    • Hi Roger –
      That is an another option. You would need to convert the STEP file to a JT and then ensure that you have setup your TC environment for multi-cad (Solid Edge to load foreign datasets.) I will put that on the list of future blogs topics. 🙂

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