Standard Parts in Solid Edge

Solid Edge delivers a free complement of standard parts that allows you to increase your design productivity. You can increase productivity even more by adding your own parts to the library, or you may purchase the Solid Edge Machinery Library, an extensive selection of additional parts.


Contact your Solid Edge sales representative to order the Solid Edge Machinery Library. Specify part numbers SE321 for Node Locked, or SE322 for Floating. Solid Edge also offers a Piping Library. Specify part numbers SE323 for Node Locked, or SE324 for Floating.

Installing the standard parts server

Before installing and configuring standard parts, you must install the Standard Parts Server from Autorun.exe. Beginning in version 18, Solid Edge, introduced this server functionality, which installs a pre-built database. Once installed, use the File Locations tab on the Options dialog box to set the path, and you are ready to install your standard parts.

Every standard part installation has some portion of the folder structure that is not managed by a managed library. The Security settings for all the folders in this unmanaged folder structure must be set to Full Control to all users. You must set this permission at the top level of the standard parts folder structure, and these permissions are inherited all the way down through the structure. Both managed and unmanaged standard part configurations must have a network share to the unmanaged components, such as the sac file and standard parts database. The share permissions must be set to Full Control for all users.

Installing and configuring standard parts

To install standard parts, run the Setup.exe program from the Cdrom\StdPartsAdministrator folder.

On the Custom Setup dialog box of the InstallShield Wizard, click the button next to Master Part Files and choose to install the standard parts. A default installation directory for Master Part Files is displayed in the Install To: field. To change the installation directory, highlight Master Part Files, click Change, and specify a new directory.

After installing Solid Edge, you can use the Solid Edge Standard Parts Configuration Wizard to display the Solid Edge Standard Parts Configuration Wizard dialog box. This dialog box allows you to configure the location for the Standard Parts folder, the Parts folder, and the Working folder. You can also configure the location and name of the standard parts database. After you make changes to the standard parts configuration, you can use the Save Settings button to save these changes.

When installing the free content with Autorun, Solid Edge automatically builds the database. You do not have to use the Solid Edge Standard Parts Administrator for this. You only need to set the folder path for the database in Solid Edge. If you want to add more content, such as a purchased library or your own parts, then use the Solid Edge Standard Parts Administrator.

Using Solid Edge Standard Parts Administrator to manage the standard parts database

The Database Administrator helps manage the parts in your standard parts database. It allows you to do such things as:

To access the Solid Edge Standard Parts Administrator, on the Start menu, point to All Programs, then point to Solid Edge ST6, then point to Standard Parts, and then click Administrator.

Adding characteristics and custom properties to a standard part

Standard part characteristics are parameters used primarily for selecting a desired single part from an end category. Characteristics do usually correspond to some property of the single part, such as. length, thread diameter, nominal size, or material. Each part within an end category must have unique combination of the characteristic values.

The end category, also known as the category, is a collection of similar parts which differ typically by some parameters set by characteristic values. All parts included in an end category must have the same set of characteristics.

The category node is a collection of parts classified by other sub-categories and finally by end categories, which have some common feature. For example, parts may be grouped by a particular standard, such as ANSI or DIN, then within that category as part type, then into an end category such as bolt or nut.

The Extends Existing Part(s) command, located on the menu when you right-click a part in the Standard Parts dialog box, adds new characteristics and custom properties to a standard part. When you select the command anAdd New Standard Parts wizard takes you through the process of adding characteristics and custom properties.

Wizard step


Select new category and extending characteristics

Specifies the category for the new part and adds new characteristics and custom properties for the new category.

Use the Add Characteristic button to add a new characteristic and the Add Custom Property button to add a custom property for the part.

Specify values for extending characteristics

Specifies a number of values for each extending characteristic and values for the characteristics.

Edit patterns for new Part Names

Edits the pattern that is used to generate the Part Names attribute for the new parts.

Enter the values for parts and properties

Enters values for the new parts and properties.

Select the visual navigation category (optional)

Assigns a visual category for the new standard parts, making it easier to select the parts.

Write part information

Displays the part information that is added for the part. When you click Finish, the parts are added to the database.

After adding the information to the dialog box, click the Next button to proceed to the next dialog box in the series.

When adding characteristics and properties, the characteristic values drive custom property values if they have the same name. On the Enter the values for part and properties step of the wizard, select the Synchronize File Properties with Characteristics of the Same Name option to synchronize the values. Custom property values do not drive or set characteristic values of the same name.

To be displayed in the actual file properties for reports such as BOMs and parts lists, the characteristic property must have a file property of the same name. Any edits to the Characteristic values must be manually synchronized to appear with the correct value in the actual part file.

Adding standard parts to an assembly

You can use the Standard Parts command, located on the Parts Library tab in the lower left pane in the Assembly environment, to display the Standard Parts dialog box. With the Standard Parts dialog box you can:

Standard parts and Insight installation

You can use standard parts with Insight. To do this, there are a few Insight (server/client) installation requirements that must be met. The minimum supported role at Share Point is "Contributor" for all users. The Solid Edge Standard Parts system has many limitations for Insight localization that are derived from Share Point and Insight limitations and rules. These limitations are grouped in two categories:

Global limitations
Workstation limitations

With Solid Edge V20 you can use Insight in two modes:

All on Insight
Generated parts and working folder on Insight
Storing standard parts in Insight

You can specify a SharePoint URL for the standard parts folder so that your master parts and generated parts are stored in Insight. SharePoint does not allow you to create folders or files that contain the following characters:

/ \ * ? " < > | # { } % & ~ tab or multiple periods

You can use Solid Edge Administrator to specify the location of the Standard Parts SAC file. You can store the SAC file in a SharePoint document library.

Adding standard parts to Insight

To add a standard part to Insight:

  1. Install Standard Parts to a local drive or network drive.

  2. Use the Standard Parts Configuration Wizard to specify the Insight location for the parts folder, working folder, and the network location for the database.

  3. In Insight Connect, use the Add to Library command to add the standard parts folder (parent parts and preview).

  4. In Insight Connect, use the Add to Library command to upload the working folder. If the working folder is empty, it will not get created in the Insight location and must be created manually

  5. In Standard Parts Administrator, use the Add Parts command to populate the database.

  6. In Insight Connect, use the File Locations tab on the Options dialog box to specify the of the SMAPINIFile.sac file.


The Managed Standard Parts option on the File Locations page establishes a document library or folder within a document library that Life Cycle Assistant (LCA) considers the root for the Solid Edge Standard Parts Library. Life Cycle Assistant allows the managed Standard Part to participate in all status change activities, but does not move the document with a change in status. The option is available in Solid Edge and Insight Connect (View and Markup).

Standard parts administration installation (Teamcenter)
  1. Install Teamcenter Express Client, Solid Edge and Solid Edge Embedded Client on all workstations.

  2. Install Standard Parts on the workstation you want to use for remote Standard Parts administration . When asked for the location, change the destination folder to some UNC location that is accessible from this workstation.

  3. Complete the installation.

  4. If needed, install the Standard Parts full version of libraries.

  5. Launch the Standard Parts Configuration Wizard.

    • Select the Store Parts in Teamcenter option.

    • Click on Save.

  6. Launch DataBase Administrator to add your parts into database.

Standard parts workstation installation (Teamcenter)
  1. Once the administrative workstation has been set up, use the File Locations tab on the Options dialog box to set the Standard Parts SAC file location to the appropriate Share Point URL. The SAC file must be located in the UNC path which has been set during the Standard Parts administration installation.

Standard parts folder properties

When working with standard parts, make sure that the Inherit Parent Permissions option is not set for the Standard Parts top-level folder.

To update your standard parts folder, do the following:
  1. Click the right mouse button on the top folder (Solid Edge Standard Parts).

  2. On the short-cut menu, click Properties.

  3. On the Properties dialog box, select the Security tab.

  4. On the dialog box, click the Advanced.

  5. On the Advanced Security Settings dialog, clear the Inherit From Parent the Permission Entries That Apply to Child Objects. Include These Entries Explicitly Defined Here option.

  6. On the Advanced Security Setting dialog, set the permissions as you need and then click the Replace Permission Entries on All Child Objects With Entries Shown Here That Apply to Child Objects. option and click OK. Another Security dialog will display while the folder permissions are updated.  Allow this to complete.

  7. On the folder Properties dialog, click OK.

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