Introducing Solid Edge

Solid Edge is a 3D CAD, parametric feature and synchronous technology solid modelling software. It runs on Microsoft Windows and provides solid modelling and 2D orthographic view functionality for mechanical designer.

There are many 3D CAD applications available in the today’s modern market. However, the number of Solid Edge users increase every day due to user-friendliness of the program as well as the drastically reduced time required for product design, development as well as modifications and optimisations.

Solid Edge has a user friendly nature due to a number of capabilities this software contains:

SmartStep: For each feature creation command, Solid Edge provides a ribbon shape command bar called SmartStep. SmartStep is a powerful exclusive Solid Edge tool which guide users through the the steps needed to create a feature successfully.

QuickPick: One of the challenges many conventional CAD packages are facing with is selection of an antitiy specially when working with large assemblies. To make the selection process easy and accurate, Solid Edge has introduced a smart feature called QuickPick which allow users to select the the entity among all possible entities the mouse cursor is hovers over.

IntelliSketch: IntelliSketch helps users to create fast sketch elements with high accuracy as well as applying sketch constraints, etc. It provides instant feedback about the accuracy and relations of entities of the sketches as well.

What is Synchronous Technology?

Siemens PLM Software’s Solid Edge® software with synchronous technology (ST) combines industry-leading part and assembly modelling tools with the cloud capabilities you need to propel your product development further than ever before.

Unshackled from the constraints of traditional computer-aided design (CAD) systems and coupled with some of the industry’s best data migration tools makes Solid Edge the choice for modelling excellence.

With the freedom to choose how you deploy, license and maintain the software, and how and where you store your data, it has never been easier or more cost-effective to design the world’s most complex products.

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Solid Edge 2019 Highlights and News

Solid Edge Cam Pro (Computer Aided Manufacturing)
Build world class products accurately and efficiently using the latest manufacturing techniques.

Solid Edge manufacturing solutions help manufacturers to define and execute a wide range of traditional and new manufacturing processes including CNC machining, nesting, cutting, bending, welding, assembling and additive manufacturing.

These software solutions work directly on your Solid Edge part, sheet metal and assembly models ensuring accurate and efficient manufacturing processes, and the manufacturing instructions created using these solutions can be easily updated to reflect changes in the underlying design.


Introducing Solid Edge Electrical
Solid edge Electrical consists of Solid Edge Wiring Design and Solid Edge Harness Design. Solid Edge Electrical provides direct data exchange with Solid Edge, which is very helpful in keeping harness design data in sync.

Solid Edge Wiring Design and Solid Edge Harness Design provide benefits such as wiring diagram creation, electrical design validation, and rapid graphical layout of harness designs.

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Solid Edge Flow Simulation
Solid Edge 2019 introduces Solid Edge flow simulation — FloEFD for Solid Edge — which integrates industry standard computational fluid dynamics (CFD) directly into your design process.

FloEFD is a full-featured 3D computational fluid dynamics analysis solution built into major MCAD systems including Solid Edge. FloEFD enables users to move CFD simulation early into the design process where it can help engineers examine trends and dismiss less desirable design options.

FloEFD for Solid Edge is the only powerful computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis tool that is fully embedded into Solid Edge. It enables design engineers to frontload CFD by moving simulation early into the design process where it is more cost effective to identify and fix problems and enhance productivity by x2 to x40.

FloEFD is:
1. Embedded in Solid Edge – one interface, one model
2. Intuitive and easy-to-use
3. Fast and has robust convergence criteria even for highly complex geometry
4. Accurate due to use of intelligent technology
Experience streamlined workflows, faster results, and increased productivity with FloEFD.

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Solid Edge Portal
It is a cloud-based application that allows you to securely share your designs with internal and external collaborators around the world.
Solid Edge Portal is:
• Browser-based access for viewing CAD files on your phone, tablet, Chromebook, Mac, PC and more
• Share files with your shop floor, customers or partners
• Explore models with viewing tools: rotate and pan, section, and automatic assembly explode
• Capture feedback with mark up
Secure sharing and collaboration
• Secure password-based access
• Encryption on upload and download
• Access control allows you to define download or view-only

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Solid Edge Requirements Management
Solid Edge Requirements Management is a powerful solution with many project management tools and features that save time and help to reduce costly mistakes. Solid Edge Requirements Management offers instant access to
product requirements, ID task tagging, interactive workflows and easy communication with management and executives. Requirements Management administrators and project managers can provide specific permissions like commenting and approval rights to further manage project interactions. Solid Edge Requirements Management also offers security features such as role- and credential-based authentication. These features provide strict access guidelines for an optimal project workflow.
Benefits:
• Organise inputs for mechanical design
• Easily assess design and requirements changes
• Demonstrate contract fulfilment
• Meet compliance and quality standards

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Cost Effective Tools
Design for Cost.
For manufacturing companies, the most important consideration after product innovation and quality is how costs will affect their ability to compete in the global marketplace. Developing detailed cost knowledge and maximum transparency in the design phase is indispensable for achieving excellent product cost management.
Solid Edge 2019 introduces a new tool to assist you with designing your sheet metal parts in the most cost effective way possible. Solid Edge users with a Premium or Classic license can use commands in the Design for Cost docking window to analyse the geometry of a Solid Edge sheet metal part (.psm) and estimate the cost to manufacture the item.
From now, you will be more efficient with your quotation preparation process.

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Generative Design.
Generative design brings topology optimization to Solid Edge, enabling designers to define material, design space, permissible loads and constraints and a target weight—while Solid Edge takes care of the rest. Solid Edge automatically computes a geometric solution that can be immediately manufactured on 3D printers or further refined for traditional manufacturing. This leads to cost savings not just from reduced weight and materials, but also in terms of time saved for the design engineer.

Modular Plant Design
Solid Edge P&ID Design provides 2D flow diagram and symbol support for P&ID creation, supporting ANSI/ISA, DIN, and EN ISO standards to meet strict governing requirements, linked 3D piping and Isogen® output, ensuring that your products are designed right—the first time, and every time.
Solid Edge Piping Design provides automated 3D piping design with comprehensive 3D part libraries and fully automated isometric drawing output for plant design. This solution includes fully automated isometric drawing output via PCF format using integrated ISOGEN® functionality. Tubes and hoses of the same length in different assemblies—even if they are flexed differently—maintain the same BOM number, reducing erroneous manufacturing and ordering downstream. Solid Edge Piping Design also supports routing through parts, allowing faster packaging design, and flexible tube and hose design with a fixed length option.

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Solid Edge Technical Publications
The ability to clearly communicate the correct manufacturing, installation and maintenance procedures for your designs is essential to the performance of your products and the success of your business. Using Solid Edge technical publications solutions, your designers can quickly create many types of technical documents—from simple illustrations for end user manuals to interactive 3D technical documents for manufacturing and service. You can reduce the need for specialist technical authors or external services and produce top quality documents in-house.
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Design Faster with Synchronous Technology

Solid Edge uses synchronous technology developed by Siemens. Synchronous technology lets you finally spend your time and resources on actually designing instead of being slowed down by your system.

These videos can assist you in understanding the software, as well as exploring new elements that may enhance your experience.

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Solid Edge Subscriptions and Online Store

Solid Edge Flexible Licensing is now available in Australia.

Solid Edge users can now license Solid Edge in the traditional manner with a Perpetual License and optional Maintenance & Support or on a Rental or Subscription basis.

Companies can now choose the Solid Edge licensing option that best aligns to their projects and budgets. This will make it easier for Solid Edge customers to increase productivity, get to market faster and lower their total cost of ownership.

There are four packages levels available with Solid Edge and each package can be licensed on a Perpetual or Subscription/Rental basis.

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Solid Edge Rendering

Key Shot 7.3 Embedded Within Solid Edge
Learn more  How Key Shot 7.3 can help you in your design.

The KeyShot solution is a real-time ray-tracing and global illumination program used to create 3D renderings, animations and interactive visuals. It has an incredibly simple user interface with drag-n-drop material and environment pre-sets and the ability to turn any object into a point light, area light or IES light profile.

Luxion develops their own CPU-based rendering technology, so no special graphics cards are needed and they are not dependent on outside development for support or driver updates by using  3D rendering you accelerate your design.

• Simple Interface
KeyShot’s simple user interface is minimal, but powerful, with all the options you need for advanced visualisation and none of the clutter to impede workflow.

• Rendering Speed
The speed you have within KeyShot cannot be compared. Whether you’re on a small laptop or a networked server with multiple CPUs, KeyShot will use all the cores available.

• Realtime Rendering
Everything inside KeyShot happens in realtime. KeyShot uses unique rendering technology which makes it possible to see all changes to materials, lighting, and cameras instantly.

• Accurate
KeyShot is the most accurate rendering solution for your 3D data. KeyShot is built on Luxion’s internally developed, physically correct render engine based on research in the areas of scientifically accurate material representation and global illumination

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Solid Edge Simulation- Automatic Finite Element Model Creation

Solid Edge Simulation

Solid Edge Simulation software is an easyto-use, built-in finite element analysis tool that enables design engineers to digitally validate part and assembly designs within the Solid Edge environment.

Based on proven Femap™ finite element modeling technology, Solid Edge Simulation significantly reduces the need for physical prototypes, thereby reducing material and testing costs, while saving design time.

For Use By Design Engineers

This optional, built-in Solid Edge application uses the same underlying geometry and user interface as all Solid Edge applications. Solid Edge Simulation is easy enough for any Solid Edge user who has a fundamental understanding of FEA principles, yet robust enough to service most of your analysis needs.

Simulation Features

  • Part, sheet metal and assembly contact modeling with realistic component interaction.

  • Realistic operating environment modeling with full complement of loads and constraint definitions.

  • Automatic finite element model creation with optional manual override.

  • Embedded finite element analysis for design engineers.
  • Ability to maintain loads and constraints during model changes.

  • Synchronous technology for fast model redesigns.

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System Requirements

Operating System Requirements

Latest system requirements can be found on
https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/solid-edge/design/system_requirements.shtml

This release of Solid Edge has been certified to run on the following:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional (64-bit only) version 1709 or later..
  • Windows 8 or 8.1 are not supported.
  • Internet Explorer 11 (Solid Edge does not support the Windows 10 browser, Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer is not required to be the default browser).

  • Microsoft Office Professional 2013, Microsoft Office Professional 2016, or Microsoft Office 365. Solid Edge ST9 was the last release to support Office 2010.

Solid Edge 2019 is 64-bit only. Solid Edge ST6 was the last release of 32-bit Solid Edge. Windows Home and Windows RT are not supported.We recommend that you do not run Solid Edge on Server operating systems. Solid Edge stops certifying new releases against an operating system shortly after Microsoft drops mainstream support for it. Solid Edge 2019 will not install on Windows

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Hardware System Requirements

This release of Solid Edge has been certified to run on the following:

Recommended system configuration:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise or Professional (64-bit only) version 1709 or later

  • 8 GB RAM or more
  • True Color (32-bit) or 16 million colors (24-bit).
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 or higher.

Minimum system configuration:

  • Any one of the following operating systems:

    Windows 10 Enterprise or Professional (64-bit only) version 1709 or later

    Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise (64-bit only).

  • 4 GB RAM or more.
  • 65K colors.
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 or higher.
  • 6.5 GB of disk space is required to install Solid Edge.
It is not recommended that you run Solid Edge on Server operating systems.

It should be installed at local machine.

For more information about Solid Edge compatibility:

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Display System Requirements and Information

For optimal performance, it is recommended to use a professional graphics card that is designed for CAD applications. For information about cards used in testing Solid Edge and results, refer to graphics certification table.

Note that running with extremely high screen resolution and color depth increases the memory requirements on the system and may result in apparent performance degradation. If experienced, lower the resolution and color depth for improved performance.

When running Solid Edge, if you experience an abnormally high abort rate, parts disappearing, or other graphic anomalies, you may not be using the appropriate graphics driver. For more details visit:
graphics certification table.

Also, setting Display Fonts to Large Fonts or Extra Large Fonts (larger than 96 DPI) may cause some Solid Edge user interface items to not display as intended. To resolve these issues, use Normal Fonts (96 DPI). A wide-screen ribbon layout is used by Solid Edge. This ribbon layout is optimal for horizontal screen resolutions set to 1920 or above. Solid Edge automatically detects your resolution and sets the ribbon layout to wide-screen starting at horizontal resolutions 1600 and above. You will see some group collapsing on the right side of the Ribbon on resolutions between 1600 and 1920.

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Independent Review: Generative Design & the Future of CAD

Siemens PLM has announced the impending arrival of Solid Edge ST10 and with it, a host of new tools that will make design, simulation and manufacturing easier to manage. Early this year, the Solid Edge team released a sneak peek of its product. However, details of the most dramatic improvements were held back at that time. The announcement now sheds light on the many new features and capabilities users have been looking forward to.

Over the past five years, generative design has been one of the hottest topics driving CAD. Generative design allows engineers to specify an overall box volume a part must fit in, the forces the part will be subject to — as well as add specific parameters such as materials, manufacturing and cost limitations. The software will take all this into consideration to try to determine the optimum part. One type of generative design is topology optimization, which is the iterative process of reworking and optimizing a model in a way that can reduce the volume of the part, therefore its weight and cost. To build these optimized parts, powerful simulation algorithms are employed to add material where a part needs to be stronger and remove it where it is not necessary.
Although many of the shapes that are created by generative design tools can be difficult to manufacture with anything but 3D printing, the visualization of these optimized products can be very useful in making design decisions that would have been impossible in the past..

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How You Gain an Edge with Solid Edge?

Your CAD software should help you work smarter, not harder.

That’s why there’s Solid Edge, a hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous technology that finally frees you of the limitations of your traditional CAD software.

Want to edit dimensions easily?
Re-use imported data without the hassle?
They’re easy to do and more with Solid Edge.

Solid Edge 3D CAD Benefits

More Benefits

Solid Edge makes creating and editing 3D product designs faster and easier through our unique synchronous technology- combining the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design.
Solid Edge provides a complete sheet metal design system with support for the entire design-through-fabrication process. Straight brake, rolled or transition type components can be created complete with flanges, holes, relief and corner options. You can validate designs for manufacturing, document the bend sequence and send flat pattern DXF files directly to production.
Solid Edge makes it easy to design assemblies and manage part relationships, whether you’re dealing with a few components or hundreds of thousands of parts. Outstanding large assembly technology allows you to manage, build and view assemblies in real time, without sacrificing performance. Comprehensive digital prototyping capabilities allow you to build entire 3D digital prototypes and optimize your designs before production.
Solid Edge contains an innovative set of capabilities for the 2D documentation process. You can quickly and easily create production-ready drafting and documentation.
Bring your models to life with photo-realistic rendering. Solid Edge offers built-in rendering through integration with Luxion’s KeyShot technology, allowing you to create photo-realistic images and animations from within the modeling environment.
  • Advanced Sheet Metal Design – Best in its class.
  • Beautiful Photo-realistic Rendering – key shot included with Solid Edge ST9 Classic.
  • Synchronous Technology for Fast, Flexible Design – only system in the market today that can provide you revolutionary features like native editing.
  • Faster 2D Drawing Production – quickly and easily create production-ready drafting and documentation.
  • Unmatched Design Mobility – Design better – from anywhere – when you run Solid Edge 3D design software on the Microsoft Surface™ Pro.

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Fast and Flexible Design Creation

With integrated 2D and 3D sketching, Solid Edge synchronous technology allows you to begin your concept designs immediately, without tedious preplanning.
Solid Edge’s history-free approach to 3D CAD means that you can work directly with your design geometry, and make changes instantly.

Even while taking advantage of the design flexibility of direct modeling, the synchronous technology also allows you to maintain control with organized feature trees where needed.

Quick Response to Late-stage Design Changes

When a late stage design change stands between you and a deadline, Solid Edge synchronous technology means that it is easy to make requested changes, even to history-based 3D CAD models.

By simply updating reference dimensions, or pushing and pulling on geometry, you can quickly and easily make changes to any model, without worrying about feature failures, rebuild issues or time-consuming rework.

Editing Imported 3D CAD Data

With Solid Edge synchronous technology, importing a file from another 3D CAD system is as simple as opening it – and editing imported data is just as easy. Simply click and drag features, or add and edit dimensions “on-the-fly”, and Solid Edge will automatically make intelligent updates as if a history tree existed.

The unique power of synchronous technology allows you to easily collaborate with suppliers and partners, and treat multi-CAD data just like native files.

Improved Design Re-use from Other 3D CAD Models

With Solid Edge synchronous technology, you can easily re-use 3D design detail from other models, saving you time and effort when creating new designs.

With just a simple copy and paste, Solid Edge allows you to transfer design detail from one project to another, and treats files in other CAD formats just like they were native Solid Edge files.

Simultaneous Editing of Assembly Multiple Parts

Solid Edge allows you to easily edit multiple parts in an assembly, without time-consuming history-based edits or the nee d to create links between parts.

Synchronous technology allows you to make simultaneous changes by simply selecting and dragging the parts within an assembly.

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Join Our Solid Edge Training Courses:

EDGE plm understands the importance and training to the successful adoption of our products. However no two companies are the same and their training requirements often require a different or tailored approach which is why we have developed our flexible approach to training and mentoring.

We offer scheduled classroom-style training, bespoke training to suit customer requirements as well as one to one mentoring for any of our customers around Australia and New Zealand. Our Solid Edge training courses are created with the aim to get participants up to speed with current industry software quickly and effectively, giving you and your company the competitive edge.

Our experienced and qualified instructors run a range of training courses designed to suit your exact requirements, whether this consists of scheduled classroom training at our offices, customised courses delivered at your site, or online sessions.

Please call us on 1300 883 653 or send us an email [email protected] for our latest training schedule or to enquire about specialised training and mentoring services.

Solid Edge Foundation Part 1

This course is the follow on from the initial foundation course. It covers a foundation review, providing an opportunity to revisit and answer any questions from the initial course. It covers Drafting in [...]

Solid Edge Foundation Part 2

This course is the follow on from the initial foundation course. It covers a foundation review, providing an opportunity to revisit and answer any questions from the initial course. It covers Drafting in far [...]

Solid Edge Sheet Metal & Framing

The course focuses on sheet metal design tools, from the creation of simple sheet metal folded parts to the adding of deformation features and the subsequent creation of flat pattern blanks and 2D drawings. [...]

Solid Edge Surfacing

Delegates attending this course must have completed the foundation course or have been using Solid Edge for a minimum of 3 months. This course offers an introduction to the concepts of surface modelling, particularly [...]

Solid Edge Advanced Assembly

This course is designed for users that wish to improve their overall Assembly knowledge and students will be given instruction on how to make full use of the advanced assembly modelling functions for both [...]

Solid Edge Advanced Part Modelling

The course aims to improve the productivity of users when designing with Solid Edge. It includes a knowledge assessment test and sessions aimed at the correct approach to advanced modelling techniques for parts and [...]

Femap 101 Training Course

Talk to us to find more details and the next available course. This course designed to improve the productivity of users when designing with Femap. It includes a knowledge assessment test and sessions aimed at [...]

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