In addition to supporting the part modeling and sheet-metal design delivered in earlier versions, synchronous-based models now can be used directly with all assembly applications such as piping, frames, wiring, and assembly features. The software also provides synchronous-based part-to-part associativity that lets users establish and alter design intent before, during, or after the assembly design process. Solid Edge ST3 can work with both synchronous and nonsynchronous features in the same integrated design environment.
That is, users can leverage synchronous features for accelerated design and flexible edits while adding ordered features for designing process-type parts such as cast or machined parts. Ordered features in existing models can be moved selectively to the synchronous environment, providing designers with maximum flexibility and ease of use. The integrated design approach lets users preserve existing ordered designs but selectively move features to synchronous features when edits are needed outside the creation method.
Manufacturing dimensions on 2D drawings now can be automatically transferred to a corresponding, imported 3D model. The resulting as-manufactured 3D dimensions can be edited immediately to modify the imported 3D model using synchronous technology. New methods in Solid Edge ST3 take manufacturing dimensions from 2D drawings and migrate them to 3D driving dimensions on imported 3D models. This image shows newly added manufacturing dimensions such as distance between holes and overall height across multiple features.
Building on its integrated simulation application, Solid Edge ST3 includes new simulations for torque and bearing loads, user-defined constraints, and assembly connections such as bolt and sheet-metal edge connectors.
Users can achieve faster results with model simplification tools and better visualization capabilities that display the inside of the model. Models can be refined using synchronous technology or ordered methods. Solid Edge ST3 allows design validation of parts and assemblies earlier in the product development process for shorter times to market and reduced physical prototyping costs.
With enhanced load and constraint simulations such as torque and bearing loads, bolt connectors, welds, and custom constraints, designers can analyze more realistic scenarios. Model simplification can be used to remove insignificant features such as grooves and small holes.
Solid Edge ST3 with the Insight data management solution takes advantage of Microsoft SharePoint to further expand its scalable data-management strategy. Using the latest SharePoint platform extends collaboration to a wider range of CAD and non-CAD users by expanding capabilities for project management, business analytics, and social media.
Siemens has added integrated simulation capabilities and has automated some tasks to make simulation easier for all users.
Models can be simplified for analysis, constraints added, and a mesh is automatically generated. The company notes that ST makes it easy to adjust a design in response to simulation results. At the end of the process a report is generated. Throughout their introduction of ST3, Siemens has stressed the productivity enhancements that save time and enhance design exploration. The company is developing on Microsoft SharePoint.
It offers a better, faster design experience. Solid Edge is primarily a tool for mechanical engineering, not conceptual industrial design, a role intended to be fulfilled by the other Siemens PLM product, NX. For instance ordered features can be used to add complex surfaces or blends to the existing synchronous geometry. They could also be used to document such things as the machining steps applied to a synchronous casting. By starting simulation early in design, changes are made when they are easiest, time-to-manufacture is shortened, and cost-to-manufacture can be reduced. We have detected that you are using an Ad Blocker and kindly ask you to consider placing Cadalyst. In addition to support for part modeling and sheet metal design delivered in earlier versions, synchronous-based models can now be used directly with all assembly applications — such as piping, frames, wiring, and assembly features.
ST3 takes advantage of SharePoint for scalable data management. The company says the SharePoint relationship gives them a common platform for CAD and non-CAD workers who want to access content for a variety of applications including project management, to create bill-of-materials, collaboration, and review. The ability to access information through the design process lets workers refine product related information as a product is readied for market. Similar to the way Dassault has managed SolidWorks, Siemens has built a full range of products for design and product management line around Solid Edge.
It sees Solid Edge as a product for mid-size and small companies or for divisions within larger enterprises. Siemens is selling systems and so the two product divisions will continue to be maintained as separate entities.
However, the company promises to put more marketing oomph behind the Velocity Series. The company is going to have to prove its commitment to Solid Edge over the long haul. We are at the beginning of the return of Solid Edge. Come to think of it, is that a relevant question?
Marketing to the enterprise is a completely different proposition than marketing to the mainstream. Culturally, Siemens is enterprise through and through. We will see what happens this time.
The Velocity team is actively re-engaging with users through the blogosphere and reaching out directly to users. The product looks great. Beta users and selected members of the media who have already seen ST3 say it is a powerful update of Solid Edge. The ability to work freely in synchronous or non-synchronous modes is a great addition, and finally brings fullness to the term Synchronous Technology. When design teams figure out how to apply the built-in simulation to work flow, productivity will increase. Your email address will not be published. Subscribe me to your mailing list.
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