Siemens PLM Software is to release the latest version of its Solid Edge software this summer.
Solid Edge ST8 enables customers to use synchronous technology, complex sketching functionality and 3D feature recognition to intuitively produce realistic and more accurate designs faster and with more precise dimension control. This accelerates the modelling process and reduces time-to-market.
The updated software also allows customers to create welding drawings for individual parts that can be placed into the full assembly file, easily extract property data from a drawing, and accurately simulate and predict kinematic conditions to produce enhanced digital mock-ups to reduce the need for physical prototypes.
Speaking during a press briefing, Dan Staples, vice president of Mainstream Engineering at Siemens PLM Software, also explained that Solid Edge ST8’s ‘like me’ functionality enables it to recognise patterns in drawings.
“The past few Solid Edge versions have recognised patterns in hole formations, but now users can highlight any type of arbitrary geometric shape – such as an angle on a cog – and the software will find the same pattern elsewhere in the drawing,” he said. “Solid Edge ST8 also offers more predictable geometry edits, a new command functionality that supports changes to constant, variable and compound designs, and enables users to edit Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to make changes to Solid Edge drawings.”
In addition, the full version of Solid Edge ST8 can now be used on all devices running Microsoft’s multi-touch Windows 8.1 operating system including tablets, laptops and desktops.
“Solid Edge has complete functionality on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 device and will intuitively alter the drawing if the user is working with the Surface Pen, or the view if they are using their fingers,“ said Staples. “The ability to use Solid Edge on a mobile device will be a real game changer in terms of our customers’ productivity. Users will be able to make real-time changes to drawings while they are in the workshop, meetings or when they are with a customers, which will improve collaboration.
Solid Edge ST8 also provides extended access to in-product learning tools, online community and the new Solid Edge App Marketplace, which enables customers to find, compare and purchase complementary apps that partners have developed to extend the capabilities of Solid Edge. This will help customers to further enhance product development and become more productive.
“Siemens is committed to creating a network of partners for Solid Edge who represent the leading technologies in their fields, as well as to providing an open, extensible architecture that supports rapid development,” said John Miller, senior vice president of Mainstream Engineering at Siemens PLM Software. “The new Solid Edge App Marketplace will help provide our customers and partners a strong return on their product lifecycle management investment through a strategy of helping partners develop and sell, and customers find and start using the products that help enhance productivity and realise innovation.”
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