UGS, represented in Australia by Edge Software , has released version 16 of Solid Edge, a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system for the mainstream product lifecycle management (PLM) market.
It has been expanded to ease the design of complex process equipment. Solid Edge provides tools for the design of process equipment. Process equipment combines a maze of pipes, frames and pumps with mixing and monitoring devices to form large and complex equipment for use in industries such as oil and gas, chemical processing and pharmaceuticals.
It can design assemblies with more than 100,000 parts. Version 16 can provide accurate virtual prototypes that reduce time to market and errors for process equipment and other industries.
Piping Systems Design uses Solid Edge XpresRoute technology to create predefined paths for pipes to follow through an assembly. Once established, paths are populated with the proper pipes and fittings to create a virtual mockup of the piping system complete with bills of material and cut lists. Standard piping libraries may be user-defined or licensed separately as an additional option.
Frame Design develops rigid frame structures for process equipment and other machinery by creating a 3D sketch of a frame skeleton, complete with its relationships. Standard structural cross sections are then used to automatically create the 3D model of the frame and its cut lists for bill-of-material and down stream processing. Additional weld features may be added as required.
In addition to these process equipment-specific enhancements, Solid Edge has also added increased capabilities to its Systems Design and Hybrid 2D/3D strategies. These enhancements include features for adjustable parts, fastener systems and dynamic families of assemblies. These deliver more flexibility during the design process.