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Edge Software launches UGS Solid Edge version 20

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UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, has released version 20 of Solid Edge Software, its industry-leading, 3D computer-aided design (CAD) solution.

With hundreds of enhancements, the new version delivers key functionality for plant equipment design as well as increases engineering productivity and design collaboration across the entire global value chain.

Solid Edge V20 is the new release of UGS’ hybrid 2D/3D CAD software and the premier design-centric solution in the mid-range CAD industry.

Solid Edge is the CAD component of the UGS velocity series portfolio targeted specifically at the needs of mid-sized manufacturing companies.

“Solid Edge V20 delivers substantial increases in engineering productivity through many industry firsts,” says Barry Bevis, MD of Edge Software.

“For example, V20’s 2D goal seeking technology breaks new ground in the CAD industry, while the addition of zones to our assembly modeller is a first for mid-range CAD. This opens up many new possibilities for design optimisation in plant equipment design and shop floor layout. We also continue to improve design collaboration through tight integration with Teamcenter Express for cPDM.”

Massive assembly capabilities broaden footprint in plant equipment design market:

Companies such as Siemens VAI Clecim, Anglo Platinum and Krones uses Solid Edge’s leading advanced assembly design capabilities to layout their factory floors and plant equipment, which often have assemblies of more than 100,000 parts.

Solid Edge V20 takes the next step to making it even easier to layout factory floors with actual machine geometry, as well as deal with other large assemblies in industries like heavy industrial vehicles, large mechanical machinery, and process and power by becoming the first mid-range modeller to add assembly zones for massive assembly design.

In addition, Solid Edge continues its 64-bit architecture development with more applications available, as well as improved performance, which aid users working with massive assemblies.

The German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) is one of the leading accelerator centres. “Typical assembly size that we use in our daily work consists of about 5000 parts, large assemblies being between 30,000 and 50,000 parts,” said Josef Gonschior, design engineer, DESY (Germany).

“The advantage of the new Zone command in Solid Edge V20 provides is a targeted separation of the working area and better performance due to less geometry.

As a result, we are able to work with several developers on even bigger assemblies. The Zone command gives us the insight in adjacent assemblies that are used by others.”

Design collaboration across the value chain to support PLM:

Solid Edge V20 improves supply chain collaboration through integration with the new Teamcenter Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

This allows improved access to the central database from remote locations via wide area networks.

A new “Auto-constrain in Assembly” feature adds parametric intelligence to imported data regardless of origin or translation method.

In addition, a new dynamic reviewing capability for direct editing provides real-time feedback when editing imported models.

Solid Edge V20 also introduces new translators to help users transition from AutoCAD to Solid Edge, collaborate with Catia V5, and read the STL file format for easy file sharing with a variety of systems.

Hatch (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) has been serving the mining and metals, energy and infrastructure markets for more than 50 years and in 80 countries.

“Design collaboration within our organisation and outward to our suppliers and clients is always a challenge,” said John Matthews, mechanical designer, Hatch.

“By using Solid Edge, we have been able to streamline our communication to complete our projects more efficiently.

For example, we used Solid Edge to design six different Coilbox designs for customers in Korea, Ukraine, China and the United Kingdom.

The original model was modified, improved and reused. With the new tools in Solid Edge V20, specifically the AutoCAD translation, we are able to communicate up and down our supply chain efficiently.”

Engineering enhancements increase productivity:

Solid Edge V20 adds more than 170 enhancements to part design and drafting that drive further productivity gains, including:

  • Goal Seeking to solve 2D engineering scenarios that are more easily express graphically than with equations in real time. Knowing the target value of an engineering calculation, goal seeking allows users to set certain parameters, while the system varies other factors to achieve the desired result. Results can be used to drive 3D geometry in a true hybrid 2D/3D design environment
  • Advanced feature libraries, including part feature grouping to streamlines reuse of common features.
  • Tabulated drawings to create a single drawing for an entire family of parts


Solid Edge V20 will be available in English this quarter and in nine additional languages shortly thereafter.

Consistent with its “native Microsoft” strategy, Solid Edge V20 now supports Windows Vista, Internet Explorer 7 and direct 3D graphics.

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