Siemens PLM Software has announced the next advancement in 3D CAD by adding synchronous technology to the next version of Solid Edge.
This is the PLM industry’s history-free, feature based modelling technology that provides users with up to 100 times faster design experience than ever before.
This new patent-pending technology combines ideal constraint-driven techniques with direct modelling and is being integrated into the next version of Solid Edge software.
“Siemens recognised the potential of synchronous technology during the due diligence process of acquiring UGS,” said Anton Huber, CEO, Siemens Industry Automation Division.
“Knowing that the digital model is at the heart of our shared vision to unify the product and production lifecycles, we have worked together to accelerate this breakthrough in CAD technology.”
“The digital model impacts every phase of the PLM process and is key to delivering innovation faster than ever before. This technology will fundamentally change the way manufacturers design products and enable them to accelerate their innovation process, ultimately driving increases in top line revenue.”
New CAD buzzword synchronous technology
According to Barry Bevis, managing director of Solid Edge Australasian distributor Edge Software , the next CAD buzzword will be synchronous technology.
“It will give engineers an instantaneous modelling experience, allowing them to think about what they want to model and not how they want to model.”
History-free, feature-based modelling
The technology is an ideal design solution that simultaneously synchronises geometry and rules through a new decision-making inference engine. It accelerates innovation in four key areas:
Fast idea capture:
Synchronous technology captures ideas as fast as the user thinks them, with up to 100 times faster design experience. Designers can devote more time to innovation with new techniques that provide the efficiency of parametric dimension-driven modelling without the computational overhead of pre-planned dependencies.
The technology defines optionally persistent dimensions, parameters and design rules at time of creation or edit, without the overhead of an ordered history.
Fast design changes:
The technology automates the implementation of planned or unplanned design changes to seconds versus hours through ease of editing, regardless of design origination, with or without the presence of a history tree.
Improved multi-CAD reuse:
The technology allows users to reuse data from other CAD systems without remodelling. Users can succeed in a multi-CAD environment with a fast, flexible system that enables them to edit other CAD system data faster than they can in the original system, regardless of the design methodology.
A technique called suggestive selection automatically infers the function of various design elements without the need for feature or constraint definitions. This increases design reuse and OEM/supplier efficiency.
New user experience:
The technology provides a new user interaction experience that simplifies CAD and makes 3D as easy to use as 2D. The interaction paradigm merges historically independent 2D and 3D environments, providing the robustness of a mature 3D modeller with the ease of 2D.
New inference technology automatically infers common constraints and executes typical commands based on cursor position. This makes design tools simple to learn and use for occasional users, driving downstream use to manufacturing engineering and the shop floor.
“While there have been important advances in 3D design technology over the years, designers have not been able to create persistent features without the computational overhead needed to re-compute models from the construction history,” said Chuck Grindstaff, executive vice president of products, Siemens PLM Software.
“Traditional parametric modelling serially applies rules to geometry, helping to automate planned change but not addressing unanticipated engineering changes,” said Chuck Grindstaff.
“History-less modelling concentrates on geometry in an unconstrained manner, but sacrifices intelligence and intent. Direct editing minimises the need to understand a complex history but does not address features,” added Chuck Grindstaff.
“Our new synchronous technology incorporates advanced constrained and unconstrained techniques to deal with change in an extremely powerful and efficient manner, “said Chuck Grindstaff.
“Applying the right technique to the job at hand, enables dimension-driven modelling to reach its full potential, generating tremendous productivity gains over traditional methods.”
"Synchronous technology breaks through the architectural barrier inherent in a history-based modelling system,” said Ken Versprille, independent research director, CPDA.
“Its ability to recognise current geometry conditions and localise dependencies in real time, allows synchronous technology to solve for model changes without the typical replay of the full construction history from the point of edit.”
“Depending on model complexity and how far back in the history that edit occurs, users will see good performance gains. A 100 times speed improvement could be a conservative estimate.”
The patent-pending technology was jointly developed between Siemens PLM Software’s NX and Solid Edge organisations. Siemens PLM Software’s synchronous technology will be implemented in the next version of Solid Edge as a proprietary application layer built on its D-Cubed and Parasolid software.
Preview at National Manufacturing Week
The next version of Solid Edge, incorporating synchronous technology will be previewed at National Manufacturing Week in Sydney from May 27-30.
Edge Software will then run seminars around Australia on the following dates:
- Melbourne - June 10
- Sydney - June 11
- Brisbane - June 12
- Adelaide - June 17
- Perth - June 18