Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of Siemens Industry Automation Division and global providers of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, have announced the latest release of their free Solid Edge 2D Drafting software. The latest release is immediately available for download in 10 languages. The Solid Edge 2D Drafting software is distributed by Edge Software .
Siemens PLM Software began offering their 2D Drafting product at no cost two years ago as a strategic move to ease the 2D to 3D transition for SMB customers. To date 180,000 users have downloaded the software, 21 percent of which say they have immediate plans to upgrade to 3D.
Dan Buckley, President of K & B Performance says that they started using the Solid Edge 2D Drafting software for designing custom exhaust systems for the boating industry. Also, the product was free and promised a pathway into 3D. They have moved into 3D and have found the claim to be true. K & B Performance’s 2D designs are being used directly in 3D and learning 3D was much faster because the 2D product taught them sketching and how to navigate the user interface. They have also been able to cut the design time from four months to two days and refine their processes.
Solid Edge 2D Drafting is the standalone 2D CAD component of the Velocity Series portfolio. It provides a production-proven set of capabilities for creating 2D documentation, including drawing layout, diagramming, annotation and dimensioning controls that automatically comply with drafting standards, such as ISO, ANSI, BSI, DIN, JIS and UNI. Solid Edge 2D drafting is fully compatible with Solid Edge, which is the 3D history-free, feature-based CAD system.
The latest product enhancements ease the transition into 3D by providing:
- Parametric 2D sketching concepts, which allow smart profile development that can be reused later to directly develop 3D models
- 2D designs that can be refined with Goal Seek in Solid Edge, a tool to optimise and determine unknown parameters
- A new and consistent user interface that leverages the look and feel of Microsoft Office 2007 suite of products