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Solid Edge V16 continues design focus

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EDGE Software has launched Version 16 of its Solid Edge design program. The new version continues to deliver on Edge Software’s Design with Insight vision by providing a new focus on helping customers to ease the design of complex products with increased insight into design intent and the industries Solid Edge serves, all under the control of the built-in Insight for design management.

Capturing and maintaining design intent throughout the process is one of the most effective ways to battle design complexity and Solid Edge has continuously enhanced its system design capabilities to take advantage of this intelligence.

New system design features for Version 16 include adjustable parts, fastener systems and dynamic families of assemblies, all of which deliver more flexibility during the design process.

Version 16 also enhances Solid Edge’s capability for hybrid 2D/3D design with increased familiarity for AutoCAD users, a new capability to create 3D parts from 2D assembly layouts, and new tools for hybrid 2D/3D design, including a new and unique “Zero D” capability that allows the definition of product structure before any geometry is committed to paper.

Battling design complexity means using applications that work the way designers want to work and fulfill the specific requirements of their industry. Solid Edge provides designers with increased insight to solve design challenges unique to their industry by delivering tools and workflows for industry-specific challenges to accelerate the design process.

Version 16 rounds out its suite of consumer products applications with Virtual Studio+, an advanced photo realistic-rendering solution that includes a new artistic, sketch-based rendering capability for early stage representations and concept reviews.

For machine design, Solid Edge adds new frame design and piping capability to complement systems design and hybrid 2D/3D enhancements, which allow for an expanded focus on the process equipment industry.

Earlier this year, Version 15 introduced Solid Edge into the mould design market with a new add-on application for mould tooling to complement existing core and cavity capabilities.

With V16, Solid Edge Mould Tooling is enhanced to now automate the design of additional features such as runner bars, slides, inserts, stripper plates and water channels. In addition, Mould Tooling now comes with standard libraries for other popular component suppliers and a new capability to define custom mold bases.

Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) from UGS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight, and achieve competitive advantage through cost reduction, while increasing top line revenues.

The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organisation and enhancing collaboration.

Insight, complemented by Solid Edge’s superior core modeling and process workflows, greatly eases the design of increasingly complex products required to meet continually changing market demands.

The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering, and Volvo. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.

Product complexity has dramatically increased over the years. A new paper from information and communications UK research firm Cambashi Ltd reports that engineering departments are under constantly increasing pressure to:

* Meet market demand for broader product lines with increased options.

* Apply new technologies before your competition can.

* Fit more and more features into less and less space.

* Satisfy customer demand for products that look good as well as work.

Those pressures occur as engineering also is required to turn over product lines faster than ever before, the paper says.

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