UGS, represented in Australia by Edge Software , has introduced Version 18 of Solid Edge software. This industry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system serves as a key part of the UGS Velocity Series.
Solid Edge is the industry's first comprehensive, preconfigured portfolio of digital product design, analysis and data management software for the PLM mid-market.
Version 18 delivers hundreds of customer-requested enhancements, along with new and innovative tools that help customers reduce costs, deliver products to market faster and enjoy an exceptional return on investment for a low total cost of ownership.
"With an impressive history of functionality enhancements and increased CAD market share, it's no wonder Solid Edge celebrates 12 consecutive quarters of growth," said Managing Director of Edge Software, Barry Bevis.
"Version 18 continues the trend -- offering enhanced design process optimisation that allows customers to transform their process of innovation as they evolve to 3D.
“By implementing the complete UGS Velocity Series, customers can take advantage of single-source support as they reap the benefits of a fully-integrated and managed design discipline."
With its groundbreaking Insight technology, Solid Edge became the only mainstream mechanical system to merge design management capabilities with the CAD tools that designers use every day.
Version 18 builds on the success of Insight to set a new standard in CAD/PDM Integration, letting customers choose from a range of easily scalable cPDM solutions.
Solid Edge Insight continues to provide proven management capabilities for single-site, departmental teams with basic workflow needs.
The new Solid Edge embedded client provides seamless and transparent connectivity between Solid Edge and Teamcenter, including the newly announced Teamcenter Express solution for multi-CAD, multi site implementations with more advanced workflow needs.
This new level of CAD and cPDM connectivity ensures all essential Solid Edge commands are encapsulated and makes sophisticated data management functions transparent to the Solid Edge user.
Solid Edge-related data is easily captured for re-use in future projects without placing an additional burden on the CAD user, while full scalability means customers can grow their cPDM solution to meet increased business demands without starting from scratch.
Solid Edge Version 18 introduces two complementary methods for designs to be analysed and validated much earlier in the design cycle.
The first is Femap Express, which is built into Solid Edge and provides preconfigured, best practice, process guidance for accurate analysis of solid and sheet metal parts.
Second, Solid Edge integrates further and is associative with Femap, the leading CAD-independent finite element analysis (FEA) tool for advanced analysis to ensure quality and optimise materials within complete assemblies. Both solutions use well-proven Nastran solver technology for accurate and repeatable results.
A new wire harness design application uses popular eCAD electrical circuit diagrams to automate wire harness designs. Electrical and mechanical design teams can now collaborate closely to create a complete digital mock-up that includes wires, cables and bundles with manufacturing information easily accessible.
UGS’ innovative Evolve to 3D program allows users to maintain 2D productivity while transitioning to a 3D environment. Version 18 diagramming continues this philosophy by enabling users to develop electrical, P&ID and other diagrams by leveraging industry-standard 2D libraries. These strengthened 2D drawing capabilities removes the need for companies to maintain separate 2D and 3D CAD systems.
With Version 18, Solid Edge raises the bar on performance-enhancing tools for designers of mechanical machinery, electro-mechanical equipment, consumer products, jigs, fixtures and moulds.
Version 18 continues the trend of continually offering enhanced design tools that enable customers to transform their process of innovation as they evolve to 3D.
With these new capabilities and its role as a core component in the new UGS Velocity Series portfolio, Version 18 strengthens Solid Edge's position as a leading vendor in the PLM market, offering customers the advantage of single-source support as they reap the benefits of a fully-integrated and managed design discipline.
First product shipment is planned for the last quarter of 2005.