Edge Software offer Solid Edge software with Synchronous Technology 2. This release is the second version of Solid Edge software that incorporates Siemens PLM Software’s synchronous technology, the history-free, feature-based modelling capability that helps customers to react to the market quickly.
Solid Edge software is a core component of the Velocity series portfolio and combines the speed of direct modelling with the precise control of dimension-driven design. Solid Edge software features improved parts and assembly modelling as well as a new sheet metal application. Siemens PLM Software have announced a new built-in FEA tool and PDM integration leveraging the new Microsoft SharePoint platforms.
According to Siemens PLM Software, Solid Edge software with Synchronous Technology 2 can reduce design cycle times. Solid Edge software features modelling advances, a new mid-range FEA application, Solid Edge Simulation, Solid Edge Insight data management tool and Microsoft’s SharePoint.
Solid Edge software with Synchronous Technology 2 extends synchronous technology to core part and assembly modelling for complex feature creation and advanced sketch editing tools that reduce overall design time. To improve 2D to 3D data migration, Solid Edge software turns 2D dimensions from imported drawings into 3D driving dimensions during model creation, so users can edit 3D designs based on the intent from 2D. In addition, live sections can be used to simplify 3D model changes by letting users to edit 2D cross sections cut through any part of a 3D model and update the 3D model in real-time.
Solid Edge apply synchronous technology to sheet metal design, creating a feature-based, history-free 3D design application for modelling straight brake sheet metal parts. Sheet metal is the second application to leverage synchronous technology (CAM Express leveraging synchronous technology was first announced last December). Synchronous technology increases productivity in the sheet metal environment so users can create models with less pre-planning, make changes and reuse or edit supplier data effectively.
Siemens PLM Software observe that a process-specific application such as sheet metal is a good example of a design discipline that requires specialised skill sets and features in the software. Solid Edge Simulation is a new optional analysis tool embedded into the CAD system that allows to design validation of parts and assemblies early in the product development process for quicker time to market and reduced physical prototyping costs.
Solid Edge Simulation is based on Femap software finite element modelling and NX Nastran solver technology built into the Solid Edge user interface. It is easy for designers and engineers to use and promotes increased use of simulation within Solid Edge, fostering design innovation. Solid Edge Simulation also leverages synchronous technology to ease simulation model preparation and speed design refinements.
Siemens PLM Software note that by embedding FEA into Solid Edge, more designs can be simulated in less time with minimal need to outsource analysis. This allows companies to respond to their customers faster with improved quality and lower costs.
Solid Edge now provide enhancements to improve the embedded Insight design data management application, a key element of the Velocity series strategy for scalable PDM, which includes the Teamcenter Express platform.
According to Microsoft, Solid Edge Insight running on SharePoint Server adds design data management to enterprise collaboration for small and mid-sized businesses. Siemens PLM Software have been utilising SharePoint services and are leveraging new Microsoft technologies in their PLM applications to meet the business needs of customers.
Solid Edge with Insight leverages the new Microsoft SharePoint platform for improved collaboration, faster release workflows and enhanced security capabilities offered by Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS). Moving Insight to the new platform helps users to reduce PDM deployment and ongoing support costs. Microsoft SharePoint is suitable for small to medium size businesses (SMBs).