There was a time when constraints of traditional 3D modeling were difficult to address to. However, things have changed now and with the latest version of Solid Edge—ST8, one can leave behind these complexities. ST8 has more flexibility built in its system, and, as such, is more effective. So much so, that people can come across their mother system and be able to be productive right away. It is also synchronous & innovative, and helps to bring products faster in the market at a lesser cost.
Day 1 of the event started with a welcome note by John Miller, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Mainstream Engineering, Siemens PLM Software. “Solid Edge provides companies of all sizes apt solutions for business needs. We are working towards widening the gap of people who insist on working only on the history-based system. With synchronous technology, there are a host of smart operations that can be performed in areas like sheet metal and stamping. It is powerful and saves times,” he explained.
It was followed by a session—“Traversing New Terrain: Extending the boundaries of advanced robotics” by Philip Norman, Technical Lead, Ross Robotics, where he emphasised that Solid Edge is 3-dimensional.” Speaking on the platform, he opined, “It was easy to build & model components and analyse its behaviour & interactions with Solid Edge. However, my challenge was to get different identical parts to connect in the 3-dimensional space and analyse those interactions so that I could test my ideas rapidly. Today, I directly start working on the Solid Edge platform. Modeling things has become easy for me.” Norman has been using Soild Edge since 2003.
The highlight of the day was the ST8 demo by Dan Staples, Vice President, Solid Edge Development & Craig Ruchti, Applications Engineer, Siemens PLM Software, where insights of ST8 was displayed. They pointed out that ST8 has enhanced pattern recognition for any collection of faces. “It can be run multiple times on the same part and extend reuse and edit-ability of imported parts. It can also create pattern by table, by creating pattern using a table/spreadsheet, making pattern in irregular ways, not just rectangular or circular and linking patterns together for design automation. Besides, it can perform enhanced welding, enriched digital mockup and enhanced drawings,”showcased Ruchti.
Day 2 witnessed 14 breakout sessions attended by people across industries. “Introducing Solid Edge into academic institutions” by Mike Brown, Academic Relations, Mainstream Engineering Software was one of them. Besides, presentations like “Design Automation Saves Time and Money” was put up by Harry Irwin, Project Engineer, Schafer’s Electric Enclosures and “Design Without Boundaries in a multi-CAD World,” by Kevin Grayson, Technical Sales Consultant, Siemens PLM Software.
Accelerated modeling process
In the latest release of Solid Edge, improvements to synchronous design intent management, complex sketching and 3D feature recognition enable users to focus on designs, rather than design tools, resulting in an accelerated modeling process. Flexible modeling incorporating synchronous technology frees the user to intuitively produce realistic and accurate designs faster, thus, reducing time-to-market.
Highlighting this, John Fox, Vice President—Marketing for Mainstream Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software, explained, “This combines parametric & direct modeling. So, it has more flexibility & precision and is more accessible to users.” Adding further, Say Tiam Go, Vice President—Mid Market Portfolio, Siemens PLM Software, averred, “Larger organisations like Philips Medicals look for solution, where there is only one platform to design. They check how easy is it to migrate the data across. For them, ST8 provides a standard CAD platform. It is also beneficial for customers with multiple CADs.”
The full version of Solid Edge ST8 can be installed on tablets running Microsoft’s Windows® 8.1 operating system, giving users more freedom to design anytime, anywhere.
Speaking on the product development strategies, Staples shared, “We have a product planning & development team of around 15 people, which includes mechanical engineers, psychologists and graphic artists. They take care of the product development from the core. These strategies are based on themes like taking synchronous to new level, encouraging drafting, especially for sheet metals & creating a comfortable platform for people coming from other systems like SolidWorks.”
Simplifying 3D modeling
Simplification of large and complex assembly capabilities in Solid Edge ST8, combined with its ability to accurately simulate and predict kinematic conditions, greatly accelerates the assembly design process and significantly reduces the need for physical prototypes. Also, it offers multi-CAD designs that design faster and intelligently without the constraints of traditional 3D modeling. As per Fox, “ST8 enhances speed. It helps design from concept to market. Today, it is important to have global supply chains, where one needs to work with more suppliers. One can import disparate types of CAD technologies with synchronous technology. It’s good in interpreting files & reading them, not as dumb solids, but as actual models that you can manipulate with.”
A way forward…
Discussing the vision of Solid Edge for next decade, Staples highlighted that as the industry changes rapidly, we have to be flexible to change with it. “There are many developments happening in areas of cloud and Additive Manufacturing today. For defining our vision, we start from the core basis, i.e. being in sync with mechanical engineers and designers. Synchronous technology came to the picture only when we were done with CAD. However, drawings are still important. Also, sheet metal will get deeper with time. We will respond to Additive Manufacturing and cloud in a customer-oriented way. CAD is ultimately about the productivity at engineer’s desktop,” he concluded.
While wrapping up the two-day event, a sneek peek on ST9 was presented, which displayed that the next version will have customisation & preference management and support for high resolution monitors in which Solid Edge UI will scale naturally with display resolution & have an easy access to Solid Edge UI. For part modeling, it will modify multiple bodies using a single feature and have solid sweep, which can sweep a solid along a path to generate cutouts or protrusions. In addition, for sheet metal modeling, a sheet metal clash in flat will be available to warn when plates clash in flat pattern. There will also be a Teamcenter tab on CommandRibbon to provide direct & easy access to commands and enhance learning experience of users.