The new Solid Edge version accellerates design and simplifies revisions. External CAD data is easier to import and reuse. The new version also contains improvements in simulation, in design data management and over 1,000 further improvements that were driven by users.
Solid Edge ST3 provides interfaces to different CAD systems, some the formats can partly be imported directly, i.e. SolidWorks, pro/E and 3D neutral format such as STEP, IGES, Parasolid. Imported data can not only be modified, but also used for further designs in both synchronous mode and traditional (ordered) mode. Both modes can be used independently to generate new elements.
New is the possibility of combining 2D drawings with existing 3D models: manufacturing dimensions in 2D drawings are automatically transferred to the imported 3D model. The resulting dimensions of the 3D model, that correspond exactly with the manufacturing dimensons, can immediately be modified with Synchronous Technology.
According to CPDA (Collaborative Product Development Associates, LLC., www.cpd-associates.com) is "The new software release SOLID EDGE from Siemens PLM Software continues to deliver aftershocks to the PLM industry by introducing new uses of synchronous technology, the history-less solids modeling approach first launched a year ago. The new modeling enhancements in Solid Edge, coupled with the introduction of a new mid-range finite element analysis (FEA) application, Solid Edge Simulation, and continued improvements to Solid Edge Insight for single-site data management tied to the latest Microsoft SharePoint platform, are positioned to help drive innovation and increase the competitiveness of their users in today's challenging marketplace."
Besides the support of part modeling and sheet metal design integrated in prior versions, the synchronous based models are now available in all assembly applications. This includes piping, frames, wiring, and assembly features.
Users can work in Solid Edge ST3 with synchronous non-synchronous features in the same, integrated environment: yynchronous features for fast development and flexible modifications, ordered features for process oriented parts such as cast iron parts or machine manufactured parts. Designers gain flexibility, the usage remains simple.