By DE Editors
Siemens PLM Software has announced Solid Edge software ST3. The latest release includes new functionality that is designed to accelerate product design, streamline revisions, and make importing and reusing third-party CAD data easier. The new release also includes a variety of enhancements related to simulation, design data management, and more than a thousand customer-driven improvements, according to the company.
“We believe Solid Edge ST3 marks a major milestone in advancing the technology while still catering to customers’ specific needs,” says Ken Versprille, PLM research director, CPDA. “Synchronous technology has the capacity to perform a wide variety of design tasks in a fraction of the time it takes with a traditional approach. This could provide engineers with more time for creativity and innovation, resulting in better product designs produced faster.”
Siemens PLM Software has extended the availability of synchronous technology by making it pervasive throughout the product. In addition to support for part modeling and sheet metal design delivered in earlier versions, synchronous-based models can now be used directly with all assembly applications—such as piping, frames, wiring, and assembly features. Also delivered is a first-ever synchronous-based part-to-part associativity that lets users establish and alter design intent before, during or after the assembly design process.
Solid Edge ST3 also provides the capability to work with both synchronous and non-synchronous (ordered) features in the same integrated design environment. Users can leverage synchronous features for accelerated design and flexible edits while adding ordered features for designing process-type parts, such as cast or machined parts. Ordered features in existing models can be selectively moved to the synchronous environment.
Manufacturing dimensions on 2D drawings can now be automatically transferred to the corresponding imported 3D model. The resulting “as-manufactured” 3D dimensions can be immediately edited, modifying the imported 3D model using synchronous technology.
Building on its integrated simulation application, Solid Edge ST3 includes new torque and bearing loads, user defined constraints and new ways to connect assemblies such as bolt and sheet metal edge connectors. Faster results can be achieved with model simplification tools and better visualization capabilities that allow you to see inside the model. Refinements can be made using synchronous technology or ordered methods. Solid Edge allows design validation of parts and assemblies earlier in the product development process.
Solid Edge ST3 with Insight data management solution now takes advantage of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 to further expand its scalable data management strategy. Leveraging the latest SharePoint platform extends collaboration to a wider range of CAD and non-CAD users by expanding project management, business analytics and social media capabilities. In addition, a standalone bill-of-materials (BOM) editor delivered with the embedded client in Solid Edge lets CAD and non-CAD users create product structures that can be opened in Solid Edge, Teamcenter software or Teamcenter Express software.
For more information, visit Siemens PLM Software.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.