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Oct 13: Solid Edge ST3 Delivers Dramatic New Ways to Produce Better Designs Faster

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Siemens PLM Software’s
Latest Solid Edge Release Breaks New Ground, Leveraging Synchronous Technology
to Improve Design, Validation, and Collaboration

 

NEW
DELHI, India, October 13, 2010 - 
Siemens PLM
Software
, a business unit of the
Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product
lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced 
Solid Edge® software ST3 (Solid Edge ST3). With this latest release, Solid
Edge delivers new functionality – enabled by synchronous technology – that
significantly accelerates product design, streamlines revisions, and makes
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.

“We
believe Solid Edge ST3 marks a major milestone in advancing the technology
while still catering to customers’ specific needs,” said Dr. 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.”

 “With
the levels of productivity improvement reported by customers all over the
world, we are seeing real proof of the revolutionary breakthrough of
synchronous technology,” said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and
general manager of the Velocity Series and Solid Edge business, Siemens PLM
Software. “The time savings are significant, but even more importantly is the
fact that Solid Edge with synchronous technology allows users to shift their
focus to the actual design task versus thinking about how to use software.”

Fulfilling the vision of synchronous
technology

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 a ground-breaking 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,
providing designers with maximum flexibility and ease of use.

As
more companies move from other 3D systems to Solid Edge to take advantage of
synchronous technology, the new capability to merge 2D drawings with existing
3D models further expands opportunities for productivity. 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.

“Solid
Edge ST3 really fulfils the vision of synchronous technology by making this
revolutionary capability available throughout all areas of the software and
enhancing its versatility,” said Dan Staples, director of Solid Edge product
development, Siemens PLM Software. “Our number one goal when adding
functionality to Solid Edge is to create business value for our customers, and
we believe this release definitely achieves that objective.”

Embedded Simulation

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 for quicker
time to market and reduced physical prototyping costs

“Once we added Solid Edge Simulation, the bill
from our outsourced professional engineer went down,” says John Fillion,
Mechanical Engineer at Modern Mechanical Fab, Inc.

Scalable data management

Continuing our long
history of working with Microsoft SharePoint® products, 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 orTeamcenter Express software.
The result is an accelerated design process as initial BOMs can be established
and refined before the product design begins.

“Inergi uses (Solid Edge
with) Insight to manage over 105 thousand files for 30 different clients,” said
James Bullington, Director of Engineering, Inergi. “Insight is very transparent
to our users. They don’t know they are working on a remote sever anymore than
their desktop. Insight is a key part of Inergi’s product development process
and any design firm would benefit from its use.”

Listening to the voice of the customer

Delivering thousands of
customer-driven improvements, Solid Edge ST3 provides even stronger business
value throughout the product development process. New functionality was added
in a wide variety of areas, including sheet metal, piping and frame design,
assembly management, and drafting. Advances in sheet metal include new closed
corner types, etching of part numbers and other geometry, and
manufacturing-only features, such as tabs added for production or
transportation purposes. Solid Edge continues to raise the bar in drawing
creation, with the ability to embed all manufacturing dimensions and
annotations, including item numbers, in the assembly, and even carry part
colors through as line styles in the drawing. New multi-cultural drawings allow
mixing of character sets from multiple languages on a single drawing or even in
a single annotation. The streamlined user interface includes a fully
customizable radial menu, drastically reducing mouse travel. Transparent
feature and part management dialogs and reduced-size command interaction
dialogs provide maximum graphics workspace area.

 “We have been using
Solid Edge for 10 years,” said Olivier Pellerin, IT R&D Manager for Group
SEB. “Solid Edge ST3 is the best release we’ve seen. The big benefit for Solid
Edge is to be able to create and modify models very fast.”

“Solid Edge ST3 advances
our award winning synchronous technology and maintains a strong customer
focus,” said Bill McClure, vice president of product development for Velocity
Series, Siemens PLM Software. “We take great pride in our business philosophy
of putting the customer first, and Solid Edge ST3 embraces this philosophy
throughout all areas of the product. With several new capabilities and
thousands of customer-driven enhancements, Solid Edge ST3 incorporates the
voice of the customer and demonstrates our ability to quickly respond to their
product development needs.”

About Solid Edge

Solid
Edge is the most complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous
technology for accelerated design, faster change, and improved imported reuse.
With superior part and assembly modeling, drafting, transparent data
management, and built-in finite element analysis, Solid Edge, a core component
of the
Velocity
Series
™ portfolio, eases the
growing complexity of product design.

About Siemens PLM
Software

Siemens
PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a
leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and
services with 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 63,000 customers
worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works
collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn
more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM
Software products and services, visit 
www.siemens.com/plm.

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division 

The Siemens Industry Automation
Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation
systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from
standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for
whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile
production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier,
Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers –
from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of
maintenance services. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30),
Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009. 
www.siemens.com/industryautomation

 

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