The latest release of Siemens PLM Software's Solid Edge software (Solid Edge ST6) includes several new enhancements in the areas of design, simulation and collaboration that enable certain tasks to be performed up to six times faster than the previous version.
New functionality also helps Solid Edge ST6 users to learn, share and collaborate with other Solid Edge users. The combined enhancements included in Solid Edge ST6 are designed to help businesses improve overall product development productivity. Along with Solid Edge ST6, Siemens is announcing the latest release of Solid Edge SP design management solution (Solid Edge for SharePoint) to enhance collaboration. The company also added Android tablets and the iPad mini support for its Solid Edge Mobile Viewer.
The announcement was made at Siemens PLM Software’s Solid Edge University 2013, being held this week in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Olivier Pellerin, IT Innovation Manager for Groupe SEB, the maker of Krups coffee machines, T-Fal and Wearever cookware performed some early beta testing of Solid Edge ST6.
Mr Pellerin said: "Surfacing command enhancements in Solid Edge ST6 have enabled us to create some models 40 percent faster compared to other CAD systems.
"Faster is better, but the quality of models is essential for the manufacturing process and the new inspection tools available in Solid Edge ST6 help us guarantee the inherent quality of the surfaces modeled. These along with other enhancements in Solid Edge ST6 will help us bring better products to market faster."
Solid Edge ST6 features new surfacing functions that help create stylised designs up to four times faster, and new sheet metal capabilities that help create stamped parts up to five times faster, based on internal testing. New Solid Edge simulation tools automatically optimise designs up to six times faster, which helps lower product costs without sacrificing product quality. Synchronous technology enhancements help designers import and reuse files up to six times faster which enables improved collaboration with partners. In addition, support has been added to make importing SolidWorks software files even easier.
Karsten Newbury, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Mainstream Engineering Software at Siemens PLM Software, commented: "The new features in Solid Edge ST6, driven by our strong focus on our customers’ need to get innovative products to market faster, help designers create modern new designs in a fraction of the time while maintaining the same high quality standards.
"The Solid Edge system addresses all aspects of the design process – 3D design, simulation, manufacturing, design management, collaboration – and enables companies to make smarter product related decisions that result in developing better products more efficiently."
In addition to the new design and simulation capabilities, Solid Edge ST6 also provides new functionality to learn, share, and collaborate with other Solid Edge users. The new Solid Edge YouTube docking pane gives users the ability to record, upload and directly share a modeling session on YouTube, and search YouTube for other Solid Edge videos. Users can also access discussions, tutorials and expert advice via the new online Solid Edge Community.
Solid Edge Mobile Viewer
The new learn and share capabilities in Solid Edge ST6 combined with the platform expansion of the Solid Edge Mobile Viewer, a free 3D viewer application for portable digital devices, which is already available on the iPad, broadens access to design data to help companies enhance collaboration.
Solid Edge SP
The latest release of Solid Edge SP, previously referred to as Solid Edge with Insight XT, provides fast implementation on a company's existing IT infrastructure and simplifies the management of Solid Edge CAD files and related design data to further enhance collaboration. Powered by Microsoft's SharePoint software, the latest version of Solid Edge SP expands on its visual approach to managing design data with the option of displaying thumbnail images of parts and assemblies in the Relation Browser and provides the ability to access revisions and related documents directly from the preview cards.
For more information on Solid Edge ST6, Solid Edge SP and Solid Edge Mobile Viewer, please see www.siemens.com/plm/st6.