Siemens has been delivering its Solid Edge software for several years now, enabling engineers and designers to create in CAD/CAE easily yet professionally. The company has now introduced the latest iteration of the software, Solid Edge 2019, and it reliably includes plenty of new features as well as upgrades to existing ones, in categories including mechanical design, electrical design, manufacturing, simulation, technical publications, and data management.
Users can now reverse engineer imported objects and take advantage of new features such as convergent modeling, generative design, and advanced flow simulation. An impressive array of PCB design tools are also included.
“The global market requirement to develop and deliver increasingly complex products in shrinking timeframes has created many new challenges for our customers, as well as new opportunities to differentiate,” said John Miller, Senior Vice President, Mainstream Engineering, Siemens PLM Software. “I’m confident that the integration of leading technologies and the next-generation design capabilities delivered in the Solid Edge 2019 portfolio will empower our customers to innovate in the new era of digitalization.”
New tools are available for convergent modeling, allowing engineers to incorporate mesh models directly into their workflows. The tools also support milling, casting and molding of generative designs, so that users can model and simulate the entire process, not just the final product. On the electrical engineering side of things, Solid Edge Wiring Design offers design tools that can be used to rapidly create and verify the flow of wiring through electrical systems.
Solid Edge Harness Design adds harness and formboard design using automated part selection, verification and report generation. In addition, Solid Edge PCB design enables the intuitive creation and schematic capture of printed circuit board layouts, including sketch routing, hierarchical 2D/3D planning, and ECAD-MCAD collaboration.
Solid Edge CAM Pro is a new system that allows users to program CNC machine tools, and supports both simple NC programming and high-speed, multi-axis machining. On the additive manufacturing side of things, automated print and color preparation allow designs to be sent directly to the 3D printer. Multi-color and multi-material 3D printing are both supported.
P&ID Design and Solid Edge Piping Design tools offer improved modeling, simulation, and automated placement of piping systems. These systems allow for automated 3D piping design and fully automated isometric drawing output for plant design. There is also a 3D parts library included. These tools, according to Siemens, can help reduce design errors and ensure efficient piping design in the oil and gas industries.
General improvements include better control over shapes, weight and strength. Free cloud-based collaboration tools are included as well, allowing users to work in real time from anywhere with browser-based access to CAD files.
You can learn more about the new features here, as well as check out buying options. Several discount bundles are available at the moment, for a limited time.
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[Source: Graphic Speak/Images: Siemens]