Tuesday, November 12, 2013
A few months ago a new site was launched by Siemens PLM and was touted as a Community site. As part of this, there is a subarea that is the Solid Edge Community site. The site has a Q&A section, Discussion section, Knowledge Base, BLOG, and recently a whole subarea for developers who write custom code using the Solid Edge API.
Of special note is the Solid Edge BLOG. There has been a flurry of "how to" articles written by Matt Lombard. You may recognize the name as he was an avid Solid Works user as well as the author of the popular SolidWorks Bible series. Matt has now taken a position with Siemens PLM working for the Solid Edge group and has been authoring material on specific facets of Solid Edge that come with the unique perspective of a new user who previously used SolidWorks. Often material like this is written by folks who have used Solid Edge for a long period of time and it is easy for them to skip through the ground clutter and only hit the high spots because they know too much and expect the reader to know too much as well. Matt cover the ground clutter as well as the high spots and the material is well suited for the novice user as well as the SolidWorks refugee.
Make sure to check them out as the site is public and there is no registration to read the material. If you wish to participate by leaving comments, posting a question or jumping into a discussion, registration is required but you do not need to be a customer of Siemens nor even have Solid Edge installed (45 Day Trial or Student Version)
BETA should commence in early spring, and the official launch will occur at Solid Edge University 2014 in May. No doubt Synchronous Technology based modeling will continue to be a focus, but it's anyone guess as to what the other areas of focus are...
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Thursday, June 06, 2013
The Early Bird Discount #2 expires tomorrow 6/7. It allows you to save $50 on one admission and $100 on three admissions (buy 2 get the 3rd FREE!!!).
Now if you are dragging your feet or your boss is dragging his and and the decision has not yet been made, don’t worry… As far as conference fees and content go, Solid Edge University is still a bargain at the regular price of $550 considering there are 2 days of content spread over 9 tracks with 3 of those tracks being HANDS ON EXPERIENCES! Let me repeat: 3 TRACKS OF HANDS ON EXPERIENCES! If you have ever priced getting training from a VAR, it is many times the admission price of Solid Edge University and does not cover the breadth of topics and/or the niche areas of Solid Edge that will be covered by the Solid Edge University’s Hands on Experiences. Add to that the additional 6 tracks of content covered by experts including Solid Edge product planners, application engineers, and customers, and you have a “no brainer” of a bargain.
If you can’t make it for some reason or another, I understand. Times are still tough for some industries and money for non-essential travel is in short supply, but what you spend on attending just this event will return many times that in gained productivity especially if shared with other users when you return (you typically get the presentations if you attend).
I hope to see you there, and if you can’t make it rest assured we will still have a good and productive time without you, but know that we will miss you a lot.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Unlike their previous discussion groups which for the most part where closed to everyone except customers who were current on their annual maintenance, the Community site is open to all. Anyone can read the site, and by registering, you can also post to the site.
Check out the Solid Edge Community here: http://community.plm.automation.siemens.com/t5/Solid-Edge/ct-p/solid-edge
Well, I have a couple of early treats for you about ST6 that I can share! Please keep in mind that these are no more than a tiny teaser of ST6, and as a BETA tester I can assure you there is so much more…
There has been this rumor going around that ST6 would put some focus on surfacing. Well, here are two new tools that should convince you it’s more than just a rumor…
- Reflective Plane - The typical use case of symmetric molded parts is to model one half and mirror the body of the second half when complete… But how do you know what the whole part looks like prior to being finished with the part? The answer is the Reflective Plane. It allows display of the second half of the part with out the display overhead of a geometric mirror and it allows inspection of surface quality using the surface analysis tools like zebra shading.
- Ruled Surface – This command allows creation of a ruled surface some direction and angle from an existing surface edge. There are a number of options for creating this surface in relation to the existing geometry.
- Arrange Dimensions - Typical use cases are when using the ‘Retrieve Dimension” command to pull 3D model dimensions into the 2D drawing as well as when updating a 3D model with an existing dimensioned drawing. In these use cases, dimensions do not always come in or update neatly. The answer to this problem is the Arrange Dimensions command that allows the user to automatically arrange dimensions to the standards defined by your template.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
You have 2 more weeks to get the early bird discount #2 of $500 for 1 admission or $1000 for 3 admissions for Solid Edge University 2013... After that the regular price of $550 and $1100 respectively kicks in. Either way you will get your moneys worth.and then some with 9 tracks of sessions. Details can be found here: http://www.solidedgeu.com
Design Better. Solid Edge University.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Hope to see you at Solid Edge University 2013 so we can all Design Better!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
If you are having trouble convincing someone that the benefits of attending SEU far outweigh the costs, check out the following page: http://www.solidedgeu.com/benefits-of-attending The main event that covers Solid Edge is complemented by a pre-event that covers customization using Solid Edge’s programming API and two post-events covering FEMAP and the SharePoint based data management solutions: http://www.solidedgeu.com/event-details A partial list of events have been posted that give a taste of some of the sessions that will be available, but this isn’t all so please check back for more later: http://www.solidedgeu.com/courses If you would have something to share and would like FREE admission to the conference, think about presenting. No body has ever gotten booed or covered in rotten tomatoes, so you have nothing to fear and everything to gain be presenting…: http://www.solidedgeu.com/call-for-presenters There will also be a product showcase of item designed in Solid Edge. It would be great to have too many to fit in the showcase area so lets all see if we can get a product to the show and overflow the place! http://www.solidedgeu.com/product-showcase See you at #SEU13 so we can all #DesignBetter with #SolidEdge