Thursday, July 22, 2010

Solid Edge ST3 - Part 2 of 4 - Part, Sheet Metal, and Assembly

As promised, I'm back with some additional information about the upcoming release of Solid Edge ST3 (later this year).  This post will hit on some of the customer driven enhancements in the Part, Sheet Metal, and Assembly design environments.  As a reminder, this is in no way a complete list of enhancements in these areas.

New to ST3 Sheet Metal is the Etch feature.  It allows text or other sketch elements to be created on sheet metal faces which will then be transformed with the model when flattened.  When the Flat Pattern is saved to DXF, text is translated to a "stick" font engraving ready!

New Closed Corner types have been added to Sheet Metal such as U & V shaped, Square and Mitred.

Tabs and PMI can now be added to the flattened Sheet Metal model and they will not display in the folded model.  This flattened model can then be saved to JT.

Interpart relations are now shown in Part & Sheet Metal Pathfinder allowing easier navigation and investigation.  The listed items can include: Context Assembly, Included Edges, Feature Keypoints, Interpart Copies, Linked Variables, and Reference Planes.  It is even available if the part is opened outside of the context of the assembly.

Interpart relations are also shown in Assembly Pathfinder showing a clear indication of whether the link is Driving the selected component or the selected component is driving something else.  Also new is the ability to Freeze or Thaw Interpart links. Freeze will allow you to inactivate links for instance on release files to prevent updates and Thaw will allow you to reactivate them later so they will update when performing a revision. 

Display Configurations have received an overhaul and there are several new capabilities:

  • Configuration Manager which provides a "spreadsheet" like view of all configurations and components. and allows you to modify each configuration as well as identify new components since the configuration was last modified.

  • Snapshot which allows a quick capture of the current display state which can be retrieved quickly later.

  • Copy Current Display which will allow you to copy the current display state of selected components to an existing configuration

  • New Drop List which will allow multiple configurations to be selected and applied together and it also allows selection of Zones to be applied as well.

Now the last item I'm going to mention is not something I can not show you in a BLOG post, so your going to have to wait to see it in a Siemens PLM demonstration of Solid Edge ST3 or when the software ships to you, but it is quite important and quite remarkable so I feel I need to mention it... It is a 3D graphics performance improvement of up to 10X.  That's right, 10X!  Now Solid Edge was pretty fast before, but depending on the display settings used frame rates could drop on larger models.  Now expect those models to fly on the screen.

Now as I stated at the beginning, this is just a few of the customer driven enhancements in Solid Edge ST3.  There is still much more than what I've covered.  Stay tuned because in another couple of weeks I'll post some more about ST3.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Solid Edge Productivity Summit Tour

Well, things in the Solid Edge world are certainly active these days, and Siemens PLM is being very serious about increasing user oppurtunities.  The first big evidence of this is that the folks at Siemens PLM responsible for the Solid Edge product are hosting 17 regional events around North America for users to attend for FREE!

The current agenda posted on Siemens site ( looks like this:

Solid Edge Productivity Summit Preliminary Agenda – Times and sessions subject to change by location

  •  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Check in and registration
  • Solid Edge Vision and Direction
  • Solid Edge Customer Success Presentation
  • Modeling in Solid Edge with synchronous technology
  • Patterning in Solid Edge
  • Networking Lunch
  • Synchronous Sheet Metal Modeling
  • Best Practices in Solid Edge Drafting
  • Regional Tips and Tricks in Solid Edge
  • Synchronous Assembly Modeling
  • Using Both Traditional &and Synchronous
  • Tips and Tricks in Solid Edge
Sign-up here:

Locations and Dates are:
  • Orlando, FL - July 27, 2010
  • Kansas City, MO - July 28, 2010
  • Clearwater, FL - July 29, 2010
  • Atlanta, GA - August 10, 2010
  • Houston, TX - August 11, 2010
  • Dallas, TX - August 12, 2010
  • Cleveland, OH - August 12, 2010
  • Montreal, QC - August 17, 2010
  • Toronto, ON - August 18, 2010
  • Huntsville, AL - August 18, 2010
  • Indianapolis, IN - August 24, 2010
  • Cincinnati, OH - August 25, 2010
  • Boston, MA - August 26, 2010
  • Philadelphia, PA - August 31, 2010
  • Phoenix, AZ - September 8, 2010
  • Cypress, CA - September 9, 2010
  • Seattle, WA - September 10, 2010

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Solid Edge ST3 - Part 1 of 4

The Siemens PLM Connection event is over.  Given the change of date and venue due to the flooding of the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, it was a great success. 

There were many excellent presentations and "hands-on" training sessions for Solid Edge (including mine) , and even though a formal announcement of the upcoming ST3 is some time away, we got a sneak peak of several new customer driven enhancements as well as some hint of:
  • A "bridge" to help existing users better adopt Synchronous Technology
  • Simulation enhancements
  • PDM enhancements
  • 1000's of customer enhancements from modeling to the user interface
Over the next few weeks, I'd like to cover some of the items presented around the customer driven enhancements, but please keep in mind there are still a whole lot of items that will not be presented until the official Solid Edge ST3 launch later in the year.

For this post, I would like to cover the User Interface enhancements.
    You now have full control of the Command Ribbon layout. You can add new tabs and groups, as well as move, add, or remove commands from any tab. The customizations can be performed for all environments from a single environment, and customizations can be saved as a Theme.

    A new customizable Radial Menu is available in all environments which will hold 16 commands right where you need them and accessible with the right mouse button.

    Command Bar has been replaced with a horizontal on-screen "Smart Step" ribbon bar where it's easily seen and no longer competes with viewing the Pathfinder...

    and both Pathfinder and the Live Rules pane can now be transparently displayed on the graphics screen which means Edgebar can now easily be left hidden most of the time.
    There is still a whole lot more that I have not touched on, and this is just in the area of UI enhancements.  I will be following up in the following weeks with additional customer driven enhancements in other areas.