Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Siemens PLM Solid Edge Community BLOG

I just want to draw attention to some activity that has been occurring over the past few months with regards to Siemens PLM's Solid Edge.

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)

Solid Edge ST7

Solid Edge ST7 is not due for release until July 2014, but it appears it is actively being worked on by SE Development as witnessed by a recent post from Dan Staples on the GTAC Solid Edge discussion group where he revealed a new enhancement by accident.  Whoops!  No worries, it was a simply a setting switch so he really didn't let much of the cat out of the bag (tip of a whisker?). The good news is that we have several more months till launch so he has plenty of time to reveal more about ST7, and knowing Dan, he might let a few teasers out just to keep things interesting.

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

Solid Edge University 2014

The date and location for Solid Edge University 2014 has been announced recently and it will be in Atlanta, Georgia on May 12-14, 2014.  The following site link doesn't have any additional information about the up coming event, but it does contain information on last years event as well as has links to all the presentations.  It is definitely worth a look, and if you like what you see, then I would encourage you to attend the 2014 event because there is no doubt that it will be more of the same if not just "more".  Include with that the Solid Edge ST7 launch and it is definitely a must attend event!


Thursday, June 06, 2013

Solid Edge University 2013… One more day to save!

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

New Public Solid Edge Community Site

Within the last few weeks, Siemens PLM opened a new ‘Community” site for several products including Solid Edge.
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

Solid Edge ST6 First Look…

As you may know, Solid Edge University 2013 is coming up in about 3 weeks (http://www.solidedgeu.com/) and that the official announcement about Solid Edge ST6 will come on day 1 of that event (June 25th).  Dan Staples, director Solid Edge Development will provide the Solid Edge ST6 keynote.
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.
Here is a video showing both in action:

The other area of focus has to do with the drafting process and making prints easier to create and make presentable...
  • 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.
Here is a video showing it in action:

I hope this small taste of ST6 has done nothing more than to grow your anticipation to a frenzy as you wait for the ST6 full announcement and subsequent release.  I think that ST6 will be an exciting release and will provide a ton of new tools and productivity enhancement that both existing users as well as new and potential new users will find irreplaceable, and it will help you Design Better with Solid Edge!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Two More Weeks to Get a Deal

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

The Not So Early Bird Still Gets a Worm…

The Solid Edge University 2013 early bird #1 discount price has expired, but there is still plenty of time to get in on the second tier early bird discount (till June 7th) that still saves you $50 off of the regular individual price of $550.  Sign up 3 people together and you can save $650 of the regular single price with the 3 for 2 deal. Check it out here: http://solidedgeu.com/registration-fees-and-travel
Hope to see you at Solid Edge University 2013 so we can all Design Better!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Early Bird Gets the Worm…

Solid Edge University 2013’s (http://www.solidedgeu.com/) first Early Bird Discount is about to expire on 3/29/2013.  If you are planning on going, this is your chance to save $100.  Details:  http://www.solidedgeu.com/registration-fees-and-travel
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

Friday, March 08, 2013

Solid Edge ST6

Solid Edge ST6 is not publicly available yet, but will be in the next few months.  No doubt the big announcement will be made at Solid Edge University 2013 at the end of June (http://www.solidedgeu.com/).

While it is still under the cover of secrecy, I thought we might have some fun and see how creative you are with trying to guess what might be in ST6 when it releases.  Submit a comment as to your best guess, but be respectful or your comment won’t see the light of day.

I’m sure that when ST6 releases, whatever is in it will help us all Design Better!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Solid Edge… FOR FREE!!!

Solid Edge ST5 has a couple of offers that allow you to use it for free.

If you are a commercial user, there is a 45 day trial (http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/velocity/solidedge/free-solid-edge.shtml) that gives you full featured access in a time limited fashion and it’s intended purpose is for evaluation towards a purchase.  If this is something you are interested in, don’t hesitate to talk to a reseller and if you are a current SolidWorks user, there are some trade-in deals at this time that seem pretty good (https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/campaigns/solid-edge-promo/index.cfm?)

If you are a student, there is a student version (https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/about_us/goplm/arc/se-academic/solid-edge-student.cfm?) that gives you full featured access with one exception… All files saved in this version are marked as being authored in a student version and cannot be opened in a commercial version and the drawings have a water mark that marks them as such too.

Whatever you choose to do, there are learning tools built into Solid Edge.  Just look under Help and check out the Tutorials and the Self Paced Training.

You can also talk to a reseller about classroom training too if you wish and some provide free webinars you can attend over lunch such as AllyPLM’s Lunch Byte series (http://allyplm.com/solidedgetutorials/).  There are also other online resources for training such as those published by Solid Mastermind (http://www.solidmastermind.com/) and of course, don’t forget to take advantage of the Solid Edge discussion groups hosted by Siemens PLM (https://bbs.industrysoftware.automation.siemens.com/vbulletin/forum.php).

So if you haven’t already, go get yourself some Solid Edge.  It’s free and you just may Design Better!

Solid Edge University 2013

I’m sure you have all heard the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none”.  I think of this phrase when some entity tries to serve too many purposes that it really doesn’t focus too well on any of them.

This happened a few years ago with UGS in regards to the Solid Edge annual international user group meeting.  Due to what I imagine was a concern with costs and economy of scale, someone decided that the independent Solid Edge Summit should be wrapped into the annual PLM World event with all the other UGS products.  What happened is we lost that Solid Edge only focus and it became watered down and generalized. Needless to say, it was giant flop, and in just a few years Solid Edge had lost most of it’s annual conference attendees.

Under the new management of Karsten Newbury, he and his team decided in 2011 to hold a Solid Edge only international event and it was a big success! Because it was such a hit, it was repeated in 2012… And it was an even bigger success!  So again for 2013, there will be another Solid Edge international user event…

Solid Edge University 2013 (http://www.solidedgeu.com/)…  It will be held in Cincinnati June 24th-27th, however the 24th will cover the Solid Edge Application Programming Interface, the 25th-26th will cover Solid Edge usage and I’m sure a preview of ST6, and the 27th will cover your choice of FEMAP topics or Insight XT configuration topics.  While the schedule isn’t firmed up yet, based on the content of the 2012 event you can expect hands on computer training as well as lots of interesting and beneficial presentations from users, product managers and resellers covering a wide variety of topics… All pertaining to Solid Edge!  And don’t forget the peer to peer discussions that can happen during breakfast, lunch, break, and evening social times with fellow users made up of us old salty dogs as well as newbies, and the Solid Edge staff.

Be aware that the first level Early Bird discount is in effect through March 29th, and until then, if you get 3 folks from your company to attend you can save $150 each on general admission (buy two get one free) for a per person rate of only $300… Not bad for being fed breakfast, lunch, a dinner, and copious amounts of Solid Edge wisdom!

A must see event for anyone using or thinking of using Solid Edge.  I am planning on being there again this year and I hope to see you there too, so get registered and Design Better!