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:

Solid Edge ST6 First Look…

As you may know, Solid Edge University 2013 is coming up in about 3 weeks ( 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!