Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Early Bird Gets the Worm…

Solid Edge University 2013’s ( 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:
If you are having trouble convincing someone that the benefits of attending SEU far outweigh the costs, check out the following page: 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: 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: 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…: 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! 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 (

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 ( 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 (

If you are a student, there is a student version ( 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 (  There are also other online resources for training such as those published by Solid Mastermind ( and of course, don’t forget to take advantage of the Solid Edge discussion groups hosted by Siemens PLM (

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 (…  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!