Solid Edge

Solid Edge is a portfolio of easy to access, affordable, intuitive tools addressing all aspects of product development – design, simulation, visualization, manufacturing and design management. Combining the speed of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design, made possible with our unique Synchronous Technology (ST).

Solid Edge offers different applications to suit your needs. From powerful 2D Drafting to an advanced 3D system – complete with assembly design, automated drawing production, simulation and assembly applications – Solid Edge is the most comprehensive and scalable digital product development system from Siemens that is designed for mainstream engineering.

The Solid Edge portfolio features:

Advanced 3D design that simplifies product development for unprecedented productivity

With Solid Edge you can build entire 3D digital prototypes and optimize your designs before production. You can design assemblies with machined, cast or stylized components and leverage process-specific applications to simplify frame, piping, tube, wiring, weldment and mold tooling design. You can use digital prototyping to show how your products will operate and appear in real life through exploded views, photorealistic renderings and animations. With more accurate digital prototypes, you can achieve higher levels of product quality in less time.

Built-in data management: Fast access to the data you need and integrated revision and release management, all with no database software to maintain

Teamcenter integration for Solid Edge: For larger users and those with more complex processes, Solid Edge integrates with Teamcenter for full access to PLM

Built-in Solid Edge data management provides excellent capabilities for smaller manufacturers who may be struggling to work with fast growing volumes of CAD files. Setup is really fast, you just need to place an index on the folders where you store your Solid Edge files! And no IT support is required as you don’t need to install or maintain any database software.
You can search instantly for Solid Edge files based on file names, and standard or custom properties. You can also perform where-used searches that enable you to find which assemblies a part is used in so you can assess the impact of a proposed design change before it is started.

The Design Manager utility enables you to review and edit properties of multiple files, and to perform revision and release operations on Solid Edge parts, assemblies and drawings. And you can backup, share, and synchronize your Solid Edge files using popular cloud based file sharing software like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and Box.
Using these data management capabilities you can get control of your data and processes and experience fewer errors in manufacturing; and with more consistent data, you will be in an excellent position to upgrade to Teamcenter should the need arise.

The Teamcenter® Integration for Solid Edge enables you to improve the quality of your product development process by enhancing your Solid Edge CAD data management and to create a single design data management environment for mechanical, electronic, software and simulation tools and data. The integration provides access to a full range of product lifecycle management (PLM) capabilities to further optimize your design-through-manufacturing processes.
Designers benefit from transparent completion of many tedious data management tasks, faster searching for the data they need and improved revision and configuration control throughout the product lifecycle. Direct access to Teamcenter Active Workspace is now available using an embedded window within Solid Edge. The end result is an improved product development process with less errors and rework. And, lower product costs through an improved flow of information to manufacturing and increased reuse of existing proven components in new designs.
The Teamcenter Integration for Solid Edge is released synchronously with Solid Edge ensuring a smooth upgrade process and eliminating any waiting for an external PDM software supplier to support the latest release of Solid Edge.

Integrated part and assembly static, modal, buckling and heat transfer analysis
Femap for high performance simulation that significantly reduces physical testing and speeds time to market

Solid Edge Simulation is a built-in finite element analysis (FEA) tool for design engineers to digitally validate part and assembly designs within Solid Edge. Based on proven Femap finite element modeling and NX Nastran solver technology, Solid Edge Simulation significantly reduces the need for physical prototypes, which lowers your material and testing costs, and saves design time.
With Solid Edge Simulation you can create finite element models for solid and sheet metal structures automatically, as well as make adjustments to refine the mesh to improve accuracy of the results. For assemblies, Solid Edge Simulation offers automatic contact detection and sets up realistic component interaction, including iterative linear and glued contact.
With Solid Edge Simulation you can investigate static analyses, determine the natural frequencies of the structure, and find out if it can withstand expected loading conditions without buckling. You can also perform heat transfer and design optimization analyses. If your analysis needs go beyond the functions in Solid Edge Simulation, then you can easily transfer your design and modeling data into the advanced Femap FE modeling and analysis environment.

Solid Edge Simulation Express offers you an entry into embedded simulation. Included in Solid Edge Classic, Solid Edge Simulation Express provides a first pass simulation of individual solid or sheet metal components for statics and modal analyses. Like Solid Edge Simulation, it is based on the proven Femap modeling technology and uses the industry-standard NX Nastran solver.

  • CAM Express: Flexible NC programming solution that improves machining productivity
  • Integration with 3D Printers through Microsoft’s 3D Builder app
  • 3rd party CAM applications for machining and sheet metal manufacturing

CAM Express, part of the Solid Edge® software portfolio, redefines manufacturing productivity with a full range of NC programming capabilities optimized for machinery parts that can be configured by purchasing selected modules or complete bundles of applications depending on your requirements.
This fast and highly accurate machining solution offers automated, context-specific functions that simplify the generation of smart tool paths for prismatic parts. Advanced programming capabilities that are necessary for machinery parts are available with milling, drilling, turning, mill-turn and wire EDM applications.

Additional apps from 3rd party software providers that add more capabilities including for example process plant design, electrical cable routing, technical publications and standard parts catalogs.