Solid Edge is a 3D CAD, parametric feature (history based) and synchronous technology solid modeling software. It runs on Microsoft Windows and provides solid modeling, assembly modeling and 2D orthographic view functionality for mechanical designers. Through third party applications it has links to many other Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technologies.
Originally developed and released by Intergraph in 1996 using the ACIS geometric modeling kernel, it changed to using the Parasolid kernel when it was purchased and further developed by UGS Corp in 1998. In 2007, UGS was acquired by the Automation & Drives Division of Siemens AG. UGS company was renamed Siemens PLM Software on October 1, 2007.
Since September 2006, Siemens has also offered a free 2D version called Solid Edge 2D Drafting. Solid Edge is available in either Classic or Premium. The “Premium” package includes all of the features of “Classic” plus mechanical and electrical routing software, and powerful engineering simulation capabilities for Computer Aided Engineering (CAE).
Solid Edge is a direct competitor to SolidWorks, Creo, Inventor, IRONCAD, etc.
- A draft file consists of the 3D model projected to one or more 2D views of a part or assembly file.
- Solid Edge integrates with Share point and Team center to provide product lifecycle management. Solid Edge also integrates with PLM products from third parties. Solid Edge ST9 brought a new data management capability that leverages the Windows file indexing service to add basic data management functionality without the need for an additional server or set-up.
- Solid Edge provides support for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) starting with Solid Edge ST2 version released in 2009. This functionality is based on Siemens PLM’s existing Femap and NX Nastran technologies.
Speaker: SK.T. NAGUR SHARIF, Asst. Manager, Canter CADD Dilsuknagar