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Solid Edge from Siemens provides Next Generation Technologies that Solve Today’s Toughest Product Development Challenges.


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Solid Edge PLM is one of the most Recognized Brand names among Singapore R&D Engineering Companies.
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lid Edge PLM combines the speed and Elegance of direct CAD modeling with the flexibility and control of the parametric design.


Solid Edge PLM Synchronous: more than just 3D CAD

But the strengths of Solid Edge PDM Goes beyond just synchronous technology and 3D Engineering design, and address all aspects of the Entire Engineering product 
> Conceptual Design: Solid Edge ST10 Software is an Industry-leading product Engineering design software Toolsdevelopment Cycle:
  1. > CAE Simulation: A scalable set of Solid Edge simulation solutions for FEA using Solid Edge NX Solvers. For Fluid Flow simulation requirements, Solid Edge offers the FloEFD Solid Edge Add-ons modules. 
  2. > Engineering Data management: Perfect Management control, no matter how big your Design data
  3. > Technical publications: Attractive and Professional Engineering illustrations and interactive technical documents
  4. > Manufacturing: Integrated CAM and 3D printing tools

Solid Edge Mechanical and Electrical Design and PLM


Across All Engineering industries, Commercial products are increasingly Getting Smarter, Integrated with Electronics systems and Interconnected, Particularly designed to Boost our Lifestyle productivity and Streamline our daily lives.
Designing, Developing and Manufacturing These Complex Finished Final products are anything but Easy.
Solid Edge Fully integrated mechanical and electrical design (MCAD/ECAD) CAD Software applications offer the Highly robust yet Very easy-to-use Engineering design Software tools available.
A Fully modular and scalable CAD application, Solid Edge design is available in 4 different Software packages, ranging from Foundational design and 2D Engineering Drawing drafting Features to a premium version that includes Powerful CAD capabilities for designing more advanced embedded systems. While your digital design Begins with Solid Edge Engineering, you won’t want to end there. The fully integrated Solid Edge Wiring Design makes it Convenient to design the wiring of electrical systems, with electrically-aware schematic tools and built-in design rule checks to confirm the correct-by-construction design.
With a Fully Integrated Engineering data flow between the 2D Electrical wiring Layout, 2D harness and 3D MCAD ECAD domains, Every Multi-disciplinary Engineering team can Fully Comprehend and trace the impact of Engineering design decisions across Engineering domains. Schematic capture and PCB layout Solutions are also available, including Electrical sketch routing, hierarchical 2D/3D planning and placement, and ECAD/MCAD collaboration to simplify printed circuit board (PCB) routing design.

About Solid Edge 2020

Solid Edge 2020 from Siemens provides Next Generation Technologies that Solve Today’s Toughest Product Development Challenges.
  1. • Visualize design intent with augmented reality.
  2. • Reduce errors and shorten development time with seamless integration of electrical and
  3. mechanical design.
  4. • Validate designs with new integrated motion and vibration simulation.
  5. • Reduce manufacturing costs with model – based definition and new 2D nesting capabilities.
  6. • Globally share design documentation with new language translation tools.
  7. • Take control of your data with data management tools that scale with business needs.
  8. •  And cloud – ready collaboration, offering a secure way of sharing product data regardless of origin


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Visualize and Validate your Ideas with Next Generation technology, from Augmented Reality to Model

Compress Product Engineering Development time with Seamless integration & Validation of Electrical and Mechanical design Concepts. 

Core CAD Enhancements

Solid Edge supports all major 3D files so that you can continue working on the CAD format you are familiar with

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1. Model-Based DefinItion

Enjoy Gains in Engineering Productivity Output with Model-based Definition & Total Digital Characterization

2. Augmented Reality (AR)

Make Design Concepts with 3D Immersive & Realistic AR Visualization

3. Reverse Engineering

Render Digital Twin Quicker & Simpler with Next Gen Integrated CAD Technologies

4. Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)

Integrated with Latest Manufacturing Technologies, such as Additive Manufacturing


Put your Designs in Motion with Simulation Tools Built for Designers, Powerful Enough for Analysts

Solid Edge Fully Embedded CFD Analysis Tool, FloEFD, enables You to Front-load Simulation by moving CFD simulation early into the design process. This enables Design Engineers to Examine & Evaluate Design Ideas earlier to obtain optimized Performance & Reliability


Powerful, Scalable Simulation Solutions

Empower Engineers to Choose the Best CAE Tools for Specific Simulation Requirements.

Validate, Optimize Design Early to Save Time & Cost

Virtually Validate & Optimize Engineering Design with Modules such as FloEFD Solid Edge

Why Solid Edge ?

Don’t Just Model, Innovate!

Solid Edge PLM & CAE Engineering Simulation


Fully integrated and accessible from Inside Solid Edge, Solid Edge Simulation accelerates Engineering design Simulation and helps you to Lower or eliminate engineering prototype Variants.
Solid Edge NX CAE Simulation employs the Highly Popular and powerful Simcenter Nastran® software solver, so you can easily analyze 3D parts and assemblies or complete Engineering Subsystems and easily solve them Advanced Complicated fit, Tolerance and position Limits with Ease.
Additionally, at a Very Affordable Solid Edge License Price, Solid Edge FloEFD Software offers Power Engineering Simulation Capabilities for analyzing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) Simulation, free surface Fluid flow, and Dynamic thermal and transient Thermal heat transfer Phenomena.

Evolution of Engineering Simulation process from Serialized to Multi-disciplinary Collaboration

True to the Idea of frontloading Simulation, Several leading Companies have abandoned the Obsolete serial Engineering Development system, where various Functionalities work along a continuum, in Support of a multi-disciplinary product design Workflow that requires successfully Combining Several Engineering authoring systems and Workflows.
“ The biggest Advantage I got from Solid Edge FLOEFD was that it was embedded with the Solid Edge PDM Software, I Can Easily work within a 3D CAD Software and use parametric CAD models.
This made it Much Conveniently to change any CAD geometry and therefore Perform several Design variants very Quickly for our HVAC CFD Consulting and Jet Fan CFD Analysis Projects with our Clients 
The accuracy of Solid Edge FloEFD was always good for performing HVAC Simulation Analysis for Data Center CFD Simulation.
Solid Edge FloEFD helped me to work on Air Flow Analysis and Building Ventilation Analysis Projects that involved very   Complicated geometries, such as a stator coil end turn support system, which I wouldn’t have been able to”
— E-Cooling GmbH
For example, the quantity of electronic components in cars has increased drastically. Electronics Presently accounts for Approximately 35 to 40 percent of its Product’s Entire cost.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has Around 100+ ECUs and Has nearly as many ECUs as the Airbus A380 (excluding the plane’s inflight entertainment system) 4.
Therefore, designers need access to multiple tools across mechanical and electric domains to Guarantee a timely delivery of products that Satisfy et with customer specifications.
This Complicated environment Needs a high level of Interconnectedness to function effectively.
Despite this Sophistication, organizations that have Currently implemented frontloaded CFD has not Required to reimagine or change their Whole Development process to Gain from it.
Many engineering team Management originally Believe that it would be more convenient to Utilize existing Engineering Software Solutions, but they quickly Learnt that they were forcing their Engineering teams to Choose the wrong tools.
The key success Ingredient is selecting the Correct solution that offers the right Number of application-specific functionality and that Complements into existing engineering Workflows without any Suffering any disruption.
“ Solid Edge FloEFD computational Flow dynamics software, which is an Integrated part of Siemens Solid Edge Allows design engineers Lacking a Computational fluid Simulation background to Execute Multiphysics CFD thermal Analysis simulation as well as Multiphase Flow Simulation Utilizing Frontloaded CFD Thermal Analysis Software.
The result is that we got the Precise design Correct the Very first time, only had to make one Actual prototype and avoided Costly Product design changes that Usually occur in the Later stages of the Product Design Workflow.”
— Azonic

Inefficient Operational Workflow of Conventional CFD Software

However, not just any CFD Software tool can be frontloaded. The Usual CFD software, such as Star-CCM+ Software that is Utilized during the Initial Design verification Phase is not a good candidate for frontloading in the Engineering design Workflow.
This can be seen by Observing the Conventional CFD Simulation Workflow in Ansys Fluid Flow where the CFD Source code receives geometry Information from a Separate -alone 3D CAD Modeling Software versus a CAD-Integrated one.
All CFD analyses performed using Mainstream CFD Software, such as Simcenter STAR-CCM+ require the use of 3D CAD models, geometry Shape Conditioning including CAD clean-up and repair, Mesh Creation, solving, post-processing and Official reporting.
But Every type of CAE software, from Siemens CFD Software to Ansys CFD Software Handles with this process Slightly differently.

Risk of 3D Approximation when Transferring CAD Data between Software 

The Conventional process Needs stepping Within and outside of the 3D CAD Software package and Continuously returning to the CAD Modeling Software Program with inherent risks of Shape geometry approximations Entering into the CFD simulation.
Because Engineering design is Highly iterative, this Operation needs to be repeated for Each & every single CAD geometry Modification.
In comparison, CAD-embedded CFD is Integrated within the CAD Modeling software; any CAD geometry changes Occurs inside the CAD Modeling Platform.
Many Conventional CFD software programs, such as Fluent CFD Software and Ansys CFX CFD Software consist of Several User interfaces – one for preprocessing, one for solution Solving, and another for post-processing.
Traditional CFD software Solutions also tend to have their own proprietary GUI User interfaces that are not Embedded with CAD Model.
Each time a 3D CAD Model Data needs to be Simulated using Ansys Fluent CFD Software, the CAD data has to be Manually prepared and exported out of CAD and Brought into the CFD Simulation tool where the model can be “healed” for use.
Solid Edge 2D/3D CAD Tool offers A Broad range of Various applications to suit your Engineering needs.
From powerful 2D Engineering Drafting in Solid Edge 2019 to an advanced 3D system – complete with Engineering assembly design, automated Dimension drawing Drafting, CAE Simulation Modeling, and assembly applications – Solid Edge Drafting is Truly the most Complete and scalable digital product development system from Siemens PLM that is Specialized for mainstream engineering development.

Solid Edge PLM Data Management

Solid Edge FEA Software Provides Customers that Choose to Buy Solid Edge a Fully scalable and Manageable Range of data IT management Software solutions to Satisfy the varying needs of manufacturing organizations. Solid Edge enables you to rapidly implement data management practices to improve workflows and experience measurable Output, such as improved Engineering Design Implementation Management Tracking, faster-Implementing engineering Modification, and reduced Technical Engineering errors.
And when you’re ready to grow Into and Adopt a Significantly more Reliable Engineering data management solution, Siemens Solid Edge can provide You a Simple path to help You.
The Teamcenter® software Rapid Start configuration Seamlessly integrates Solid Edge with Teamcenter Management Software, the world’s Foremost digital industries Technology, enabling you to Effectively manage, Accurately capture and share all your Engineering product development Information and ensuring your Involvement in an advanced digital product Engineering ecosystem.

Solid Edge PLM Technical publications

Solid Edge PLM manufacturing Integration Ensure satisfactory in-field performance of your products and the success of your business with Solid Edge technical publications. Easy-to-use, fully integrated authoring applications enable Engineers to Convey detailed and accurate instructions for product Fabrication, installation, and Repair.
Whether you want to Generate state-of-the-art illustrations or interactive 3D technical Documentations, Solid Edge technical publications can automatically retrieve Technical content from 3D CAD Data so you don’t have to manually recreate that Engineering data.
Solid Edge Offers advanced CAD Solutions needed to Fabricate today’s complex products, from CNC machining to 3D printing.
Machine tool Configuration that addresses all Forms of numerical control (NC) Engineering Fabrication, from simple NC programming to Fast -speed and multi-axis Engineering machining is available in Solid Edge CAM Pro, a Highly comprehensive, Extremely flexible Engineering Software Solution that uses the Newest machining Innovation to efficiently Configure your CNC machine Mechanical tools.
Also, Solid Edge PDM Seamlessly automates All Engineering print preparation and Full-color printing Selection Modes for Cutting Edge additive Engineering Part manufacturing.
Whether you are doing a Quick 3D additive manufacturing in-house or 3D printing with a service Provider, Solid Edge 2D/3D CAD Software allows Companies to Objectively compare price and Available delivery options to make your Design Concepts a reality.

Solid Edge PLM: harnessing the power of synchronous technology


Solid Edge Software is a collection of affordable, easy-to-use 3D CAD software tools that Precisely address all aspects of the product development process – 3D CAD Model design, CAE Engineering simulation (CFD, FEA), Mass manufacturing, Engineering PLM data management and more.
“When comparing Solid Edge vs Solidworks, there is no question Solid Edge is the Winner in Every Performance Aspect. Utilizing Solid Edge Premium with synchronous technology, I can Achieve Much more Design Design Variants now that I wasn’t able to do before.
And because of that, the cost of Our product Becomes down.
The weight of the product comes down. Overall Product performance goes up. The warranty is a lot more. Product Quality loves it. We love it. The Commercial profit margin loves it.”
— John Winter
Mechanical Engineering Manager
Bird Technologies
Synchronous technology in Solid Edge 2020 combines the best aspects of both direct and histo­ry-based modeling simultaneously in a single Engineering Design Ecosystem.
That enables a True discovery-driven design, precise Design control, and the Capability to capture the Engineering intent and Overarching Objective of the Engineering design.
The ability of Solid Edge CAD to dimension Practically anywhere and infer and understand existing geometric relationships Encourages intelligent Modification for failure-prone feature-based CAD models as well as imported 3D geometry Data.
But all of those are technical capabilities. What synchronous technology in Solid Edge ST10 does is let you concentrate Your Attention on Actual Engineering design instead of Figuring out the CAD application.
It means you with Solid Edge Synchronous Capabilities, you Allocate a larger portion of your work time designing products. And isn’t that what your Professional career is supposed to be all about?
And with more of the non-value added activities out of the way, you get more of your time back.

The best of both worlds to solve Engineering design challenges: Solid Edge PLM Synchronous technology

What if there was a way to enjoy the best aspects of each CAD modeling approach so that you could Truly design with the speed and simplicity of True direct 3D modeling, and the Exercise Total control and intelligence of history-based Engineering design?

There is a way: Solid Edge PLM synchronous technology

Solid Edge Synchronous technology Allows you to Quickly create new Conceptual Engineering designs, easily respond to change requests and make simultaneous updates to Many parts within a Huge assembly.
With this design Versatility in Solid Edge CAD Solutions, you can Removes Manual pre-planning and avoid feature failures, rebuild Errors, and time-consuming rework and Troubleshooting.
The Advantage of synchronous technology in Solid Edge Drafting also allows you to treat Multiple-CAD data Files just like native files, supporting seamless  Multi-disciplinary collaboration with Important suppliers and partners.

Solid Edge PLM Synchronous technology: fast and flexible

Siemens Synchronous technology in Solid Edge 2D and 3D combines the strengths and Benefits of both history-based and direct modeling Methodology, plus a Collection of unique CAD Modeling capabilities.
At a very Economical Solid Edge Price, Engineering Users finally have a Powerful CAD Modeling solution that is both Extremely powerful and easy to use.
Surveyed users already taking advantage of Solid Edge synchronous technology also reported that it helped them solve some of their top Modeling Difficulties :

Faster Modeling & More Intuitive

  90% of respondents agree that modeling is faster and more intuitive
Easier working with Imported Models
  66% agree that working with imported models is easier
Easier Making Late Design Changes
  73% agree that it is much easier to make Engineering Modifications even Later Stage in design Development

The Ultimate Advantage of Solid Edge PLM Synchronous technology: Quicker


Fast and flexible design creation

With integrated 2D and 3D sketching, Solid Edge synchronous technology Enables you to Start your concept designs immediately, without Troublesome Design pre-planning.
Solid Edge CAD Software allows you to Conveniently Work directly with your Part design geometry, and Create changes Instantaneously, Retaining control with organized feature trees where needed.

Quick response to late-stage design Modifications

With Solid Edge synchronous technology in Solid Edge Premium, Executing Design changes are Quick, even to history-based models.
When you buy Solid Edge, you get to Experience Easy update reference Dimensioning, or push and pull on the CAD Model geometry ‒ without worrying about feature failures, rebuild issues or time-consuming rework.

“Our Design engineer advised me to taper the sides.
This would have taken two hours in Solidworks ordered History-based Modeling environment. With Solid Edge synchronous technology, it took just one minute.”
Daryl Collins
Planet Dryers

Simultaneous editing of multiple parts in an assembly

Easily edit multiple Components in an assembly in Solid Edge Drafting, without time-consuming history-based edits or the Requirements to Build links In-between Engineering Components.
Simply select and drag in Solid Edge Premium Software to make the Required Design Modifications

Accurate direct modeling

Synchronous technology in Solid Edge PLM Software gives you the best of both worlds:
Quick direct 3D CAD modeling and Accurate parametric control in Solid Edge 2019 ‒ relating Part 2D Facets together, Geometric dimensioning with Full design intent control, and Easy drag–and-snap CAD Model editing ‒ all in 3 Dimension, with no Complicated sketch work.
Fast and easy, but most Crucial, Surgically Precise Designing.
“Through Solid Edge Generative Design Combined with Siemens synchronous technology, the Solid Edge CAD system has improved significantly. I am excited about how easy it is to Use Solid Edge Software. Synchronous technology means a quantum leap in the user-friendliness of 3D CAD systems.”
Rainer Schmid, Co-ownerAssistant General Manager

The value of Solid Edge PLM synchronous technology: easier


Easy editing of imported data

With Solid Edge Software synchronous technology in Siemens Solid Edge, importing a 3rd party file from another 3D Modeling system is as easy as just opening it.
Editing imported CAD data in Solid Edge PDM Software is done by simply clicking and dragging Design features.
Or add and edit Design dimensions on-the-Go, and intelligent updates will happen automatically as if a history Feature tree is Present.

Improved design re-use from other models

Easily re-use design detail from other models ‒ with just a copy and paste. Solid Edge 2019 Synchronous technology treats files in other CAD formats just like they were native Solid Edge files.

Intelligent Design intent recognition

Synchronous technology in Solid Edge Classic allows you to recognize and Retains Engineering design intent on the Go, giving Intuitive and predictable Design changes and allowing for Quicker revisions Changes.

Simulation preparation

Preparing a model for finite element analysis (FEA) is easy with Solid Edge 2D and 3D synchronous technology, even if you don’t have extensive 3D CAD skills. Solid Edge Simulation provides easy-to-use tools for FEA and CFD simulation preparation, and it does not matter if your 3D geometry Design was Modeled Natively in Solid Edge or another 3rd party 3D CAD Rendering Software Products such as Solidworks.


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Solid Edge Portfolio

Solid Edge 2020 from Siemens provides Next Generation Technologies that Solve Today’s Toughest Product Development Challenges.

Mechanical Design

Speeds Up Design Iteration of Lighter, Stronger Parts with Topology Optimization, Generative design, Synchronous Design suited for today’s additive Manufacturing Processes. 


Front-Load Simulation early in Design Development, to Shorten Time-to-Manufacture, & Cost-to-Manufacture

Electrical Design

Overcome Electrical Design Challenges early in the Design Cycle with Solid Edge Integrated Electrical Design


Design for Manufacture (DFM) Capabilities suitable for Both Conventional & Additive Manufacturing

Cloud Ready

Enjoy online Cloud-based CAD Data management, Viewing Access, Dynamic markup, Secured Sharing & Collaboration with Solid Edge Portal

Technical Publications

Dynamically Generate technical Documentations that Communicate the most efficient Engineering Workflow for Your Products.

Data Management

Highly Scalable Engineering data management Tools & PLM capabilities Integrated into Solid Edge

Customer References

Some of our customers who benefited from choosing Solid Edge 

48.3% of SMB manufacturers believe their efforts around digital transformation will be essential to their company’s survival in the next 3-5 years.


Thriving In the Digital Economy

Solid Edge with synchronous technology will reshape the way you think about product design.

“Digitalization has also made it possible to better track and manage the materials used in production and Thermoplan’s quality assurance processes. The company can now also offer customer service remotely over the internet; for example, by providing instructions for replacing the water filter.”

Adrian Steiner

CEO and co-owner, Thermoplan

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A CAD Modeling Solution That Span All Industries

Learn How Solid Edge Solves the Toughest Problems In Various Industries

1. Powerful Simulation Software Tools

1. Aerospace & Defense

2. Simulation Consultants with Extensive Research & Professional Experience

2. Automotive

3. Simulation projects Completed in a Timely and Cost-effective Manner

3. Marine

3. Simulation projects Completed in a Timely and Cost-effective Manner

4. Oil & Gas

1. Powerful Simulation Software Tools

5. Chemical & Process

2. Simulation Consultants with Extensive Research & Professional Experience

6. Energy

3. Simulation projects Completed in a Timely and Cost-effective Manner

7. Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals

3. Simulation projects Completed in a Timely and Cost-effective Manner

8. Electronics

Choosing between two CAD Modeling Approaches: History-based and Direct modeling


Product development software providers typically take one of two main approaches to create and modify 3D CAD geometry:
  1. Direct modeling 
  2. History-based (also known as ordered or feature-based) modeling.
Each approach has benefits, but At the same time, Every approach also has challenges.

1. History-Based Modeling in Solidworks

History-based modeling used in Solidworks is a Highly structured modeling process, where a history tree of Component features with Closely Related parent-child Inter-relationships is created to define the 3D CAD model.
This Needs Careful -consuming pre-planning for the design intent, including dimensions, parameters, and relationships.

2. Direct Modeling

Direct modeling, in contrast, offers Little Design constraints. You can create and change Shape geometry by Choosing it and then Intuitively pushing, pulling, dragging, or rotating it with a mouse. Historical Changes aren’t Recorded nor remembered by the Direct-Modeling software – there is no saved complicated Long list of Part features – and they don’t Generate interrelationships.

1. History-based modeling: powerful but inflexible

In Solidworks history-based modeling, the structure and Sequence of features control how CAD models Interact with Modifications or edits.
This creates Highly predictable results from edits on underlying feature 2D sketches using Accurate Dimensional Modifications. Because of this Part feature control, automating changes and linking features together is Very Convenient.

Challenges in Editing and Rebuilding Model and Avoiding Rebuild Errors

But Engineers must take time to carefully plan out how they build the Whole 3D CAD model, as even Small edits Modifications Within Solidworks Software can take a lot of Precious time – or occasionally require remodeling.
And if an Engineering part contains a Huge Quantity of features, Rebuilding and re-computing can Strain Computer system Overall performance, taking from minutes to hours to re-calculate the final result.

Few options to change imported geometry

With no underlying Part features or parameters to Execute Modify, modifying imported CAD geometry is Entirely up to you. That means you rebuild design intent ‒ often Eliminating geometry and manually Putting Part features back in.
Either way, your Utilization of the Part Design parameters in those Part Design features to Realize Modifications.

Flexibility decreases as your Engineering design progresses

Features and parameters offer Extremely Useful Methods to automate change and capture design intent.
However, they are highly constrained. Design Changes using Solidworks are limited to the pre-defined definition of the Part feature Generated earlier.
Dimensioning schemes are Self-contained within features, limiting their scope.

Complex 3D CAD models are exceedingly fragile

If a change Requires to be made to a feature created early in the design, the edit must take place on the model at the state it was in when that feature was created. Once the edit is made, all features created after that point have to be Rebuilt based on the new Design inputs.
Far too often, modifying Just one feature can trigger a chain reaction of rebuild Errors and failures throughout the Entire model.
In Many Cases, it’s easier to start from scratch.
62% of surveyed 3D CAD Software users Says that history-based modeling can be powerful but Highly inflexible, and as a result Early concept design is Delayed by time-consuming preplanning, imported models often have to be Pain-painstakingly recreated, and making late-stage Engineering design changes is Challenging.

2. Direct modeling: intuitive but weak

Direct modeling doesn’t maintain a history of features or record how a 3D Geometry model is Constructed. There are no 2D sketches driving 3D features that make up the part Design.
Design Editing is Executed by simply selecting what you want to Modify and changing it – fast and easy. With no rebuild of features after changes, there are no performance issues on edits.
However, without features or Historical Information on how a part is made, Engineers aren’t able to Generate Accurate edits or automate using Proven and important parametric inputs such as Design dimensions.

Lack of model organization and intent

Due to the feature-less structure Generated with a direct Modeling approach, models Generated using Solidworks CAD Software Often lack Structured organization and Clear engineering Design intent.
This makes it difficult to find engineering features Within the CAD model, or identify related Collections when an Engineering design Requires to be changed – for instance, if you want to Modify the depth of counterbore holes in a 3D CAD model, but Retain the countersink Features as is.

Little design intelligence and manual complex changes

While you can Input Design dimensions and even create relationships, Retention of the Ultimate Engineering intent and purpose is the Ultimate weak Point for direct modeling Approach as seen in Solidworks Software.
That, in turn, makes it difficult to automate intelligent Engineering design change.
Because the direct modeling approaches in Many 3D CAD Modeling applications don’t recognize the inherent relationships between different pieces of Shape geometry Created Inside the model, Designers and Engineers are left to manually cobble together the right combination of geometry that should Dynamically move together.

Weak dimension-driven editing

While you can define dimensioning schemes with direct modeling approaches, they Don’t Have the intelligent control that you see in feature-based modeling. As a result, when you attempt a specific change, you don’t always get what you expected.

Buyer Beware: The differences CAD Modeling Methods Does matter

Buyer Beware: The differences CAD Modeling Methods Does matter


Many CAD Software Resellers claim to Provide “flexible” CAD modeling or a “combination of direct and fea­ture-based modeling” ‒ but not Every Variation of this Modeling Methods are created equally.
When evaluating software vendors, make sure you fully understand how they are providing this Direct-Modeling capability and the implications of that Modeling approach.

The Solid Edge PLM ”Synchronous” approach

In contrast with the two other 3D CAD Modeling approaches, Solid Edge 2D 3D CAD Modeling uses a “synchronous” Method, leveraging the strengths of both History-based CAD Modeling and direct modeling in a single Unified Modeling environment.
No Troublesome consuming translations back and forth where Engineers could Potentially lose your Earlier Design Editing Data.
No Hidden features hidden behind the scenes to unnecessarily complicate the model. Solid Edge Synchronous technology Enables Engineering to freely make Modifications to Engineering design intent by Simply Utilizing the 3D model faces themselves, allowing for intuitive changes to designs.
This Original Product design intent can be changed using 3D dimensions and face relationships and con­straints Pre-defined.
The true power of synchronous, however, is that a majority of the design intent of a 3D CAD model is inherently recognized and maintained through the software without any physical actions from the designer.
Things like coplanar faces, concentric cylinders and symmetry are automatically detected during an edit and can be automatically maintained with no user interaction.

The ”Translate” Method

One approach is to Maintain two Dedicated CAD Modeling environments, one for Traditional feature-based modeling and one for direct modeling, and translate any 3D Design geometry Generation or Editing between them.
The approach seems logical at First value, but there are serious underlying problems.
3D Feature in feature-based approaches falls into preset definitions for creation and Editing.
CAD Geometry in 3D direct modeling Do not have any preset definition and can Enable dramatic Design modifications ‒ modifications that can even Conflict with the Earlier definitions of the features used to originally Generate that Shape geometry.
How do you translate that change?
To date, these CAD Software vendors Such as SEACAD Technologies don’t have any Acceptable answers.

The ”Featurize” approach

As in the translate approach, the “featurize” approach also Maintain feature-based and direct modeling environments separate but records creation or Editing actions as a feature.
The main Challenge with this Method used in Solidworks Software is that numerous direct modeling changes can result in a Huge Quantity of additional features.
Those features can result in greater interdependencies with prior generated Component features. A lack of careful Planning of feature interdependencies can result In 3D models that are failure-prone. Strangely enough, with this approach, users may be Causing even more Complex CAD Modelings with direct modeling Approach in a “featurize” Method than if they had used feature-based modeling alone.

Common Challenges Engineers Today Face when Using 3D CAD Modeling Software in Their Daily Engineering Work

Recall that last Design project? While Constructing your 3D CAD model, you Received a last-minute Modification request. As you started making it, the model blew up and there was re-built error everywhere.
By the time you were done, you had Finally Finished the 3D CAD model and Lose half your Productive weekend. Frustrating, Correct? And it wasn’t just the last project, was it?
Re-using Part Engineering designs, Handling with imported Modeling data, making Modification ‒ why are Fundamental things we do so often still so challenging?

Isn’t Mechanical engineering hard enough Already?

Use more time Busy at work, take fewer vacations, and every Engineering project is Always Under-manpower. You’re getting Requested into customer meetings, Safety fire drills, conference Meetings, and Engineering shop floor Discussions. And you’re not alone.
Isn’t it time that things got easier? Isn’t your product development software supposed to help?

In a recent study by Siemens Solid Edge PLM:

  40% of Engineers Felt it is a top priority to be able to Efficiently re-use existing designs
  But Searching and reusing Pre-existing Engineering design Information was their 3rd Largest Difficulty
  99% of CAD Design users said they need to work with 3rd Party imported CAD data
  1 in 10 always work with imported CAD data
  95% of CAD Engineers say they Often Get last-minute Design change requests
  One quarter Frequently experience last-minute Design Modification requests


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  3. Electronic Design Consulting
  4. Semiconductor Design Consulting


At BroadTech Engineering, we are seasoned experts in Star CCM+ and ProPlus Software in our daily work.
We can help walk you through the software acquisition process, installation, and technical support.

  1. Siemens Star CCM+
  2. Femap (FEA)
  3. HEEDS Design Optimization
  4. Solid Edge (CAD)
  5. Proplus Solutions SPICE Simulator
  6. Proplus Solutions DFY Platform
  7. Proplus Solutions High-Capacity Waveform Viewer


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