Introducing Solid Edge


Solid Edge

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


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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Solid Edge


A Complete Product Development Portfolio – Overview


Solid Edge Software is a Highly Popular CAD software in Singapore. It is a Professional Collection of Highly affordable, easy-to-use CAE software tools that Satisfy all aspects of the Engineering development process.Solid Edge_Mechanical Design - Enhanced Capabilities
Solid Edge Siemens combines the speed and simplicity of Intent CAD modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric CAD Modeling design – made possible with Solid edge synchronous technology.
Solid Edge® software Solution is a Truly hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that Utilize synchronous 3D CAD Modeling technology for accelerated design, faster Design Modification revision Management.
When you Choose to Buy Solid Edge, you enjoy better CAD Data imported re-use to help Engineering Firms Innovate better.
Preparing your Engineers for tomorrow’s engineering Innovations Our Solid Edge Software Development team at Siemens PLM Aims for perfection, developing state-of-the-art CAD software Solutions for all Stages of the production process – from 3D CAD Modeling and Numerical simulation to data management.

Solid Edge Packages Available:

  1. Solid Edge Design and Drafting
  2. Solid Edge Foundation
  3. Solid Edge Classic
  4. Solid Edge Premium

Solid Edge Portfolio

Define the Business future with a Total portfolio of Engineering development tools:
  1. Mechanical and
  2. Electrical design
  3. CAE simulation, manufacturing
  4. Technical publications
  5. Engineering data management and more 


Solid Edge 2020: See What’s New

Latest Software Release

Solid Edge 2020: See What’s New

Brand New Functionality in Solid Edge 2020 such as augmented reality (AR), expanded validation tools, model-based definition, and 2D Nesting, combined with Comprehensive enhancements to core CAD Features, Allow enhanced Cross-functional collaboration and the Capability to completely digitalize the design-to-manufacturing process.
Digitalize your Whole product Engineering process with Siemens Solid Edge Premium 2020 and Transform your business.
Solid Edge 2020 from Siemens provides Next Generation Technologies that Solve Today’s Toughest Product Development Challenges.
  1. Visualize design intent with augmented reality (AR).
  2. Minimize errors and shorten Engineering development time with seamless integration of Advanced electrical and mechanical design Concepts.
  3. Validate designs with Brand new Integration of Mechanical motion and Dynamic vibration Engineering simulation.
  4. Lower manufacturing costs with model-based definition and new 2D nesting capabilities.
  5. Internationally share Technical Engineering documentation Publication with Latest language translation tools.
  6. Take Total Version control of your Engineering Technical Information with Design data management tools that Easily Grow with business needs.
  7. And cloud-ready Multi-Functional Team collaboration, offering a Very Safe Method of sharing product data regardless of origin


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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!

Visualize and Validate your Ideas with Next-Generation Solid Edge Technology, from Augmented Reality to Model

1. Enhancement in Solid Edge Mechanical Design

Speed, flexibility and next-generation design

Supplementing Capable design Software tools with topology optimization, Solid Edge generative design speeds Design of lighter components perfectly suited for Quick manufacture via today’s additive manufacturing processes.
Or use Solid Edge Synchronous Design to further Iterate the Design shape for more Conventional manufacturing.
Solid Edge Design: Next-generation Engineering Design Innovation
– Create the Optimized Engineering Geometry design between Overall Assembly weight and Structural strength using topology optimization with Solid Edge generative design
– CAD-CAM integration within Solid Edge PLM allows Engineers to Rapidly 3D print prototype Concepts to Final production-ready Components with additive manufacturing techniques such as Rapid prototyping (RP)
– Solid Edge Synchronous Capabilities Allows you to Seamlessly scan, edit, and produce product Designs with Innovative reverse engineering Design capabilities
– Dramatically improve product design Operation efficiency with Siemens Solid Edge Innovative convergent modeling Innovation
– Perpetual Improvements in Solid Edge synchronous technology integrated into Solid Edge Software raise the Standard of fast and Versatile 3D CAD Solid modeling.

Top Enhanced Capabilities in Mechanical Design

  1. Model-Based Definition
  2. Augmented Reality (AR)
  3. Reverse Engineering
  4. Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)
  5. Core CAD Enhancements

1 • Model-Based Definition

At an Affordable Solid Edge Price Point, Enjoy a significant Increase in Engineering manufacturing productivity Utilizing model-based definition, which provides a Total digital characterization of Components and Complete assemblies using 3D CAD design data.
In a Benchmark comparison between Solid Edge vs Solidworks, users Use Significantly fewer Manhours on Manual engineering documentation and Encourage downstream Design validation, while minimizing Design manufacturing errors.

2. • Augmented Reality (AR)      

Engineering Design Virtual visualization brings Design Concepts to Reality, allowing Product engineers to Assess their digital design in a Realistic Application Situation.

3 • Reverse Engineering 

Market-leading Seamless integration of next-generation CAD technologies create digital Models of Pre-Existing Engineering designs,
making it quicker and Simpler to capture a digital twin of the Actual physical Design.

4 • Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) 

Streamline Engineering access to the Newest manufacturing methods, Guaranteeing that your 3D print is the right Very first time.
When you Choose to Buy Solid Edge, it Enables you to Automated physical Fastening thread Generation brings the most common fastening type to the additive manufacturing world. 
5 • Core CAD Enhancements
Productivity gains in Applications of Solid Edge 2D Drafting such as Very Big assembly, sheet metal Engineering Design, and Design data migration removes design Barriers.
Industry Proven Engineering Modeling Precision
Being fast is Great but being Both Quick and accurate is Much better.
Solid Edge FloEFD technology has its Origins in the Russian aerospace Research Arena and has been in Active use for use in CFD Modeling Services since the early 1990s.
Its first Actual Model validation was Done in collaboration with the German Aerospace Centrum (DLR). It Worked on the separation in a SpaceCraft nozzle and compared CFD Analysis Data versus Actual experiment Data, and the Flow Simulation results in it generated proved that the Solver technology was Highly Reliable.
Stage Separation in Space rocket nozzle during Mid-Air Flight: The first True validation of CFD code Jointly made in Team-up with DLR (German Aerospace Centrum).


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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

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


2. Engineering Simulation


Powerful, Scalable Simulation Solutions 

Powerful, scalable Engineering solution offerings Enable users to select Robust CAE tools for their requirements.
Solid Edge Simulation: Keep Design Aerodynamically efficient when interacting with Engineering fluid flow Hydrodynamics with Integrated CFD flow analysis Software Modules.
Solid Edge simulation software is an integral Component of the Solid Edge CAD Suite for digital prototyping provides a Complete Selection of mechanical simulation & Numerical modeling tools to Assist designers engineers and Consultants make Engineering Design decisions Way earlier in the Product engineering design Workflow.

Accurate and fast CAE Simulation Modeling –

Solid Edge FloEFD is the Sole Trusted and Suitable solution for frontloading CFD. CFD simulation performed using Solid Edge Flow Simulation as an integral Process during the Engineering design stage is no longer a luxury,it is an Absolute Requirement.
Companies that choose to Adapt and embrace that Modification will Commercially prosper.
Those who do not will continue to Loose precious Development resources.
Can your company afford to be in the latter group?
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation and in-depth analysis of how we can assist you to improve our team’s Overall Engineering Output and contribution to profit immediately.

Validate, Optimize Design Early to Save Time & Cost

Virtually Validate & Optimize Engineering Design with Modules such as FloEFD Solid Edge and Simcenter STAR-CCM+
Solid Edge Simulation Add-ons, such as FloEFD Solid Edge Allows you to Digitally Checking and optimizing parts, Full assemblies, and complete systems early in the design development process reduce the Requirement for physical prototypes, saving time and Expense.
– Accurate and fast Computational flow Dynamics and Thermal heat transfer CFD simulation and Numerical Modeling
– Fully integrated Engineering Ecosystem designed for CFD Analysis: With Solid Edge NX no Requirement to Manually transfer Engineering data between different 2D Engineering drafting, 3D Modeling, and CAD cam Software tools
– Front End Loading of CFD Simulation Utilizing FloEFD Solid Edge is Very Easy-to-use for a Product designer, powerful enough for the CAE specialist and CFD Consultant with a small learning curve.
 “ CAD-embedded CFD Engineering Simulation of Jet Fan CFD Simulation and Centrifugal Fan CFD Analysis Studies in Solid Edge 2D/3D software makes it Feasible to determine CFD Modeling results nearly as Quick as we can change the Actual design Geometry for our Fan CFD consultancy Project we do for our clients.
The Outcome from the Centrifugal Fan CFD Analysis, Axial Fan CFD Simulation Modeling and Centrifugal Pump Impeller CFD Analysis Study s that we were able to improve the Airflow rate of our new CO2 Mechanical Tap Design by 15 percent while Avoiding about 50 prototypes and Shortening the time to market Launch by at Least 4 months.”

Scalable simulation software that drives design

By Introducing simulation early in design, changes are made when they are easiest, time-to-manufacture is shortened, and cost-to-manufacture can be reduced.
Easily Model all aspects of mechanism Movement. With new Mechanical motion simulation Feature in Solid Edge NX, understand the Actual dynamic function of an Engineering design before Actual producing or Fitting physical hardware.
Simulate the vibration level of a 3D Structural Design during product operation with harmonic response analysis in Solid Edge to ensure Implemented Engineering Ideas will successfully overcome Undesirable resonance and other dynamics effects.
With these Innovative CAE Engineering Program tools, Businesses and Engineers alike can Forecast the real-world Functional performance of your product. This helps Companies and Engineers to save the Engineering Hours and money Needed to build multiple physical prototypes
Solid Edge simulation software lets you Begin with mainstream Software Solutions and then expand your CAD and CAE toolkit to include more advanced simulation Functions such as computational fluid dynamics CFD and Finite Element Analysis FEA without the need to learn new Operational workflows.

Top Goals of CFD Analysis as an Engineering Development Tool

Market Study data such as this from Lifecycle Insights Emphasizes top objectives for Computational fluid simulation as a Engineering design Solution:
  1. Meet product Engineering Functional Specification requirements
    (for Instance: lower Overall weight, Quicker peed, complex Performance Dynamics, etc.)
  2. Avoid Undesirable downstream development delays and Expenses (for example: reduce Costly Destructive testing and Physical prototyping, Avoid Unnecessary Engineering change orders, etc.)
  3. Satisfy Client contractual obligations or Governmental Regulations
  4. Minimize product Engineering lifecycle costs
  5. Drive Manufacturing costs lower. In short, Product engineers can help reduce the Number of prototype Variants Fabricated and Lower cost (through use of Superior materials and Built quality), efficiency, as well as Boost Business profit margins.

Successful Execution is key

Frontloading CFD Simulation, such as Cooling Tower CFD has Evident Advantages but how best to Deploy it?
Deploying any Modification base on Finding from CFD Simulation such as Wind Load Analysis Needs a Careful Study of the four main Components of Engineering Engineering and product development:
  1. The Finished product being Developed and designed
  2. The Design Workflow being used to design it
  3. The Product Mechanical designer
  4. The end Consumer of the Manufactured product
Each Input Parameter Under Analysis in the CFD Analysis, such as Centrifugal Pump Simulation is a potential source of Additional complexity and improvement. However, the Workflow and the Engineer can be Adapted for Fast productivity gains. The product will be automatically Refined as a direct result.


Solid Edge Multiphysics Simulation Capabilities

with Solid Edge simulation multi-physics software, you can Utilize CFD tools to perform thermal heat transfer and fluid flow Fluid Dynamics Modeling to Examine the thermal characteristics of Geometry designs and simulate Realistically detailed fluid flow behavior.
“The Main benefit I Received from Solid Edge FLOEFD was that it was Fully Integrated with the Solid Edge PDM Software, I could Conveniently work Inside a 3D CAD system and Utilize parametric CAD models.
This made it much easier to Modify any CAD geometry and therefore run Many Design variants very easily for our HVAC CFD Consulting and Jet Fan CFD Analysis Projects with our Customers
The Precision of Solid Edge FloEFD was always Superior for performing HVAC Simulation Studies for Data Center CFD Analysis.
Solid Edge FloEFD Assisted me to work on Air Flow Analysis and Building Ventilation Analysis contracts that Require very complex Shapes, such as a stator coil end turn support Design, which I wouldn’t have been able to”
— E-Cooling GmbH

CAE Capability to simulate Various Modes of Fluid Flow, Fluid Characteristics and Physics

the Computational fluid flow simulation Software Solution helps you Concurrently predict Fluid flow Dynamics in multiple independent fluids by Computing velocity and pressure that Happens within incompressible & viscous Liquid flows including the Concurrent prediction of laminar and turbulent Fluid flow and Coupled fluid thermal Physical effects such as natural convection buoyancy and forced Convective Heat Transfer
Just like Simcenter STAR-CCM+, this CAE Simulation Software can simulate the Fluid flow Dynamics of incompressible fluids Flowing around Physical Objects such as Aircraft airfoils or within hollow Areas such as lid-driven cavity
“ When I use a traditional CFD Analysis Methods o do aerodynamic simulation Analysis. It can Require Precious weeks to Obtain CFD results back but now I can use engineering Simulation Results within hours. An iterative approach is Adopted with Brand new Engineering projects progressing from Each design to design…
Solid Edge FloEFD Empowers me and ESD Consultancy Companies to Swiftly analyze these Design Concepts using Wind-Driven Rain Simulation.
This enables us to make a Quick initial assessment before Additional detailed Engineering analysis is performed later in the Development program.
It’s a Highly Time efficient way to work in very unforgiving Schedules.”
— Bromley Technologies Ltd. 

Solid Edge Simulation Preprocessing

Preprocessing setup of CFD simulations is made Simpler through the use of standard engineering Naming Convention, Intuitive Engineering workflow Instructions and user-friendly Software tools and Help Guide that automate the transfer of FEA simulation results and CFD simulation results between Different CAE Engineering analyses Allowing you focus on Actual Engineering Functional performance and not Spending Hours on Figuring out advanced numerical or Engineering simulation methods
Technical support for multi-CAD Platforms and FE finite element modeling tools help manufacturers Analyse initial design intent and accurately predict New product Functional performance
Solid Edge simulation software supports direct CAD data exchange with most Common Mainstream CAD software tools

Solid Edge Mold flow

Solid Edge mold flow plastic injection molding simulation tools and Solid Edge vault data management software included in the Solid Edge software Package Enables you to validate and Improve Engineering designs before manufacturing.
This helps to Boost Performance efficiency, Lowering reliance on Actual prototypes, Minimizing Project costs  and Avoid Technical errors


Frontloading CFD Flow Simulation – Introducing Solid Edge FloEFD

The practice of Performing Engineering Simulation Early has now spread to Fresh areas including Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) Simulation – long the Exclusive Area of the specialist Engineers during the Design validation Stage.
Frontloading provides the Optimal environment for design Focused CFD Analysis.
This is also similar to what in the past was Named “upfront” CFD, except that here we are talking about Seamlessly embedding CFD Modeling in CAD Handling Process, which Offers Many Advantages throughout a product’s manufacturing Workflow. This has many Benefits for CFD Simulation application in the Arena of Green Building Performance Simulation, such as Wind Engineering, and Cooling Tower CFD Analysis

Overview Of Solid Edge FloEFD Simulation Software

How do you Grow as An Engineering Company to become more Operationally Efficient? Do you Proceed to do the Identical Routine Repeatedly Again and over again and expect a different Result
Or do you Cautiously Study every step in the Workflow to make sure you have an Optimized one that enables your Mechanical Engineering Colleagues to work Intelligently and produce more?
Studies conducted by Many industry analysts and CAE Engineering Simulation vendors Seems to Highlight that companies that have been recognized as the most successful in their markets assess Engineering performance of their Prototype designs early by Utilizing CFD Simulation analysis Approaches such as Flow Turbulent Modeling (eg. for Wind Simulation for Louver Wind-Driven Rain Performance Assessment.
during the Early design process and Boost Cross-functional collaboration and Facilitate Exchanging technical knowledge between CAE Simulation experts and design engineers.
Interestingly, Evaluating & Validating an engineering design only at the initial Prototyping stage has been shown to be Very Expensive.
According to a Studies by Lifecycle Insights, Malfunctioned prototypes leads to project Deliverable being missed, extra rounds of Design valuation and having to Invest work long Engineering hours among many other Problems.

 Why is Solid Edge FloEFD the right solution?

Solid Edge FloEFD Innovation, first Launched to the Solid Edge ST10 Engineering market in Early 91, has been Utilized by thousands of Mechanical Design engineers to front-load CFD Simulation in the Product design Workflow.
This means that the Design engineer is Equipped to perform Diverse Types of Engineering Simulation Analysis, such as Natural Ventilation CFD Analysis to validate Building layout design, Airflow Simulation to optimize building aerodynamics, HVAC CFD Simulation and Data Center CFD Analysis to Improve the energy efficiency Consumption of Data Center HVAC System.

Seamless Integration of CAE Simulation Capabilities into your Existing Workflow

The award-winning Solid Edge FloEFD will not Disrupt or require Inconvenient Changes of the Engineering workflow Operations.
Solid Edge FloEFD simply fits into Your engineering Workflow in Solid Edge Premium Software without any disruption.
It provides Boosted flexibility to Validate many design ideas in Much less time – when the R&D development cost Budgeted to the Development project is lower and fairly Adjustable.
It helps the Product design team become Significantly Much efficient at Eliminating suboptimal Design ideas sooner and Allows the CAE Simulation analyst in the CFD Research and Consultancy team Working on solving more Advanced Engineering analysis problems and Finish Design verification Quicker.

Constant Evolution of Solid Edge FloEFD Over the Years

Since those Initial days, Solid Edge FloEFD technology has Faced a fair amount of Evaluation by leading aerospace and automotive organizations.
In recent Decade, Solid Edge FloEFD has seen a Rising adoption by ESD Consultants in the Green Building Performance Industry where Building Performance Simulation is Heavily Utilized for performing Ventilation CFD Studies, Macro-climatic Airflow Modeling Simulation, Air Dispersion Modeling Analysis, HVAC CFD Analysis Simulation, Centrifugal Pump CFD Analysis Studies, Jet Fan CFD Analysis Simulation, Air Pollution Dispersion Model Simulation
Most recently the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE) Documented a blind benchmarking Test of seven, leading, Mainstream -CFD, simulation-software Codes to demonstrate the Precision of each Software tool against validated testing results from a Physical wind tunnel.
FloEFD together with Solid Edge PLM CAD Software has once again Demonstrated its accuracy and Performance in this Neutral benchmark Study.
“ The entire Engineering design, Numerical simulation Performing Utilizing Ship Hydrodynamics Simulation, and physical testing Assessment/Evaluation process took Less than half the Duration of Engineering time it would have taken Utilizing traditional Engineering Design Workflows.
This means that Engineers were Quickly able to Optimize the Ship Hull Design and perform Green Water Loading Analysis at a Significantly Quicker Rate”
— Marenco AG 


Benefits of FrontLoading Engineering Simulation

By frontloading FEA stress Analysis and Performing analysis, such as Aerodynamics Simulation early during the Initial Development stage, Companies did not stop Using FEA simulation Analysis during the Concept validation Phase.
CAE Simulation, such as Airfoil Simulation simply became an Approach by which Performance trends were examined and less desirable. design ideas were dismissed.
However, unlike the Design verification stage, during the Actual design Stage, speed is of the essence.
Design Engineers need to use Computational Aeroacoustics to Accurately Model not only at Initial Stage but also often to keep in Sync with the Pace of Engineering design Modification.
By iterating rapidly, engineers can discount less attractive Concepts and innovate Faster.
Once a design Concept has been Assessed Utilizing Wind flow Analysis and Shortlisted as viable, it can continue to the Design verification Phase.
By frontloading FEA stress Analysis and conducting Simulation, such as Aerodynamics Simulation early during the Initial design Phase, manufacturers did not stop Using Engineering simulation Analysis during the Design Evaluation stage.
Engineering Simulation, such as Airfoil Simulation simply became a Approach by which Performance trends were Studied and less desirable. design ideas were Eliminated.
However, unlike the Concept verification Phase, during the Actual design Stage, speed is of the essence.
Design Engineers need to use Computational Aeroacoustics to Precisely simulate not only at Initial Stage but also often to keep in step with the Pace of Engineering design changes.
By iterating Quickly, Design engineers can discount Lesser Potential ideas and innovate Faster.
Once an Engineering design Concept has been Assessed Utilizing Wind flow Analysis and identified as Potential, it can continue on to the Design verification Phase.
The practice of FrontLoading CAE Simulation Early has now Passed to new Applications including Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) Simulation – long the Exclusive Area of the Specialized Engineers during the Design validation Stage.
Frontloading Offers the best environment for design Focused CFD Analysis.
This is also  Like what in the past was called “upfront” CFD, except that here we are talking about Seamlessly embedding CFD in CAD Modeling Process, which adds Many Advantages throughout a product’s manufacturing Workflow.
Market research data such as this from Lifecycle Insights highlights top Goals for Computational fluid Analysis as an Engineering Development tool:
  1. Meet product Design requirements
    (for Instance: lower Overall weight, Quicker speed, complex behavior Dynamics, etc.)
  2. Avoid Undesirable downstream development delays and Expenses (for example: reduce testing and prototyping, reduce change orders, etc.)
  3. Fulfill customer contractual obligations or Governmental Regulations
  4. Reduce product Engineering lifecycle Expenses
  5. Push production Expenses lower. In short, design engineers can help reduce the number of prototype Variants Fabricated and optimize cost (through Usage of Superior materials and Built quality), efficiency, as well as Boost company profit margins.

1. Frontloaded CFD solutions offer significant Engineering Time savings.

The conventional Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation, such as FSI Simulation includes Many subprocesses, such as CAD up Clean Geometry, Setting Configuring Boundary Constraints Inputs, Mesh Generations, Solve (Batch), Simulation Data Post-Processing and Report Drafting
With Solid Edge FloEFD, it simplifies the CAE simulation Process to Simply just 3D Geometry Import, Creation of Fluid cavity and Meshing, where it allows the CFD Flow simulation processes to take as low as 25%~35% of the original time.
Traditional CFD Software tools from CFD Software Companies are crammed Full with Complicated Features that require Specialized training and education, which is why Specialized CAE analysts are Often assigned the task.
For example, most Conventional CFD Fluid Dynamic Simulation Analysis tools used by CFD Services Companies, such as Ansys Fluent and Simcenter STAR-CCM+ support many Forms of meshing Core algorithms.
The CFD engineer has to Understand which one would be the most appropriate for the Precise Engineering application.
In addition, he or she will have to Manually work on the Meshing until an Optimized mesh for the 3D CAD model and application has been Satisfied.
In Summary, using Conventional CFD Flow Analysis Software tools, such as Ansys Fluent Software and Siemens Star-CCM+ can be extremely time-consuming and slower than is Desired during the Product design stage.

Frontloaded CFD Simulation Drastically Shorten Solving Time

Also frontloaded CFD Flow Analysis solutions compress Simulation Computation time Drastically – some organizations have Even Observed a time Compression of About 75 percent.
Top seven tips to Boost Product Development productivity Output by front-loading CFD simulation
However, design-Focused CFD Analysis solutions include built-in Smart Design Operation automation.
They have been Simply developed to be Essentially another supported Software Functionality inside the 3D CAD Modeling system, alongside finite element method (FEM) Simulation such as Structural tress, to help frontload CFD Simulation Analysis.
In other words, What Every design engineers Require is access to the right tools at the right Phase of design to ensure Engineering productivity gains along the Whole engineering Development process.

Solid Edge FloEFD significantly Compresses Project Engineering time.

During a Previous Benchmarking Studies, design engineers at a Space craft Development Firm realized a 10x productivity Gain with Solid Edge FloEFD compared to a traditional Commercial CFD Software Solutions such as Ansys Fluent CFD Software when simulating pressure Drop
• Before CFD Design analysis can begin as part of the CFD Analysis Services, the 3D model Requires to mesh.
With Conventional CFD Fluid Flow Analysis, the Design engineer has to be fully conversant in which the Core algorithm best depicts the Fluid flow phenomenon being studied.

Solid Edge FloEFD Offers Proven Overall Operational productivity gains

Conducting CAE FEA Simulation or CFD Analysis ith Solid Edge FloEFD is significantly Quick.
The speed is a Direct Cause of intelligent automation, Utilization of an Integrated CAD Handling environment, and ease-of-use.
Frontloaded CFD Modeling Simulation Tools Often Utilized by Engineering Companies providing CFD services have an automated Meshing Function that will automatically Create the best Optimized mesh for the problem being Created.
The FloEFD software has Integrated Automation intelligence such as SmartCells™ that makes it possible to use even coarse meshes without sacrificing Precision.

How is this Actually possible with Solid Edge FloEFD?

Frontloaded CFD CAE solutions Equip CFD Consultants and Design Engineers Alike key Tested Simulation technologies that Significantly reduce the Requirements for CAD model Geometry Clean-up and preprocessing, such as:
  1. By being fully integrated into the Solid Edge Software CAD Modeling Platform, the Solid Edge FloEFD software Utilizes the same native geometry File for Numerical Computation. Manually Exporting File data and Patching it in Pre-processing for CFD Analysis Simulation or Finite Element FEA analysis is no longer required.
    In addition, the Solid Edge FEA Simulation software, namely Solid Edge NX Nastran, simply Inserts in – it does not require you to Master a new Software Graphical User interface (GUI) nor does it Need familiarity with the Solid Edge Software Frontend to interface Each time the CFD Simulation software is used.
    Performing CFD analysis is Just another Software functionality Included Inside the Solid Edge 2020 CAD Software package.
  2. In CFD Computational fluid-flow Dynamics Analysis and Thermal heat-transfer Simulation, the CFD Consulting Objective are interested in understanding The Flow Pattern in the negative space, ie. the empty space. With Conventional CFD Simulation, additional design geometry has to be Generated to represent that cavity Shape.
    Frontloaded CFD Software solutions Coupled with the Solid Edge Synchronous Technology are Smart enough to recognize that the empty space is the fluid domain to be studied so that no Valuable Hours is wasted Generating geometry to accommodate the CFD software. This Process is Now made completely Irrelevant. 


2. Complete Integration of Solid Edge FloEFD into Your CAD Modeling Workflow

Solid Edge FloEFD is Fully Integrated into the most popular 3D CAD Modeling Software, such as Solid Edge Classic.
Despite its different User Software Graphical User interface (GUI) for each Respective CAD Modeling program, the Overall User experience of Solid Edge Thermal Simulation is Largely the same.
Product Engineers have reported being able to Effectively Utilize the Solid Edge FloEFD Program with less than 8 hours of Formal Classroom training.
This is Drastically much less than Conventional CFD programs which can Needs as long as 12 months Actual Classroom training to Properly Utilize the CFD software productively.
For the Solid Edge price, the Advantage it offers is Regarded by many Engineering Firms to be a good deal.
Because the Design engineer Use Solid Edge FloEFD in the Solid Edge Software native 3D CAD Modeling Platform and uses native Design geometry, the 3D CAD information does not need to be Manually copied out of 3D CAD Model and into Solid Edge FloEFD.
The CAD Modeling Data is Instantaneously available for CAE FEA Simulation As well as Multiphysics Modeling Simulation, Therefore saving Precious Engineering Hours and effort.
Smart Wizards, Simple engineering language, and Comprehensive Material libraries further enhance the Overall User experience and Enable the Engineering designer to setup Computational models Swiftly and effortlessly.

Solid Edge Simulation Automatic Meshing Capabilities

Its automatic Meshing lets the Product designer mesh the model with minimal Manual Involvement.
In addition, the Solid Edge FloEFD software in Solid Edge Simulation Suite automatically Identifies the fluid region to be Studied.
Solid Edge FloEFD also makes it Very Convenient to Concurrently analyze Several Variations of the Engineering design.
The Engineering designer simply Virtually Changes he 3D model in CAD, and Solid Edge FloEFD automatically attaches the previously set of Simulation Setup information including boundary conditions, Physical Constraints and material Physics properties to the Newer variant.
Upon remeshing is Completed, the CAD model can again be Simulated using Turbulent Flow Simulation.
Speed is of the essence for Allowing the Design engineer conduct CFD analysis in a timely Fashion o keep up with the Very fast-moving world of Product Development.

What is Frontloading Simulation?

For electro-mechanical Engineering Development, utilizing CFD Software Packages for Executing CAE Engineering simulation and Providing FSI Analysis Services early and often is Crucial.
The right Engineering Software Solutions need to be made available at the Correct time so that the Engineering Data can be accessed for early assessment. This Engineering practice is called frontloading. 

Frontloaded Engineering Simulation is an Integrated Part of Modern Engineering Portfolio

Many Frontloading Engineering simulation Modeling Solutions are Accessible for use by Product Development engineers.
About as Long as 20 years ago, the Early Phase of CFD simulation Software tools, CFD Meshing Software, and FEA stress Simulation Software, was introduced for Deployment during the early Engineering design Phases and it quickly became an Integrated Phase in the Present Development Process.
Presently, all Established MCAD vendors Offer design-level Mechanical stress-strain FEA Analysis as a Fully Integral part of their portfolio of Engineering Tools.

Disadvantages of Conventional CFD Software – Extremely Long Simulation Solving Time Required

The traditional CFD Flow Simulation Software required Significantly more time investment For the Initial preprocessing stage, Particularly for 3D CAD model Geometry preparation, which Consist time Needed for transferring the 3D model out from the CAD Modeling Software package and then Patching it.
It also Needs significantly more Engineering Hours or mesh generation. During the Solving phase, the traditional CFD Computational Fluid Analysis tool needed Drastically longer Time to Compute he problem given the size of the mesh Element.

Computationally Lean with Significantly Less demand for Hardware Resources

Logically, the solution Solving time for computationally intensive Numerical simulation such as Numerical Ship Hydrodynamics can be handled with Sheer force by throwing as Several CPU processors as Commercially possible at the Numerical Simulation Scenario to be Analyzed.
However, when comparing apples to apples (using the Identical hardware), Solid Edge FloEFD required Much less Processing time to Compute the same Engineering Modeling problem involving the Refinement of Ship Hydrodynamics Performance.
When Viewing at the entire Workflow of performing the Ship Hydrodynamics Design Optimization, Solid Edge FloEFD Needs only 4 hours Compared to 40 hours to complete the same Engineering task, with the same Precision.
Needless to say, the Engineering design team is Currently using Solid Edge FloEFD to Model Wind Load Analysis in Designing a Complicated shape channel.


Success Case Studies of Solid Edge Simulation Users


Expanding Roles of Product Development Designer

Today’s typical Product Development designer is Essentially a mechanical Design engineer.
During the course of their Formal Training most mechanical Design engineers have been Shown to the principles of CFD Modeling Concepts in one Form, Adaptation or another.
But most Crucially, an Product engineer working n the Actual design of Each product is fully fluent in the Technical background of what he or she is Developing.
For example, a Mechanical engineer working on the Mechanical design of Car lighting got the Task because he had a Training background in electronics design, Thermal Simulation Methods and is Knowledgeable with the basic properties and Dynamics of automotive lighting Performance.
Through the use of Heat Transfer Simulation Analysis, He is able to Fully Appreciates that electronics generate Thermal heat and the Adverse effect of Excess Thermal Heating on Overall performance.
Also,through the Usage of Computational CFD Thermal Analysis, He understands that Cramming CB and electronics into an Enclosed Casing will create a thermal Issues.
Using Transient Thermal Analysis Simulation, He Appreciates that many electronic Parts are at his disposal to reduce the Overall Thermal heat, including Thermal heat-sinks for Effective Thermal Dissipation.
Even the Usage of different materials may Result in different operating Condition that may change he Influence of heat.
In short, Mechanical design engineers Trained to perform Steady-State Thermal Analysis Modeling re more than Able To Use CFD Simulation Software For assessing and Solve the Engineering Challenges using Multiphysics Simulation Modeling.
They are also able to check multiple design Variations using Thermodynamics Simulation to see which Design Concepts are the most effective, testing them, and Creating a solid Engineering design.
In fact, industry Studies Finds that Product design engineers are in fact Performing Computational fluid simulation in Large numbers:
Solid Edge FloEFD from Siemens PLM helps us to better understand and optimize headlamps Performance.
Even very complex geometries and test conditions can be Accurately investigated using Solid Edge Flow Simulation with a minimum of effort Required.
Brand Introduced features such as Monte-Carlo radiation and the LED Add-on Features are Particularly helpful in Accelerating the Engineering development of Highly Complicated Designs for CFD Consulting Companies.”
— Automotive Lighting
“ With Solid Edge Flow Simulation Performed Utilizing FloEFD Add-on Solver, we can Quickly Generate Many different Fluid Flow simulation cases to allow the design Development Consultant o Create optimization judgments… Solid Edge CAD and FloEFD ultimately Offer us predictions of the surface Thermal temperatures on the IGBT system before we Refine to a final prototype and Manufacture and test it.”
— Danfoss Drives
“ We can Demonstrate the Completed Engineering design to our customer complete with how it looks and works in just one Whole day just by using Centrifugal Fan CFD Simulation performed using Solid Edge FloEFD – that Converts to a Monetary savings of 3 weeks and thousands of euros for each Single CAD model.”
“ Solid Edge FloEFD computational fluid dynamics Solutions, which is an Integral part of Siemens Solid Edge enables Development engineers without a Computational fluid analysis Training to perform Multiphysics CFD thermal Analysis Modeling and Multiphase Flow Simulation using Frontloaded CFD Thermal Analysis Software.
The Outcome is that we got the Exact design right he Very first time, only had to Fabricate one Physical prototype and avoided expensive Engineering design Modification that typically Happens in the late Phases of the Product Development Process.”
— Azonix
Here are some Instances of successful Studies implementations of Solid Edge FloEFD™ software, Siemens PLM’s frontloaded CFD Tool, by the design group:
“ We like FloEFD CFD Flow simulation Features  Solid Edge 2019 because it is fast in Computation for steady-state analysis. Since we have no specialist FD Consultants, our designers take care of CFD Turbulent simulation Simulation of the Centrifugal Pump CFD.
Solid Edge FloEFD is the Suitable for CFD Turbulence Modeling because of its Significantly simplified auto-meshing setting Within our preferred 3D CAD Software package, PTC Creo. We Felt the cut cell CFD function to be Highly valuable.”
— Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

Why FrontLoading Simulation is Important for Today’s Fast-Paced Engineering Development


1. Executive Overview – Today’s Competitive Manufacturing Development Landscape

The International Highly competitive landscape for Factory is squeezing everyone – from the Tier 1 Car manufacturing companies to Industrial electronics Product manufacturers.
It is Compressing the required time to Deliver to market and with little warning.
This high-pressure Business environment Needs Extremely high Efficiency from its players resulting n either Performing things faster and Streamlined without compromising on Product Manufacturing quality or Lossing the game away to a More aggressive competitor who is Ready to do whatever it takes.

2. Evolution of Engineering Simulation process From Serialized to Multi-disciplinary Collaboration

True to the Idea of frontloading CAE Simulation Modeling, Several leading Companies have abandoned the Obsolete serial Engineering Development system, where various Functionality work along a continuum, in Support of a multi-disciplinary product design Workflow that requires successfully Combining Several Engineering authoring systems and Workflows.

3. Perform Simulation early, Simulate often Utilizing Solid Edge FLOEFD

The benefits of using Frontloaded CFD Fluid Dynamics Software for simulating early as a Integral phase of the Engineering Development Workflow have been documented Comprehensively. The Development Expense of Implementing each engineering Design Modification increases with each Phase from Initial Concept to Final production.

4. Development Cost is Largely Determined by Design Decisions Early in the Engineering Process

According to the U.S. Department of Defense (as Published by the Defense Acquisition University), while 20 percent of the actual Expense has been Incurred, approximately 80 percent of the total life-cycle cost of U.S. Military projects were Largely Decided by the test Stage 2.
In other words, the cost of the Developing the product was Literally Fixed in by Engineering Design decisions made during the Initial concept Phases when A lot is Unknown about the Functional Performance of the Engineering design. Also, the cost to Rectify Design defects Increases as you proceed further down the Development Workflow.
Although this information is from the defense industry,commercial entities Are all likely face similar Engineering lifecycle Expenses.

5. Growing Complexity of Engineering & Automobiles Systems

For example, the Quantity of electronic Parts in cars has Increased drastically. Electronics Presently accounts for Approximately 35 to 40 % f its Product’s Entire cost.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Car has Around 100+ ECUs and Has nearly as many ECUs as the Airbus A380 (excluding the plane’s inflight entertainment system) 4.
Therefore, the Product Engineer needs Usage Of multiple Software tools across mechanical and electric domains to perform Vehicle Dynamics Simulation. This helps to Guarantee a timely delivery of Finished products that Satisfy with customer specifications.
This Complicated environment Needs a high level of Interconnectedness to function effectively.
Despite this Sophistication, organizations hat have Currently implemented frontloaded CFD Simulation have not Required to re-imagine or change their Entire Development process to Gain from it.
Many R&D 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 Solutions to perform CFD Modeling such as Heat Exchanger Simulation.
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.

5. Inefficient Operational Workflow of Conventional CFD Software

However, not just any CFD Software tool can be frontloaded. The Popular CFD software Tools, 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 3D CAD Modeling Software versus a CAD-Integrated one.
All CFD Analysis performed using Mainstream CFD Software, such as Simcenter STAR-CCM+ require 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 Simulation software, from Siemens CFD Software, to Ansys CFD Software, Handles with this process Somewhat differently.

6. Risk of 3D Approximation when Transferring CAD Data between Software 

The Conventional process Needs stepping Within nd outside of the 3D CAD Software Solution and Continuously returning to the CAD Modeling software Program with inherent risks of Shape geometry approximations Entering into the CFD simulation Results.
Because Engineering design is Highly iterative in Approach, this Operation needs to be Duplicated for Each & every single CAD geometry Modification
In comparison, CAD-embedded CFD Analysis is Totally Integrated within the CAD Modeling software. 
This means that when performing the CFD Modeling Services, any and all CAD geometry changes Occurs inside the CAD Modeling Platform.
Many Conventional CFD software programs, such as Ansys Fluent CFD Software and Ansys CFX CFD Software consist of Several User Graphical User interfaces – one for preprocessing, one for solution Solving, and another for post-processing.
Traditional CFD software Solution 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.  

A Solid Edge is an Indispensable Tool to the Modern Product Development Engineer


Today’s typical Product Engineering designer is Essentially a mechanical Design engineer.

During the Journey of their Formal education, most mechanical Product engineers have been exposed to the principles of CFD Modeling Theory in one Form, form or another.
But most importantly, a Product engineer Focusing on the Actual design of any product is fully well-versed in the Technical Context of what he or she is Developing.
For Instance, a Mechanical engineer Developing on the Mechanical design of automotive lighting got the job because he had a Foundational background in electronics design, Thermal Simulation Approaches and is Knowledgeable with the Fundamental properties and Dynamics of Car lighting Performance.
Through the use of Heat Transfer Simulation Modeling, He Fully understands that electronics generate Thermal heat and the Adverse Influence of Excess Thermal heat on Overall performance.
Also, through the Usage of CFD Thermal Analysis, He Appreciates that Cramming Circuits and electronics into an Enclosed enclosure will create a thermal problem.
“We have All In All 8 Engineering designers n our Engineering Development Team and three use Solid Edge FloEFD. You can use it once every three months Period because you won’t forget how to Utilize it!
The Good thing about Solid Edge FloEFD Frontloaded CFD Analysis is that you are Much loser to Real World in this Frontload CFD Simulation software, which allowed us to Do arious of Ship Optimization Simulation Studies, such as Ship Hydrodynamics Simulation Studies, Carrying Out of Ship Propeller CFD Analysis to Maximise Vessel Thrust and Lowering Hydrodynamic Drag, as well as Ship Propeller Cavitation CFD Studies.”
— Orbotech
Using Transient Thermal Analysis Simulation, He understands that many electronic components are at his disposal to reduce the Overall Thermal heat, including heat-sinks for Heat Dissipation.
Even the use of different materials may create in Varied operating Conditions that may Affect the Influence of heat.
In Summary, Mechanical design engineers knowledgeable of Performing Steady-State Thermal Analysis Modeling are more than capable Of using CFD Simulation Software To Evaluate and Solve the Engineering problem using Multiphysics Simulation Analysis.
They are also able to check multiple design variants using Thermodynamics Simulation to see which Design ideas are the most effective, Evaluating them, and Creating a Robust Engineering design.
“ The most important consideration in Choosing a Fluid Dynamic analysis software Solution was that Every team member in the CFD Company Can use it regardless of their level of ability… The Engineers ho don’t have much experience in FEA Simulation can use it Very easily… It was important that the Simulation Software Efficiently integrated with Pro.
We didn’t want to have to Fabricate another model for CFD analysis and being Fully CAD-Integrated we could Efficiently validate various CFD Simulation models Continuously.
We also wouldn’t have any difficulty in Changing between Different Development Workflow (from CAD design to CAE analysis).
— Seiko Epson“
The National Institute for Aviation Research has Documented the Hours savings offered by frontloading Simulation comparing it with traditional Simulation methods used by Professional CFD Fluid Dynamics Companies.
In Summary, by Utilizing the Correct Software Solution to Frontloaded CFD, you as a CFD Consultancy may be able to significantly shorten your Engineering simulation Solving time and Attain a Quicker, more Aggressive engineering design process.
This means getting Actionable results Fast from your Thermal Comfort analysis studies so that you can accelerate your Green Building CFD Project and deliver on the deliverables Much faster  
Successful implementation is Crucial to reaping the Advantages of frontloading CFD Simulation for various CFD Applications, such as Natural Ventilation Simulation Analysis, Marine Ship Propeller Simulation Studies, and Wastewater Treatment Simulation Analysis.
Select the solution that fits into your existing processes without any disruption.
Promote performance Evaluation as early as possible and Encourage collaboration and knowledge between analysis experts and design engineers during the design process to immediately improve efficiency and productivity in your organization.
Impact efficiency and company profit margins by Lowering the number of Engineering prototypes and Minimizing Development cost (through the use of better materials and quality).
Select the Suitable CAE Simulation tool to frontload CFD Simulation, it Drastically shortens CFD and FSI Analysis simulation Computation time and Attains a more competitive Engineering Design Workflow.
Using the right Software tool, Product design engineers are more than capable of assessing a problem, Validating design variants, and testing trends.

Solid Edge Capabilities – A complete set of CAD solutions

Solid Edge Offers users with a Complete portfolio of CAE solutions to meet a broad range of commercial needs.
Solid Edge not only offers rich Engineering design solutions, but Extremely scalable solutions for CAE simulation, Design for manufacturing (DFM) and Engineering data management as well.

Design a Part with Synchronous Technology

Solid Edge synchronous technology enables Product designers to Improve model creation and make Quicker edits, eliminating model regeneration, Minimize rework, improving product features and Simplify design processes.
In this video, learn how to model a Product Component using Solid Edge ST10 with synchronous technology.

Import and Edit 3D Data

Today we work in a multi-CAD world with an Immense challenge to Seamlessly import and often Change data regardless of Which CAD software created it. In this instance, learn how to use Solid Edge 2020 to Easily import 3D supplier Model data from various sources and make edits where needed.

Create a Top-Down Assembly

Solid Edge PDM offers two Different Methods for assembly designing and layout: top-down design and bottom-up design.
Top-down assembly CAD modeling is an assembly-centric Approach, which starts at the Top-most level possible and individual parts and sub-assemblies are Configured within the context of the overall assembly.

Create a Detailed Engineering Drawing

Intuitively Designing in 3D saves Critical Development time, facilitates Superior product visualization and gives the freedom to Convey your Engineering designs.
But at the end of the day, you still need to Communicate the design idea to the Engineering shop floor. This video Illustrates how Solid Edge Drafting makes it easy to create 2D CAD drawings.
Solid Edge 2D/3D CAD Tool offers A Broad range of Various applications to suit your Development Requirements.
From powerful 2D Engineering Drafting in Solid Edge 2019 to an advanced 3D system – complete with Engineering assembly design, automated Engineering drawing Drafting, CAE Simulation Modeling, and assembly applications – Solid Edge Drafting is Truly the most Complete and scalable digital Engineering development system from Siemens PLM that is designed for mainstream engineering Design.

Design a Sheet Metal Part

A Primary design capability of Solid Edge ST10 is the Sheet Metal environment which Offers an entire design-through-fabrication Design workflow, using a streamlined synchronous 3D modeling Approach tailored to the Specialized needs of sheet metal design. 
In this video, learn how to Fabricate a sheet metal part Utilizing Solid Edge 2020 with synchronous technology.

# Testimonials

Utilizing Solid Edge Software with synchronous technology I can Execute many more Design iterations now that I wasn’t able to do earlier. And because of that, the Price of the product comes down.
The weight of the Finished product Lowers down. Functional performance goes up. The customer warranty is a lot longer.
Quality loves it. We Like it. The profit margin loves it.
John Winter, Mechanical Engineering Manager, Bird Technologies

Solid Edge Capabilities - A complete set of CAD solutions

3. Electrical Design – PCB Collaboration

Boost electromechanical product designs Capability and reduce Engineering development time by Quickly creating and exporting Engineering design intent for PCBs from MCAD environment

Integrated electrical design

Overcome electrical design challenges early in the design cycle. Solid Edge electrical design software was developed to satisfy the requirements of companies where ease of use and value are as important as functionality.

4. Manufacturing

Solid Edge Manufacturing: Make Products and Workflow Convenient with Fully integrated CAD-CAM and 3D printing and Various Additive Manufacturing Utility tools.
– Efficiently program your CNC Machining tools with Highly comprehensive, Integrated CAM capabilities Integrated within Solid Edge Premium.
Fully optimized additive and subtractive Engineering manufacturing.
Utilizing the most Streamline algorithm Code on the CAD market, Solid Edge 2D Nesting Creates optimized Engineering layouts for the 2-dimensional Sectioning of fabrication material, including sheet metal, plastic, wood, fabric, and textiles.

Traditional and additive manufacturing

Manufacture Mass production or New prototype parts using Conventional CNC machining or Innovative 3D printing and additive manufacturing capabilities.
  1. Machining Toolpaths are Closely associative to the Solid Edge Component and assemblies Files, so the Machining toolpaths can be quickly updated to Include any Engineering design changes. This is in contrast to Solidworks CAD Software from SeaCAD Technologies, where modules are largely disjointed and not integrated.
  2. Create complex sheet metal component Engineering Designs, Specialized for Efficient Engineering Component manufacturing Inside Solid Edge ST10.
  3. Just Like Solidworks CAD Software, you can Conveniently 3D print New customized parts yourself or access a Suite of Advanced additive manufacturing services, optimizing your Component material Library and delivery.
Streamline User access to the Newest manufacturing methods, Leading Edge additive manufacturing (or 3D printing). Solid Edge Classic Enables you to Print right first time Base On dynamic model sectioning, unseen void removal, print bed preparation (including scaling, orienting, and settling), overhang Engineering Studies to minimize Excessive supports and wall thickness validation.
Print the most common fastening type, thanks to automated physical thread creation.
Solid Edge 2019 Allows you to Define and execute a Broad/wide Scope of Engineering manufacturing processes, including CNC machining, nesting, cutting, bending, molding, welding, assembling and additive manufacturing.

5. Technical Publications

Solid Edge Technical publications: Dynamically Interactive. Digital. Associative.
New and enhanced Engineering publishing tools in Solid Edge ST10 Enables users to Easily import and export of Solid Edge CAD Sectional views, publish vector graphics for PDF documents, Input individual sizing for illustrations and produce images or vectors with transparent backgrounds.

Communicate globally your digital design documentation

Reach a larger, International market using XLIFF language translation in Solid Edge Premium to easily translate and localize digital documents.
  1. Quickly create detailed illustrations of your Engineering designs.
  2. Solid Edge CAD Enables you to Publish interactive digital  Engineering Documentation for Your work instruction packages.

Dynamic technical publications

Swiftly create 3D technical Documentations that Convey the most efficient manufacturing, installation, and maintenance Workflow for your Engineering products.
– Eliminate Engineering errors with Live associative document updates. 

Seven tips for better CAD Graphic Rendering

A rendered model is more than just a pretty Image; rendering images is an Excellent way o Convey a Brand new design 
– both internally and to the public. A High-Res photorealistic Graphical Rendering can help engineers communicate your Engineering design to both internal Staff and external Clients, Receive Immediate feedback on your Developed product before going through the Costly Effort of Fabricating an Actual prototype, and even generate interest, Market demand, and Commercial sales.

Solid Edge: Everything you need to bring your vision to life

Solid Edge CAD is a Suite of product Engineering development Software :
mechanical and electrical design, CAE simulation, manufacturing, technical publications, PLM data management and more.
Solid Edge Seamlessly Integrate the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design – made possible with synchronous technology.

Rendering in Solid Edge

The built-in Photo rendering Ability of Solid Edge Software Enables you to create photo-realistic images and Motion Videos from within the CAD modeling Platform. Integrated Assembly explode, High Resolution Graphical Rendering and animation capabilities in Siemens Solid Edge, Integrated with Kinematic Simulation Modeling, Create realism to your CAD models and Enable you to Concisely communicate your Design Intent for a final Commercial product.

Rendering capabilities of Solid Edge include:

• Drag-and-drop editing of materials, lighting and environments

Solid Edge 2020 makes 3D rendering Convenient – you can change materials, lighting Angle and environments by simply dragging and dropping from a Large library of optional materials, colors, lighting schemes, and backgrounds.

• Save preferences for Quick referencing

Save your favorite Visual Appearance, Part materials and lighting into a custom
folder Structure for Fast and easy access. 
These materials may be Organization References or just your personal preferences.

• Generate unmatched photorealism with Pre-configured Out-of-the-box settings

Add perspective to boost Visual realism in photo-quality images for Branding and Final packaging, with out-of-the-box lighting schemes and matching environments for indoors, outdoors
and studios.

• Use Customized backgrounds Designs to frame your Final products

Choose your Very own custom background image to Put your virtual 3D  product in a realistic environment 
– for example, in  a consumer’s home, on your shop floor or in an artistic setting of your choice.

6. Engineering Data Management

Data management: Perfect Engineering control & Management, no matter how big your CAD data Files.
From built-in data management in Solid Edge Drafting to Teamcenter Total integration, Solid Edge PDM’s scalable set of tools can Satisfy the varying needs of all manufacturers

Scalable, Searchable and manageable Solid Edge data.

Methodically and effectively Trace and report customers’ and regulatory design requirements with Solid Edge Requirements Management. With Solid Edge PLM Design data management Software solutions, Quickly search, manage and share product data efficiently and Safely.
  1. Enhancements to Integrated Solid Edge data management for simple PDM.
  2. Improved Solid Edge Classic and Teamcenter integration for more Advanced Product data management.
  3. New Solid Edge plus Teamcenter bundles Offers great value and ROI for a highly Reasonable Solid Edge Price.

Scalable data management

Take Total advantage of Very scalable Design data management solutions, from Features built into Solid Edge to the full PLM capabilities of Teamcenter.
Solid Edge PDM offers Fully Scalable Engineering Product data management (PDM) Capabilities to help Businesses of all sizes become Fully digital enterprises.

7. Cloud-Based Collaboration – Solid Edge Portal

Solid Edge Portal: A Innovative way to collaborate on Multi-stakeholder Engineering Projects
Experience free online CAD Data management, viewing Access, and collaboration with the Solid Edge Portal, including browser-based access for viewing and Dynamic markup and secure, controlled sharing.
  1. Conveniently Involve other Project Collaboration users, suppliers and customers to collaborate securely in the cloud, including Customers using other CAD systems such as Solidworks CAD Software.
  2. Solid Edge 2020 portal allows you to Upload and Organize your Engineering Design files in cloud-based Shared project folders.
  3. Multi-platform, browser-based viewing of Solid Edge, SolidWorks Software and Various other Mainstream CAD File formats.

Secure storage, viewing, markup, and sharing of CAD files.

  1. Web-based CAD storage, File viewing, and Cross-functional Team collaboration.
  2. Browser-based user access for viewing and Intuitive markup of CAD files on any device.
  3. Secure sharing of projects information
  4. All common CAD formats Accepted

Evolving beyond history-based Solidworks CAD 3D modeling

Presently Siemens is one of the few Organizations on the Industry to provide a fully integrated Suite of software tools for Modern-day Design engineers – from Novice level, easy-to-use 3D CAD up to Industry-leading advanced enterprise offerings.
These offerings empower Design engineers to Create and perfect the most Advanced of products, such as Intelligent autonomous vehicles, Aircrafts and spacecraft. 
Siemens is one of the few Organizations to have used Solid Edge ST10 to evolve beyond the history-based CAD modeling Method mentioned Previously, which despite being invented in the 1980s, is still Commonly used in companies and Schools All around the Globe.

History-Based CAD Modeling Technologies

History-based CAD modeling, such as those used in Solidworks, in which features are continuously Upgraded, restricts innovation by making it arduous, time Intensive and nearly impossible to edit a model. Due to the High complexity of Comprehending the existing feature tree, most Product Development engineers would Prefer start from Beginning than make late-stage design changes or work with another Engineer’s CAD Data file.
To make even a Small change to a CAD model, the history-based Methodology in Solidworks Premium requires the Solid model to be rolled back to the Form at which the feature being edited was first Generated. Once the change is Done, any features that came after that will have to be recalculated and updated, resulting in massive rework and costly delays. This design method often results in failure due to the user unintentionally creating dependencies throughout the design process. 

Challenges of History-Based Modeling Approach

In a history-based CAD Modeling Platform, even these 2D/3D curves are hand­led as ordered Design features. It’s Required to find the Precise points where the curves intersect, while Currently paying attention to the order in which they were Generated in such a way that the Product Engineer always edits the last one made.

Best Industry practice for Ordered -Based modeling

Ordered or history-based CAD modeling in Solidworks has Undergone the development of Several best-practice lists over the past Many decades. In Actual Reality, these Industry best practice lists tend to highlight some of the Key shortcomings of history-based modeling. These shortcomings are part of why synchronous technology was Created. Synchronous eliminates Several of these limitations Such as the need to Recreate Part features, the complex and error-prone parent relationship Situation, and the abstract association of a feature list with CAD geometry. Most Product Designers have Operated with these Inherent limitations for decades and Just accept them as a matter of course.
Some Engineering Companies have even grown to Accept that Engineering design intent itself is somehow a product of the history-based order of features. 
Later on, it will become Evident how synchronous technology Capabilities in Solid Edge Premium helps to avoid the Constraints of history-based CAD modeling.
Best practice lists for Conventional history-based CAD modeling always Encompasses suggestions such as Creating fillets and draft Design Features at the end of the Feature tree; never dimension or Create sketch relations to CAD edges that may change or disappear; be Cautious of Collecting external Assembly references between parts and Especially circular references; avoid multi-­body parts Where a multi-part assembly is more appropriate and others.
Industry Best practice lists for History-based ordered CAD modeling Often tend to center on Engineering design intent – the practice of modeling to facilitate Modification to the 3D CAD model. With ordered 3D CAD modeling in Solidworks, this assumes that you Understand what kinds of changes are Used, which seldom is the case.

Solid Edge Synchronous Modeling Technologies

However, with synchronous technology – the breakthrough Modeling method unique to Siemens’ Solid Edge® CAD software – this Challenge is eliminated thanks to the Seamless Integration of direct and history-based Modeling Approaches. 
This Often results in a best-of-both-worlds Situation in which the user gets the simplicity of direct modeling in which a model can be changed directly by pushing and pulling on geometry, with the control and precision of parametric modeling. 
Yet despite this Clear advantage, which Solid Edge Premium with synchronous technology Provides, Several companies and Schools have been hesitant to Drastic Modification for fear of Needing to learn a Totally Different CAD Software system.
When it Boils down to it, the Choice of CAD tool, such as Solid Edge Generative Design or Solidworks Don’t matter as much as the established Engineering Companies make it seem.
Every Product Design engineer is practically trained in Virtually All CAD Software tool since They Are Similar, if an engineer knows one then he or she Theoretically Understands them all.
In fact, the Obsolete history-based-only Methodology to designing Components and products soon will Drive entire Businesses out of business as product lifecycles shorten, global competition Intensify and crowdsourcing becomes Highly dominant in Engineering Design development.
The use of Mainstream 3D CAD Modeling technology in place of what everyone else Utilizes has a significant Influence on economies.
For example, Germany and the United States are Leading the Future Industry 4.0 vision. The United States aims to Remain Highly competitive in the world of manufacturing against Quick Accelerating Growing economies.
The dominant CAD Solutions players, such as Solid Edge CAD Modeling Software and Solidworks Plan to secure their place in the market by claiming that everyone uses their tools and educators Must teach accordingly. Since they are not in the manufacturing business, these Software companies don’t Understand their customers’ pain to innovate. Not only that, but they Profit from selling old Software under the guise of it is what everyone Is Using. Business relies on its own software Technology to design Develop and Create products that compete in the global marketplace.

Advantage of Solid Edge Synchronous Modeling Technologies

Don’t Adopt Traditional best 3D CAD Modeling Methods as an excuse to Use Structured and unyielding ways of Operating.
Solid Edge Simulation has its own Industrial best practice rules that Reflect those of general CAD Modeling with An exception: Siemens Solid Edge Integrates the power of synchronous technology to help Solve many of the Technological Shortcomings and Limitations of history-based CAD Modeling Software. With the option to Switch between Powerful synchronous and history Based modeling, Solid Edge PDM delivers the Distinct capability to Customize Modeling best practices to the specific type of Engineering Modeling work a Business needs to be accomplished today.

Unexpected Engineering Benefits of Synchronous Modeling

In this sample medical Equipment model, Every Engineering Drafting sketches and Reference planes were made in Solid Edge CAD Using synchronous mode, while all surface features were Generated in ordered mode.
As a result, when a Drafting sketch is Edited by being Manually dragged, for example, the 3D CAD Data updates in real-time.
This is done without the Requirement to go back in the part history and isolate a 2D Engineering sketch to edit it, then rebuild Every the sket­ches and Design features after it in the hope that all parent relationships in the 3D CAD model are still Validated.
Siemens Edge Synchronous Technology can be used independently or in Conjunction with ordered CAD modeling. Rather than Select one or the other exclusively, they can be used simultaneously.
Several of the 2D Faces in this 3D CAD Modeling were created Utilizing the staple surfacing of Solid Edge 2020, the BlueSurf, but some of the Selected detail CAD Faces were done with ruled Surfacing. Ruled surfaces can be very Efficient in Specific Engineering Application situations.
Ruled 2D surfaces Aligns with a curve, and in the Vector direction perpendicular to the curve Utilize a straight line. They are great for Generating Flat draft surfaces, a Plane normal to another Surface, an offset or thickness face and other Common Engineering applications.
In this 3D CAD Modeling, the thin face around the heel of the Processed was created Utilizing a ruled surface.
Solid Edge ST10 includes a reflective Face display mode where half of the CAD model can be Concurrently worked on while showing the mirrored half Graphically only.
This is a great Boost to visualization without the added overhead of the additional features and Shape geometry.
A simple Switch in the Solid Edge 2019 toolbar area Simply Switch it on or off.
Solid Edge Premium also has a great tool in the Intersection feature, which can mutually Edit multiple surface bodies and even Allow the Mechanical Product designer to Highlight enclosed volumes from the CFD simulation Data.
It is extremely powerful and Simple to use, and a Significant improvement over standard CAD trimming Feature.

The importance To Dynamically Adjusting to Technology Trends

Prior to the Introduction of Powerful Workstation computers and 3D CAD Technologies, engineering students were Trained to sketch Engineering parts and Finished product Assembly by Free hand Utilizing pen and paper.
With the rise of Innovative digital Software Solutions, however, Product Design engineers were Equipped to design and develop products much Quicker.
Engineers and educators who failed to adapt to these Innovative methods were quickly outpaced innovated by those Competitor Businesses who did.

Pro-actively Adapt to Get Ahead of Your Competition

The message is Simple : To Progress along the path of what The Majority does is Hardly the best way to Get ahead of fierce global competition.
You must Actively Evolve to change if you want to succeed in your Business.
In line with breaking from Convention to achieve innovation and Empower customers to Achieve new heights, Siemens is not only one of the first Organization to evolve beyond a history-based Method to CAD design, but with the unique 3D CAD Modeling Abilities offered in Solid Edge PLM, it is also one of the Rare few to offer next-generation design.
Cutting Edge Next-generation Engineering Development comprises of Cutting-Edge generative CAD modeling, 3D additive manufacturing, and reverse engineering Abilities.

Solid Edge 3D Generative Design Modeling

With these technologies, a Design engineer can optimize a product for minimal mass Utilizing 3D generative modeling Refinement – an Operation by which Product designers Input a specific material Data, design space, permissible Loading, and Boundary constraints and target weight, and the Design software Conveniently computes a Geometrical solution.
This has important applications in diverse industries such as Ship Trim Optimization as well as Ship Hull Design in the Marine Vessel Building Industry
The resulting geometry can then be Refined further using the reverse engineering Features in Solid Edge PDM, including the Usage of synchronous technology for fast and easy Editing. From there, the parts can be finalized by leveraging additive manufacturing Workflow with direct 3D printing or accessing an online network of services.
Although Several other established vendors tout Offerings of similar next-generation capabilities, they lack the Main Constituent component that is Special to Solid Edge 2D/3D Beyond the use of synchronous technology: convergent modeling.

Leveraging Solid Edge Mesh-based Innovations

Solid Edge Generative design, reverse engineering and additive Fabrication are all-powerful esh-based technologies used in Solid Edge Classic Software, meaning the CAD geometry is Consisting up of tiny triangle Elements that are stitched together to form a mesh Model.
Without the Advantages of convergent modeling in Solid Edge Drafting, an Design engineer Today must perform Weeks of complex surfacing to render generative Engineering design results usable in a traditional solid CAD. This means generative design Workflow in other CAD Platforms is little more than a visual representation.

Solid Edge Reverse Engineering

The same Challenge occurs with reverse engineering During Engineering Product Development. Laser Scanning has evolved to the Stage in which the challenge is not the 3D scanning Operation, but Instead how to incorporate The Scanning CAD data into a solid model. 
Additive manufacturing Approaches and the Benefits it offers cannot be Sufficiently leveraged if the parts that Make Use of it are impossible to Generate in a CAD system such as Solid Edge NX.

Solid Edge Convergent CAD Modeling

Convergent CAD modeling in Solid Edge Simulation alleviates this Challenge entirely. A designer can Integrate Meshing models into the Engineering workflow to create Actual engineering designs by seamlessly Integrating traditional b-rep CAD models with triangular mesh Element models without the time-consuming and error-prone Translation that other Platform such as Solidworks require.

Impact of Digitization & IoT on Future of Engineering

It’s Evident the Immediate future will be shaped by digitization and IoT. This Impacts most established CAD Software Companies. Businesses in the hardware Industry claim the benefits of IoT for Regular maintenance for the Machinery and other devices they Offer, while those in software are building apps and Various solutions for the digital Workflow Operations. Siemens PLM is one of the Rare companies that have both Competencies.
Siemens controllers are used to Operate thousands of Fabrication Plants around the world, including its own, which Fabricate Practically everything from PLC controllers to breaker systems and high-speed trains. Siemens Solid Edge Flow Simulation not only Aggregate and leverages the data from hardware in Plants, but it also Manages the engineering and manufacturing Information Flow, which enables the company to Complete the loop and Generate a digital twin of every product, including production machines.
This closed-loop system not only identifies and provides insights into problems, but it drills into the data to Assess the source of a problem. After running Several digital simulations, it Offers a solution to the Product engineer.
How’s that for problem-solving!

Best practice in Advanced shape Design – Enter Solid Edge CAD Software

Solid Edge 3D Modeling Software has a complete Suite of history-based CAD modeling tools on which most of the Industry best-practice Methods have been developed.
Solid Edge PLMSolutions can Accelerate CAD Modeling of surface Geometry and 3D CAD Geometry features with 2D Baseline sketches, Easily create multiple bodies, split those Entities out to individual Components, and do the Precise Technical engineering Effort to add mounting Design Features, ventilation Vents, Drafting, fillets, and bring the finished Components back together in a completed assembly of Engineered parts.
Solid Edge software also offers Reliable capability in the Engineering Development of sheet metal Processing Operations and 2D drawings.
In addition to these Conventional history-based Software tools and techniques, Solid Edge Software also has Integrated Generative CAD Modeling technology, which is a Suite of order-independent enhancements In Addition to direct CAD editing.
Parts can be entirely or partially Created using Both synchro­nous or history-based Approaches, and these 3D CAD features can be Easily Edited in the context of an Engineering assembly.

Solid Edge Advanced Intersect Capabilities

Solid Edge Classic Software also has a great Function in the Intersection feature, which can Concurrently trim multiple surface Entities and even Allows the Novice Mechanical designer to Choose enclosed volumes from the CFD analysis results.
It is very powerful and easy to Utilize, and a Significant improvement over Foundation trimming functions.
For new Solid Edge FEA Engineers or those trying out new functionality, Solid Edge NX Allocate an area at the bottom of the screen to prompt the Engineer for what Simulation input the Program expects one to Choose during the next Step.
Keeping a Close Monitor on this Software Graphical User Interface (GUI) display in Solid Edge Generative Design GUI Provides engineering designers with More confidence.
Combine this with the Command Finder, which not only offers help for the requested function but also Shows the command button.
When Utilizing a Brand new Engineering software Solutions for the Very first time, it can be difficult for Engineers to Find the required command. The Command Finder Within Solid Edge makes it Significantly easier.
Another great Benefit about the CFD software GUI User interface is that it can be Tailored to provide more or less assistance, depending on the Engineer’s Requirements and experience level.

Designed for Maximum Efficiency

The standard Solid Edge 2D/3D Program interface is a model of Effectiveness, but in order to get the Max from the Software User interface, one must Understand the software Very well.
The Foundational User interface uses a lot of Graphical Buttons and doesn’t take up a lot of Storage Memory. Several Businesses use multiple 3D Modeling programs, and an Engineer in that Scenario will Require a Front end Graphical interface that gives more direction.
Solid Edge CAD Software Provides Useful options for various kinds of assistance.
Further Modification allows the user to Assess how text labels, tool User Guide and other elements are Neatly Organized in the software (GUI) Graphical User interface

Solid Edge Advanced Surface Redefinition Feature

The surface Refinement capability also helps Modify shapes on Newly imported 3D CAD models and can be Utilized to easily make shape Modification across multiple faces.
The Blue Dot is a Very Useful Functionality that pre-dates Solid Edge synchronous technology, but it was an early attempt at Solving some of the Inherent Challenge of history-based 3D Modeling. Take the example of making a BlueSurf, which is Effectively a lofted surface, created from a Cross mesh of curves.
Blue Dot in Solid Edge FloEFD Allows you to connect Intersecting curves from 2D sketches in Various places in the order and Modify them Concurrently as if they were part of a single history-free mesh. A Whole new world Is Discovered when one realizes the benefits of moving away from history-based Restrictions in design.

Solid Edge Radial Quick-Access Menu

When you choose to buy Solid Edge, you get to enjoy the Tailored radial Quick-access menu Bar, which provides Quick and efficient to commands in the 3D CAD modeling Window, is another user Shortcuts.
The Highly redefine Surfacing capability of Solid Edge Drafting Software was Utilized in the Illustration shown in the adjacent image. With Careful refinement, the Engineer can replace a Preexisting surface patch with a new patch that has more Natural shape controls. It enables Engineers to employ simpler, more efficient Functions to Generate a CAD model and postpone some of the more complex 3D CAD modeling.


Complex 3D CAD Geometry design challen­ges the current capabilities of Engineers. Best practice for Complicated Engineering design can be used in just about any Product Development project, but even best practice concepts are not Precisely the same in every Form of design work.
Best CAD modeling practice adopted by Companies is always ore on the Safe rather than the risky Side of the Range of Engineering design choices, and there are often good Rationale to Transcend best practices.

Realizing Engineering Design Begins in the mind

What are the Best Methods to Intentionally design complex Geometry with computer-aided design (CAD) Solutions such as Solid Edge Thermal Simulation?
Best Engineering Best practices can Vary across Different industries and between companies, so it’s Challenging to find Common consensus? 

Agreement on Specific rules and guidelines.

Luckily, some general principles for complex Geometry design are nearly universal, or Applicable in many Scenarios. Design Recommendations of any Form should be taken with a grain of context: designing and Developing Automation machinery is Significantly different from Engineering medical equipment.
Brand New concept Product design Needs practical Engineering communication Techniques – 3D Design Geometry visualization, 3D CAD modeling, Specification requirements, Visual aesthetics, ergonomics and regulations. 3D CAD provides the ultimate Platform for communicating concepts – 3D CAD data Boost Product engineering and manufacturing and can Boost efficiency throughout the product design lifecycle. Complex Form Geometry design is an essential skill for Initial Conceptual Engineering design.

Modern Day Challenges of Managing Engineering Changes

Specifies the Precise shape and Specification of each Component and how they each go together.
The 3D CAD Modeling data is Utilized in downstream Engineering applications that range from Early rendering to repair.
The one constant is Engineering Design Modification, yet change is the most difficult Task to Systematically plan Engineering Resources for.
The product Design intent is the Workflow in 3D CAD Modeling that helps ith Implementing for Engineering change, and while much has been Documented about Engineering Design intent in both history- and non-history based systems, it is still an elusive Solution for many users.

Using Engineering Design layout and master model techniques

One Mainstream method for Conceptual Engineering design is to use a layout:
a Mechanical Engineering sketch or Group of sketches and Reference lanes that help to Organize, Pinpoint and relate primary design features.
For the Drawing sketch-and-plane layout Method, a hand-held medical device Illustrates the Overall Engineering Design concept inside Solid Edge Drafting Software Interface.
The 3D CAD model is started by Drafting 2D profiles and outlines in 3D space, and from there, curves & Splines are Sketched to be used for making 3D surfaces.
At this stage, it’s not necessary to Determine what kind of Mechanical features to use, as the Objective is to Simply sketch a wiref­rame for 3D visualization and 3D CAD modeling.
The layout Engineering Drawing and Drafting planes are functional 2D geome­try that Boost the creation and Updating of 3D surfaces and 3D solid CAD models. The Design layout geometry can Function as spatial references or in feature CAD modeling.
The idea is to have Featured at the top or very Close the Beginning of the feature tree that drives the Form Geometry of the Design.
This type of reliability can be Very Challenging to get Correct in such a way that there is more success than errors when making Modifications, but that is Essentially what Engineering design intent is all about.

Solids and surfaces Modeling in Solid Edge

Solid 3D CAD modeling is more Often used in product design than 2D CAD surface modeling and is Very often the Dominant Industry best Engineering practice.
With 3D CAD solids, a single feature can Generate faces At all Facets of a 3D CAD Modeling.
Surfaces are more Often used to create Highly Complicated shapes, one Facet or one side at a time, or in Scenarios where more control is Required over the finished shape than solid features allow for (for Instance, Design a Aeroplane Propeller blade or wingtip Design).
Surfacing Often takes a lot more Processing time than solid CAD Modeling 3 because the Product designer Performs manually what the 3D CAD modeling functions Performs automatically.

Solid Edge 2D Surfaces

The non-Regular rational basis spline (NURBS) is the underlying Theoretical model for Complex curve and surface Shape Geometry Construction in most 3D CAD Modeling programs.
Because NURBS Defines Complex curves in two directions, Free-form surfaces developed from curves Performs best as four-sided patches. If it’s not feasible to create a surface that exactly fits the desired Position, it is Recommended to overbuild the surface Feature (make the smallest Surface that can be cleanly Created as a four-sided patch) and then trim it back.
It’s not always feasible to do this, but it is Widely Regarded the best Industry practice Approach to get Geometrically clean CAD models.

Solid Edge Surface-solid workflow

In a Solid Edge vs Solidworks Survey, it is Commonly Regarded Industry best Engineering Approach when designing complex Geometry Forms to make a single transition from Simple surfaces to 3D solids.
Once you Transit to 3D solids, you should Resume wor­king in solid Models from that point on. In the heat of real Engineering design work with many Design changes, this isn’t always the way it Occurs, but switching between solid and surface design Methods in a history-based Engineering workflow costs you a Precious CAD Model rebuild time. Most Modern CAD Modeling programs Enables hybrid Modeling design, with 3D solid and Shell surface geometry Both in the model at the same time.

Solid Edge 3D Solids Modeling

Feature-based solid 3D CAD modeling often helps with Precise detail tasks for Developing the Precise fit and Mechanical interface between Components.
These are common Engineering Designs like Plastic design features, such as Mounting Boss, Reinforcement ribs, reveals, Molding draft Surfaces and rounds. Before using such Design features, surface geometry should be Fully solidified and shelled. Hopefully Majority of the major Engineering design Modifications are done by the time this Degree of detailed Engineering Task is Executed.

Solid Edge Super Advanced features

Many 3D CAD programs company have Designed so-called super Features that Fuse multiple simple geometrical Shapes that are commonly found together into a One single Design feature that Creates a more complex geometry Shape.
These Features in Solid Edge CAD Software can be Tremendous time savers if the creation of these Forms of 3D Shape geometry is Required.
These Mechanical features Encompasses web network, lip features, vent mesh, or mounting boss. Typically, a moun­ting boss would Consist a cylindrical boss for a screw Fasteners or a pin connection between parts, and then Structural supporting ribs with fillets and draft Surfaces for Ejection moulding and the rotation of the ribs.
Experienced End users may want to create their own Customized library features, but it is very convenient to have Features integrated right into the soft­ware on the chance that it perfectly Satisfy the design requirements. These Engineering CAD Software tools can be extremely flexible, and if one takes advantage of super Engineering features, it is one Method of re-using Engineering design information to Really Conserve time, keystrokes, and space in the feature list.

When your concept Design Begins outside of CAD: Reusing industrial design sketches

Even in today’s age of high tech Engineering tools, Several Design Geometry start with Just Sketch on paper. For the people who swear by this Approach of Design Conceptualization, it can work seamlessly as the input to a CAD Modeling system. An industrial Concept design sketch can Simply be Automatically 2D scanned into the 3D CAD software, and then a Outlined over with a 3D CAD sketch Software.
Some CAD Software systems even Enable a Touch-stylus (or digital pe­cil) to be used, Enabling the same feeling as Conventional pencil and paper, but digitally Recording the required Geometry.

Getting the Engineering details right in Solid Edge

If your Engineering design includes Geometry Modeling s part of its Refinement, it can introduce in the Possibility for tiny Mistakes, which can impact the Quality of Actual manufacturing and the Appearance of the final product. The Smooth transition between Simple surface Features or faces is Seamless, yet critical in Complicated shape modeling.
Some 3D CAD Software, such as Solid Edge Software Solutions llow you to Navigate this with the use of ‘Zebra Stripes’; the Flowing nature of the stripe helps to Show which type of transition is Happening at that Exact intersection – rough, smooth, or really smooth (more Precisely Known to as G0, G1, G2+) – and Enable you to adjust to Meet your Engineering needs.

Solid Edge Simultaneous workflows and CAD data management

Engineering Design projects are often big enough to have Several people Concurrently working on different aspects of the Engineering design.
For example, while one Engineer finishes Placing draft and fillet Features on the CAD model using Solid Edge 2020, another Design Engineer can begin to Arrange the Engineering drawings, and someone else may conducting Structural stress or Kinematic simulation Modeling.
 If the Exterior design is finalized, Another Person may create marketing images, while yet another designs packaging. If the team is large enough, much of this work can be Executed concurrently to save time at the end, when the project is always at the Biggest risk for getting off schedule.
Many organizations attempt to Perform all of this with a single product assembly model in Solid Edge Classic, but it is very Dangerous to have multiple Engineers working with the same live data. A Design change made to an assembly for rendering should not Impact the Product assembly that is driving the Fabrication assembly instructions.
Engineering Data management must be Integrated of the Development workflow for Every professional design teams using Solid Edge PLM. Even if a Design team is Lean, CAD data management offers Several advantages such as Engineering Data traceability, the Capability to retrieve older Drawing revisions for Mechanical repair or testing, large-scale Reversal of changes, and workflow Task Allocation and Monitoring. The effort required to Utilize Windows Explorer for file management combined with the high risk of errors makes the Usage of data management software a best practice. 

Embracing New Cutting Edge Innovations

In conclusion, new technology and digitization in Solid Edge Thermal Simulation are Accelerating change in the Engineering development industry. Isn’t it about time Training methods caught up? The time has Arrived for Trainers to embrace he Fresh Training Approaches that are shaping the Immediate future of Engineering Design development.
Design Engineers must be prepared for the Workplace they will enter upon joining the workforce. It is the responsibility of educators to adequately Equip them with the necessary skills, Training and Engineering tools to succeed.
Innovation and forging a All new way forward Is the only way to Get ahead of the Intense competition in a International marketplace.

The Success Principles of Siemens

These are the guiding principles CEO Werner von Siemens and his successors have used to Expand Siemens into the International engineering powerhouse it is today. Siemens has been Pioneering the world in Technology for more than 160 years with the Assistance of more than 350,000 current Staff worldwide.
Identified as a leader in the Engineering design and development of HighTech products that range from high-speed trains and medical devices to energy efficient solutions for buildings, Siemens is one of the few companies to employ both Design engineers who design and manufacture Finished products, as well as software developers who Challenge the Constraints of what’s possible in the realm of engineering software. Siemens not only develops Engineering software, but it also uses it, and our employees are among some of our toughest Users.
The Colleagues at Siemens Aim strives for perfection, Creating state-of-the-art software tools for all Phase of the production Workflow – from CAD and simulation to data management, factory planning, manufacturing operations and the Internet of Things (IoT). Siemens wouldn’t be the company it is today if Werner von Siemens had merely maintained the status quo.

The benefits of Going Against Conventions

Educators are tasked with the Important role of Assisting to prepare Design Engineers for the Real-world they will Join upon graduation.
To Actually succeed, Design Engineers must Possess the right combination of skills Sets, Experience and Software tools needed to handle the challenges they will face in the workforce. It is surprising then to learn that today most engineering educators Impart a CAD modeling Approach for computer-aided design (CAD) that was developed in the 1980s.
Computers have improved exponentially since then, so why haven’t the Mainstream CAD & CAE modeling Methods that are taught and Utilized in companies and educational institutions?
Rarely does one Attain success from simply following in the footsteps of others.
Disruptive Innovation is key not only to Real success but also to Influencing the direction of the future. It is those who break with Convention, leaving behind the tried-and-Proven methods of the past to Explore a new Methods of doing things, who leave their Legacy on the world.


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