Siemens has introduced its Solid Edge software (Solid Edge ST10), which is aimed at enhancing product development through new design technology, enhanced fluid flow, heat transfer analysis and cloud-based collaboration tools. It comes equipped with improved publishing tools, which enable the creation of interactive technical documents and the ability to share designs in the cloud.
Solid Edge ST10 makes it easier to optimise parts for additive manufacturing (AM) and obtain quotes, material selection and delivery schedules from AM service providers. Newly integrated topology optimisation technology, combined with Siemens’ exclusive Convergent Modeling technology, enables designers to dramatically improve product design efficiency and streamlines the ability to work with imported geometry.
Solid Edge ST10 offers a portfolio of tools to improve product development and design. New topology optimisation technology, a subset of automated generative design, quickly optimises the strength to weight ratio of individual part designs. Convergent Modeling simplifies the ability to work with geometry consisting of a combination of facets, surfaces, and solids – such as those created by importing third-party CAD files or through topology optimisation.
New simulation capabilities such as fully-integrated fluid flow analysis eliminate the need to transfer data between different applications, giving designers the ability to achieve accurate and fast fluid flow and heat transfer analysis directly in Solid Edge.
Enhancements to integrated computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) enables efficient programming of CNC machine tools, and the ability to define complex sheet metal components, optimised for manufacturing. New additive manufacturing tools enable users to 3D print parts in house or access a network of additive manufacturing services, optimising material selection and delivery.
Solid Edge ST10 also includes enriched publication features to quickly create detailed illustrations of designs. Publishing interactive digital documents can help communicate the correct manufacturing process and maintenance procedures for products. These documents are associative to the original design information, enabling rapid updates to the documentation when the design changes.
New enhancements to built-in Solid Edge data management and improved integration with Siemens’ Teamcenter software delivers scalable product data management to help companies of all sizes become digital enterprises. Component classification and off-line working are now supported for Solid Edge using the embedded Teamcenter integration.
The Solid Edge portal will offer a cloud-based solution to collaborate with other users, suppliers and customers, simplifying communication in product development cycles.
Offering a new way to work cooperatively, the portal allows users to upload and manage files in cloud-based folders, with multi-platform browser-based viewing of Solid Edge and many other popular CAD applications.
“We import many 3D models for components like lamps and cushions in a faceted format,” said Ricardo Espinosa, R&D Engineering Manager, Kimball International. “The new Convergent Modeling technology that underlies Solid Edge ST10 will enable us to work faster and more flexibly with this data.”