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Solid Edge Version 19

Now a cornerstone of the UGS' Velocity series offering, Solid Edge's profile within the market has gained a huge boost over the course of the past nine months since the last release. So, what does version 19 bring to the table for the mainstream modeling system?

The Transition from 2D
If you take a look at the typical Solid Edge user, they're most likely to have come from a 2D background and, aside from those ME10 users out there, that is always going to mean AutoCAD. As with all the mainstream modeling tools, Solid Edge has always had tools that allow AutoCAD users to make the most of their data. With version 19, Solid Edge gives the transitioning user the ability to import AutoCAD DWG data and interact with it in a familiar manner.

  • In Solid Edge V19, PMI data can be stored with 3D models and assemblies.

When you open a DWG file in V19, you're presented with a number of options that allow you to work with the data in a way that will be immediately familiar to any AutoCAD user. You can use display options (such as white text, black background), select layers for importing, line mapping, etc. What's interesting is that once you import the data, it's then held within the Solid Edge environment and you have to adhere to the system's

Core Design Tools
Moving onto core product definition tools and updates to that core technology, the biggest news for V19 is the introduction of motion simulation and a completely redone Explode, Render, Animate toolset. This enables new gear-relationship types and motion drivers (motors) to be added to the assembly environment, which allows more efficient mechanism representation.

  • Figure 1: V19's new gear relationship functionality reduces system overhead and enables real-time solving of complex gear simulations.
Gears allow you to define a relationship of both circular (such as chain or belt driven, gears, cams, etc.) and linear (such as hydraulics/pneumatics) or indeed, a mix of both (such as a rack and pinion). Motors are used to put gears into motion, which allows you to define a rotary or linear input to drive a mechanism or system and use that to drive the motion simulation (see Figures 1 above and 2 below).Following on from this, UGS reworked the Explode, Render, and Animate tools, creating a brand new environment. The new environment uses a keyframe/timeline-based approach to create animations. Everything within a dataset can be animated, from the parts and subassemblies, through lights, camera, and such.

          • Figure 2: In Solid Edge 19 gear relationships provide a complete set of gear types (rotation to rotation, linear to rotation, and linear to linear). This example shows a rack and pinion steering mechanism.

          The Animation environment includes a number of effects that can be integrated into the work quickly, such as fades. You can also take advantage of geometry-based path (using geometry) or keyframe interpolation (where the camera moves between user-defined positions) to quickly create product animations, whether that's a simple turntable, a complex fly-through, or an assembly/disassembly.All of this leads me rather nicely onto the next big update for Solid Edge 19: Exploded views. UGS has also overhauled these, particularly in terms of the intelligence the system can extract from the model (such as how it handles subassemblies) up through to the ease with which you can dive in and create the explosion sequence exactly how you want it.


          Design For Six Sigma (DFSS)

          Product Overview

          Sigmund ABA for Solid Edge is an assembly build analysis tool that, for parts and assemblies defined in Solid Edge, allows engineers to evaluate the 3-D effects of component tolerances on the quality of manufactured products. Sigmund provides engineers with an easy to use Solid Edge-Sigmund interface to evaluate the capability of their Solid Edge designs, ensuring that assemblies go together 100 percent of the time, while meeting all the assembly performance criteria. Sigmund ABA is integrated with Solid Edge v12 and above.


          Sigmund ABA for SolidEdge can be used to resolve complex assembly problems for rigid bodies, evaluate design improvements, identify important design characteristics and determine optimal tolerances for parts and assemblies created in Solid Edge. Using Sigmund from design concept through production will improve quality, reduce costs, and cut development cycle times.
          Development of a Sigmund assembly build analysis model follows an intuitive, step-by-step methodology that includes the following stages:
          • Component Geometry Creation: Model geometry can be exported from Solid Edge as a Solid Edge Part/Assembly data (wire frame or surface) or IGES, STEP data (wire frame or surface). The entities that can be exported to Sigmund are: CAD geometry (wire frame or surface), planes, lines, points, axis, and coordinate systems.

          • GD&T or Tolerance Emulation: This step defines the component variation to be modeled. Solid Edge input tolerance information including the component GD&T datum structures and geometric tolerances must be reapplied to the relevant features using the functionality provided in Sigmund. Simple, menu-driven commands are used to define the datum reference frames, and tolerance feature control frames are simply filled as shown on the drawing. The capability also exists to emulate dimensional or tolerances if GD&T has not been used.

          • Optimize: Using the output from the Sigmund model, the Solid Edge design can be evaluated, optimized and validated before a single part is manufactured. At this stage, different design concepts, locating schemes and assembly methods can be evaluated. Potential manufacturing processes and the resulting capabilities can be assessed. Tolerances can be tightened, if necessary, to meet the requirements or loosened if they are found to have little impact on the requirements.


          MITCalc for Solid Edge, Pinned Couplings (EP05)

          Decin, Czech Republic, 20.09.2005

          MITCalc engineering calculations have been extended with a new module and connected to the Solid Edge CAD system.

          MITCalc for Solid Edge
          It is a standalone installation. In addition to “MITCalc” calculations, it includes the appropriate parametric models and an interface between Excel and the Solid Edge CAD system (ver. 15, 16, 17). In addition to individual parts, the link of MITCalc for Solid Edge and the Solid Edge CAD system makes it possible to also input groups of parts (subassembly) into assembly. For example, it is possible to input a complete belt gear solution at once; it is fully associative and the dimensions of the inserted part (subassembly) change according to the changes in calculation parameters.

          Pinned Couplings (Extension Pack EP05)
          The calculation is intended for the geometric design and strength check of couplings using pins and clevis pins. The program is used to solve the following tasks: design of pin for spring attachment, design of couplings with securing pins, design of cross pin in rod and sleeve, design of radial pin for shaft-hub connection, design of longitudinal pin for shaft-hub connection, design of clevis pin for rotating rod-clevis connection, strength check of designed couplings. The program includes dimensional tables for pins and clevis pins according to ANSI, ISO, DIN, BS, JIS and CSN and support of 2D CAD systems.

          Extension pack EP05 and MITCalc for Solid Edge is available for download here.

          About MITCalc
          MITCalc is a multi-language mechanical and technical calculation package. It includes solutions for gear, belt and chain drives, bearings, springs, bearings, beam, shaft, bolt connection, shaft connection, tolerances and many other mechanical parts. The calculations are compatible with most types of 2D and 3D CAD systems (AutoCAD®, AutoCAD LT®, IntelliCAD®, Ashlar Graphite®, TurboCAD®, Autodesk Inventor®, SolidWorks®, Solid Edge®, Pro/ENGINEER®...) , support both Imperial and Metric units, and are processed according to ANSI, ISO, DIN, BS, Japanese and other common standards.

          Validate Your Design Inside Solid Edge

          Solid Edge gives you world-class capabilities to design and build realistic 3D solid models representing the form of your parts. Solid Edge also allows you to create assemblies of the 3D solid parts in order to allow you to clearly understand whether the parts will properly together as an assembly. What Solid Edge will not do is provide you with the ability to know if your design will actually meet it's intended (and sometimes unintended) performance criteria? To determine if a design will perform as expected, the physical assembly is produced and a series of costly lab or field tests are done. This testing usually produces several design changes and the process continues until all production performance criteria are met. The problem with this is that design validation is done too late in the process.

          Don't Wait to Validate!

          Dynamic Designer allows you understand the true dynamic function of your design inside the Solid Edge environment before your produce or assembly physical hardware. Design Validation with Dynamic Designer allows you to build, test and refine the function of your CAD models and output the same performance information typically gathered physically (e.g. part interference, motor size, cam performance, gear and linkage layout, etc.). Using Dynamic Designer you will understand the mechanics of your design before you cut metal or mold plastic, all within the familiar Solid Edge environment. Design revisions are easier and less costly if motion problems are identified before you build and test a physical assembly. If you have questions about how a design works or performs, Dynamic Designer can help you.

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          Suppress IntelliSketch

          Working in the sketch / 2D environment of Solid Edge you can set the ‘snap’ of the cursor when clicking a line. For example an endpoint or a midpoint. The point you will snap to is show next to the cursor.

          The points the cursor is sensitive to can be set with the IntelliSketch options. (Tools/IntelliSketch…)

          Sometimes the intelligence of IntelliSketch is not handy at all. Fortunately you can suppress all IntelliSketch options together by pressing ALT while sketching. Upon releasing the ALT key IntelliSketch will be reactivated.
          Remark: it is possible that after releasing the ALT key the screen does not refresh itself. Just press ALT shortly again to resume sketching.

          Solid Edge - Overview

          Solid Edge is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to transform their process of innovation and achieve competitive advantage. A fundamental component of the UGS Velocity™ Series portfolio, Solid Edge delivers an exceptional return on investment for a low total cost of ownership. With a unique 4-step process for evolving to the productive world of 3D, superior core modeling, embedded design management, built in finite element analysis, and process workflows, Solid Edge delivers the benefits of a fully integrated and managed design discipline that eases the growing complexity of product design.

          Comments from Ake Blogger:
          If you like Auto CAD, Pro/Engineer, Catia, Unigraphics, Solid Works, you'll like Solid Edge as well because it's more easier for you to create and/or modify your design without disturbance to your drafting file


          System Requirements

          Prior to using Solid Edge software you must know the system requirements (hardware/OS). The following details are the recommended requirements from official Solid Edge website.

          The most recent release of Solid Edge has been certified to run on the following:

          • Windows XP Professional® operating system (32 bit or 64 bit)
          • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher

          Solid Edge requires these versions (or later) to install due to system files delivered with these versions that Solid Edge relies on for proper operation.
          Solid Edge stops certifying new releases against an operating system shortly after Microsoft drops mainstream support for it. Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 are unsupported operating systems. Solid Edge will not install on these operating systems. It is not recommended that you run Solid Edge on Server operating systems.
          Solid Edge will not install on machines without Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. Internet Explorer is not required to be the default browser.
          Solid Edge is not supported on Intel Itanium processors.

          Hardware System Requirements
          Recommended System Configuration:
          Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processor
          Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
          1 GB or more RAM
          True Color (32-bit) or 16 million colors (24-bit)
          Screen resolution of 1280x1024

          Minimum System Configuration:
          Intel Pentium, Intel Xeon, AMD Athlon, or AMD Opteron
          Windows XP Professional
          512 MB RAM
          65K colors
          Minimum Resolution: 1024x768
          Disk space required for installation: 1.3 GB
          The 64-bit version of Solid Edge requires Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition with Intel EM64T or AMD64 processors. Beginning with Solid Edge Version 19, we deliver the product on a single DVD. For more details on this corporate-wide direction, please refer to
          Display System Requirements and Information
          Solid Edge will run on any graphics driver that supports Windows XP. Contact your graphics driver manufacturer to determine whether their graphics adapter/driver supports this operating system.
          For optimal performance, it is recommended to use a professional graphics card that is designed for CAD applications. For information about cards used in testing Solid Edge and results, refer to
          Note that running with extremely high screen resolution and color depth increases the memory requirements on the system and may result in apparent performance degradation. If experienced, reconfigure the display system to the recommended resolution and color depth for improved performance.
          When running Solid Edge, if you experience an abnormally high abort rate, parts disappearing, or other graphic anomalies you may not be using the appropriate graphics driver.
          For more details, visit


          Graphic Card Testing

          Solid Edge will run on any graphic card that supports Windows 2000® or Windows XP®. Contact your card manufacturer to determine whether their graphics adapter or driver supports these operating systems.The list of graphic cards and associated drivers provided were specifically tested at the request of the card manufacturer. These cards were run through a series of standard display tests. This list should not be interpreted as the only cards on which Solid Edge will successfully run.
          The information herein is provided solely as a service to Solid Edge customers. No warranties or commitments are expressed or implied. Inquiries regarding specific graphics card features should be directed to the respective vendors.


          Industry Solutions: Machinery and Equipment

          As a machine designer today you are constantly facing one very clear but difficult issue: the ever increasing complexity of your product designs. Driven by market demand for new and innovative products with an increasing array of options, product complexity has multiplied exponentially in the last decade. Add the need to apply new technologies before your competitors do, customer demand for faster delivery – and the need to fit more and more capability into smaller and smaller spaces while delivering increasingly functional shapes with optimized material costs – and product complexity becomes almost impossible to manage.


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          The challenge of complexity in product design and engineering

          - by Brian Gott with Cambashi Limited

          New design methods are required in order to head off a growing complexity crisis in product design and engineering. A recent survey identified product and process complexity as the most important issue for designers and engineers, well ahead of time to market and cost pressures.
          Driven by markets that demand ever-increasing product value and functionality, manufacturers have embarked on continuous product improvement, delivering more features, more innovation and better looking products. In the fight to control markets and maintain market share the leading manufacturers increase the size of their product ranges, offer more options and release new and better products more frequently, incorporating new technology, more automation and better value for money at an accelerating rate. Coping with the resulting design complexity while maintaining time to market and profitability is the latest challenge to hit the engineering industry.
          This white paper analyses the proposition that modern 3D CAD systems can be successfully deployed to cope with design complexity and create the kind of product design environment that positively promotes innovation, while raising design productivity yet again in order to increase design throughput.
          Our analysis deals with three main topics:
          how and why complexity arises
          how modern 3D solid modeling CAD technology can be deployed to meet the challenges that complexity presents and to turn them to competitive advantage
          the particular characteristics of modern mainstream 3D CAD systems that impact the complexity issue.
          A detailed review is given of all the areas throughout the product development work flow cycle that are impacted by a fully implemented 3D CAD system, and the gains to be expected.The findings are derived from our on-going research programs, from speaking to companies currently considering a move to 3D solid modeling, and to others who have already made the move, drawn from the machinery, electro-mechanical, and consumer products sectors of industry.


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          Solid Edge 2D drafting demonstrates UGS’ commitment to helping companies control costs. Whether you are using 2D company-wide or for specific 2D design processes, you will benefit from Solid Edge 2D Drafting. Solid Edge 2D Drafting capitalizes on 10 years of production-proven capabilities developed for Solid Edge, and offers excellent drawing layout, diagramming, annotation and dimensioning controls that automatically comply with a wide range of drafting standards – including ISO, ANSI, BSI, DIN, JIS and UNI. And it is absolutely FREE to download and use.
          Solid Edge 2D Drafting includes a wealth of tools designed to ease the transition of 2D AutoCAD users updating to Solid Edge, including import wizards, WYSIWYG of imported files (matching of AutoCAD fonts and color schemes) and many other capabilities that make it a compelling application for AutoCAD 2D users looking for more value and productivity from their 2D CAD seats

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