In last week’s blog I had started to discuss
what was new in Solid Edge ST6, as introduced to us at Solid Edge University
2013 (SEU2013). I had left off with mentioning the new enhancements in surface modeling.
So let’s continue with what’s new in Part and Sheet Metal modeling.
Part and Sheet Metal Design
Steering Wheel – now has 3 directional axes to
eliminate the annoying need to always flip the steering wheel.
solution manager – including color control, something I
had requested for some of our color blind users.
Faster revisions with synchronous
technology - Include or exclude edges of peer parts
during creation. Added exclude interior loops or use only interior loops, to
the Extrude planar face option from ST5.
Better reuse with synchronous technology
More robust rectangular and
Pattern recognition allows
count and instance editing of imported patterns.
Partial round delete with
Dimensioning chamfered edges
uses virtual vertices.
Create stamped sheet metal parts with a
single command – emboss a
tool or punch into a sheet metal part.
Stiffen parts by adding features across
bends - add
beads, dimples, louvers, emboss features across bends
Sheet Metal Features on Parts - sheet metal features can be placed on regular
ordered parts of uniform thickness without having to transform the part to
sheet metal. This provides an especially efficient method in stamped metal
Again, there are
many other enhancements in Part modeling which will benefit all users.
ST6 Assembly Design
Solid Edge continues their dominance in
working with large assemblies. Along with some nice enhancements to PathFinder
Indicators and Physical Properties, here are my favorite improvements:
Assembly occurrences can now be used for
inputs to Boolean operations - No
inter-part copy of the geometry is needed and multiple tool body components can
be selected (see previous blog article).
Faster display - New display capabilities speed pan/zoom/fit by up
to 2 times.
Complete overhaul of simplify assemblies
environment for creating user defined simplified representations.
component automatically encloses components with rectangular or cylindrical
body speeds simplification of copied or patterned components.
is to simplify models for effective design of 1 Million+ parts.
In-Place Enhancements – moved
to optional QuickBar with better control over placing the origin.
Synchronous Assembly Modeling Peer Edge
Locate – allows for improved
key-point selection when modeling in the Assembly.
Plus several new
enhancements to synchronous commands have been made while a user is in-place
activated into a part or sheet metal file from an assembly.
Two of the most exciting enhancements in
Solid Edge ST6 appear in the Draft environment. When the following was
demonstrated they received an enthusiastic round of applause from the audience
Align annotations with a
linear, rectangular or fitted shape.
Reposition the annotations
by dragging the alignment shape.
Clean up messy dimensions
with a single mouse click.
Select dimensions by fence
or by drawing view.
Creates and aligns dimension
Some other notable changes in drawing production
Faster zoom/pan, and hatch
display with large 2D drawings.
Auto-constrain 2D elements
Retrieve slot feature
Partial bolt hole circles.
Simplified drawing view
Shortcuts and easier sheet
Edit tables in place.
Better editing of embedded
Drawing views are now
displayed before placement.
Derived break lines from one
view to another.
Align any drawing view with
key-points or drawing view centers.
2D directional fence select:
left for overlapping, right for inside locate to.
tables from placed blocks on schematic drawings.
These enhancements, and more, continue to
make Solid Edge’s drawing capabilities the best on the market.
for SolidWorks refugees
One other noteworthy feature, added to Solid
Edge ST6, is the new SolidWorks migration tool. Siemens is going after the
SolidWorks customers who are concerned about the kernel change and loss of
legacy data. This tool, combined with some other enhancements, will allow the
SolidWorks user to:
- · Protect their investment in
- · Get the power of synchronous
- · Maintain speed and
reliability with Parasolid.
- If you are a SolidWorks customer and are
concerned about the ongoing changes and mixed messages from Dassault Systemes,
Siemens is willing to help you transition to Solid Edge, while protecting and
reusing your legacy data.
Solid Edge ST6
As mentioned at the beginning of the article,
I have only scratched the surface of what’s new in Solid Edge ST6. I did not
even mention the enhancements in the simulation package, standard parts,
framing, or data management. I will attempt to expand on the improvements in
future blog articles. But I felt it important to give an overall account of
Solid Edge ST6, as presented at SEU2013. I have worked with Solid Edge for over
10 years now and I am truly impressed with how the development team continues
to listen to the actual customers. Solid Edge ST6 enhancements have truly been
driven by the customers. The 3 core values for this release were to:
- 1. Accelerate design
for faster time to market.
- 2. Faster revisions
for higher repeat business.
- 3. Better reuse
for lower development costs.
Siemens has done a
great job at meeting these core values with Solid Edge ST6. Judging by the
excitement at SEU2013, this looks to be a great release with customers eagerly
awaiting the arrival of Solid Edge ST6. The release date has not been finalized
yet, but the general consensus is that customers can expect to receive their
copy sometime in August 2013.