Solid Edge Technical Publications

Most companies understand the need for clear and concise technical documentation. Many companies have hired special staff and purchased expensive products to facilitate the creation of their technical documentation. So, there is no doubt of the importance and the need for accurate and up-to-date technical documentation. Yet, many companies are still struggling to keep the documentation current and associative with their products. If your company is struggling with the cost and time wasted on producing accurate technical documentation, perhaps it is time to look at Solid Edge Technical Publications.

As the Siemens website states, “The ability to clearly communicate the correct manufacturing, installation and maintenance procedures for your designs is essential to the performance of your products and the success of your business. Using Solid Edge technical publications solutions, your designers can quickly create many types of technical documents—from simple illustrations for end user manuals to interactive 3D technical documents for manufacturing and service. You can reduce the need for specialist technical authors or external services and produce top quality documents in-house.”

Work directly with your Solid Edge models

If you have ever had to take snapshots of your3D models for your documentation, you know how time consuming this can be. Furthermore, if the model gets updated, you must redo all your snapshots and update your documentation. Imagine the time saved if you could use the existing CAD models directly in your documentation. As the Siemens website states: “Solid Edge technical publications solutions are closely integrated with Solid Edge, allowing you to work directly with your Solid Edge parts and assemblies, and eliminating the need to convert your CAD files to a different format. And changes to the original design are easily incorporated into existing documents, speeding the engineering change process, and ensuring that published documents reflect the current design.”

Why should I use Solid Edge Technical Publications?

Being able to access the Solid Edge 3D parts and assemblies directly is a powerful incentive to use this package. However, there are several other benefits worth considering. When you access the 3Dmodels, you are accessing the meta data of the Solid Edge model. This allows access to the properties of the models, allowing you to automate creation of things like parts lists and instruction steps. Since you are accessing the model and meta data directly, you can rapidly update documentation when design changes occur. Not only does this save you a lot of time, but it can significantly reduce documentation errors. Plus, you can start your documentation process before the models are completed. Knowing that any updates can easily be captured when they occur.

If you are still not convinced that Solid Edge Technical Publications is worth investigating, consider these additional features:

·       Create and publish industry-standard 3D PDF and web-based HTML-5 documentation that can be viewed without additional plugins.

·       Publish professional SVG graphics with optional interactive parts lists.

 ·       Automate creation of instruction steps and parts lists with easy-to-use

storyboard wizards.

 ·       Rapidly layout document pages using smart templates.

 ·       Import/export Solid Edge section views and PMI data.

·       Import JT files for working with multiple 3D CAD sources.

·       Batch publish illustrations to custom sizes, best matching the intent of the graphics.

·       Access and update design data directly from Teamcenter PLM software.


A final benefit, and maybe the most important, is that it is easy to learn and use. Which eliminates the need for specialized technical authors or external services.


Solid Edge Technical Publications details

Solid Edge Technical Publications is modulated to suit your needs. The base module is Solid Edge Illustrations for your single page documentation.

Solid Edge Illustrations

Solid Edge Illustrations provides an efficient workflow to create custom parts lists and animated instructions. Multiple illustrations can be created and organized into a storyboard for easy management. Illustration sizing enables users to publish raster and vector images in custom sizes instead of using the same general size for all published files, this allows for more attractive, useful publication. Solid Edge Illustrations can also output raster and vector graphics as well as template based 3D PDF and HTML5.

The next level module is Solid Edge 3DPublishing for your multi-page documentation.

Solid Edge 3D Publishing

Solid Edge 3D Publishing, which also includes Solid Edge Illustrations, is essential for creating technical documentation. With Solid Edge 3D Publishing, combine 3D illustrations and page design to create multi-page documents. Documents can maintain 3D interactivity when published to PDF or HTML. Interactive 3D documents are easy to navigate using common click-able buttons, tables, and a thumbnail carousel. Alternatively, documents can be printed or published to static PDF with embedded high-resolution images or vector graphics of 3D content.

Two new Add-ons have been added in Solid Edge2021. The Teamcenter PLM integration module, and XLIFF language translation module.

Integration with Teamcenter PLM software

Shorten the cycle between design and documentation with Siemens world-class product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, Teamcenter®. Open, save, check in and check out the most recent version of your design data and perform additional data management tasks within the Teamcenter client.

The Teamcenter Integration for Solid Edge Technical Publications add-on enables direct access to your design data, ensuring that you are working with the right data, every time.

XLIFF Language Translation

Reach a larger, global market using XLIFF language translation to easily translate and localize digital documents. Available as an add-on, the Solid Edge XLIFF Language Translation module provides import/export functionally for language translation for both 3D Publishing and Illustrations. Seamlessly integrated into the Solid Edge user interface, the module exports a zip file that includes XLIFF and RTF files. An industry standard translation format based on XML,XLIFF is compatible with industry standard translation software to make translation easy. Formatted text, such as text boxes in 3D Publishing, are exported to RTF format so that rich formatting can be maintained or edited during the translation.

Solid Edge Technical Publications will save you time and money, while providing professional and accurate documentation. Furthermore, its affordable and easy to employ. I believe that every company could benefit from this package, and I encourage you to investigate this Solid Edge portfolio offering at your earliest convenience.

Want to learn more?

If you would like to watch the Solid Edge Technical Publications sales video, CLICK HERE. If you would like to arrange for a demonstration, please contact your Account Manager, or email us directly at , or call us at 1-888-567-3933.


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