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Solid Edge ST4 Global Launch Event

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The Solid Edge ST4 Global Launch Event is just around the corner.  Early bird registration savings has passed, but there is still time for you to be a part of the action and revitalize what will hopefully be a new trend in Solid Edge specific events.

Where: The Westin Huntsville
6800 Governors West, NW
Huntsville, Alabama 35806
United States
When: June 15th – 16th, 2011
How: Visit the Event Page
Cost: $350

About the Event

The two day event consists of the usual keynotes and an ST4 preview.  More importantly, it consists of breakout sessions for hands-on use of ST4 and discussions with developers, tech support, and other Solid Edge users so you can return to your office with plenty of information on how to best utilize the latest release of Solid Edge.  You may even take home some beneficial tips-and-tricks for your existing installation.

To Learn More

Beside viewing the event page, there are several other Solid Edge users blogging about the event and, if you have a webkey, plenty of discussion on the bbsnotes.
Linked In Event Page
SolidDNA’s Post and Post
CIMData’s Announcement
Saratech’s Announcement
Jason Newell’s Blog Post
Desktop Engineering’s Article

And of course I have to mention my own website.

3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Solid Edge ST3

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Deelip has put together a great series, in plain terms, to describe the graphics performance of various 3D MCAD packages.

Here is his exhaustive list:

    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Expert Opinon By Tech Soft 3D
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 1
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 2 (MoI)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 3 (SpaceClaim)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 4 (KeyCreator)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 5 (Alibre Design)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 6 (Alibre Design Revisited)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 7 (AutoCAD)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 8 (KOMPAS-3D)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 9 (Acrobat)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 10 (Pro/ENGINEER)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 11 (IRONCAD)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 12 (T-FLEX)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 13 (Inventor)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 14 (PowerSHAPE)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 15 (CoCreate)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 16 (Conclusion)

One CAD system Deelip was not able to try was Solid Edge ST3, because it is currently in beta and only a few leaks are managing their way into the public realm. The reason ST3 really needs to be in Deelip’s comparison is because it claims to have significant improvements to graphics performance.

Well, it just so happens that one Solid Edge user did a test similar to Deelip’s. Please note that this user did this prior to Deelip’s blog posts, so it doesn’t use an engine and the pathing is only coincidental. The reason it is so late making it into the public realm is because the user needed to get permission before releasing the videos. That’s the speed of business, baby. What do you think? Are these “freakin’ awesome”?

Improved Graphics Performance – SE ST3 Single Assembly

Improved Graphics Performance – SE ST3 Multiple Assemblies

The computer that ran this is

Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E6850 (3.00Ghz)
8 Gig RAM
Windows 7 64-bit (SE 32-bit only cause I don’t have 64-bit downloaded yet)
Quadro FX 1700
Intel X25-M 80 Gig SSD

The test was also done on a machine very similar with only 4 Gig RAM, Windows XP, and a 10,000 RPM SATA drive and the results were identical.  The Solid Edge settings were the default settings, no special tweaks.

The first video:

1659 Unique Parts
4800 Total Parts
11 Simplified
7 Level
384 Sub-assemblies
340 Unique sub-assemblies
1.2 Gig Total Document Size

The second video:

1659 Unique Parts
19200 Total Parts
44 Simplified
8 Level
1540 Sub-assemblies
341 Unique sub-assemblies
1.2 Gig Total Document Size

And don’t tell anyone, but that issue about using 50% CPU just by moving your cursor over a blank graphics screen, has been improved also.

(I tried to embed the youtube videos, but it appears that you may have to click on the links instead.)

Solid Edge Productivity Summit Tour

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Solid Edge, the best CAD program you never heard of.  How many remember that moniker?  Just a couple of years ago, the Solid Edge name was revitalized because of the buzz surrounding Synchronous Technology.  Once that buzz diminished though, Solid Edge reverted back to shadows, hidden by the Velocity Series and Siemens logos.

I am happy to say that those days are numbered.  Siemens has put more effort into marketing Solid Edge.  As a matter of fact, you will find product ads that actually say “Solid Edge” in them instead of the ambiguous Velocity Series or Siemens brand names.  They hired great talent spearheading the new marketing plan.  They even hired well known ringers, or big-guns, to consult for them.

One particular event that has gotten great reviews is the Solid Edge Productivity Summits spanning the US and two cities in Canada.  The Summits have been announced before, but a reminder deserves mention since they are half over, but still plenty of locations left to attend.  Word is spreading about these events.  Attendance is reaching into the hundreds for each location.  These aren’t just your regular forum participants; these are your every day users who consist of the silent majority.

Seeing the attendance numbers, hearing users’ stories, and seeing feedback about these events permeate the media makes me think that Solid Edge will not continue to be the best CAD system you have never heard of.

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