March 14, 2005
UGS Launches Solid Edge Version 17
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UGS Launches Solid Edge Version 17
UGS, has launched Version 17 of Solid Edge software, its 3D CAD system for the mainstream product lifecycle management (PLM) market. UGS expects the new release to begin shipping in April.
UGS made the announcement at a press briefing at the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago. Separately, UGS also announced "Direct Editing" capability in Solid Edge Version 17.
"Solid Edge is the cornerstone of UGS' mid-market strategy. The software has consistently performed well over the last couple of years and is positioned for significant expansion in this market," said Tony Affuso, chairman, CEO and president of UGS. "Solid Edge is focused on helping evolve 2D users to 3D to effectively address the constant increase in design complexity of new products."
Design with Insight And Evolve To 3D
Constant increase in product complexity has prompted designers in all manufacturing industries to adopt 3D technology. Solid Edge's unique four step Evolve to 3D approach addresses this need by helping customers migrate to 3D in a smooth, efficient, non-disruptive manner; thus allowing customers to get their job done today while learning 3D as they go, mixing and matching techniques in a highly productive hybrid 2D/3D environment.
Solid Edge Version 17 continues to deliver on its Design with Insight vision and help customers to Evolve to 3D, by delivering many new capabilities to optimize the design of complex products in a hybrid 2D/3D environment; all under the control of the built-in insight for design management.
Hybrid 2D/3D Design
Version 16 enhanced Solid Edge's capability for hybrid 2D/3D design by introducing the unique "Zero D" capability that allows the definition of product structure before any geometry is committed to paper. In Version 17 this capability is enhanced to include new workflows that allow customers to convert existing 3D parts into 2D profiles for efficient 2D design layout, thus allowing streamlined incorporation of existing parts into the hybrid 2D/3D workflow.
"The fundamental concern voiced by product developers considering a move from 2D to 3D CAD tools is a wish to preserve their existing process of product design in order to minimize risk and business impact," said Ken Versprille, Ph.D., PLM Research Director, CPD Associates. "2D layout is central to their process methodology today and the Solid Edge Hybrid 2D/3D tool addresses the concern head on. By incorporating product structure, 2D layout, and 3D geometry into a single consistent approach that emulates the way they currently work and trust, users get the best of all worlds in their transition."
Solid Edge Version 17 takes a leap forward in the mainstream CAD market by becoming the only major player to offer direct editing of models without the need to edit the history tree. Direct Editing allows the editing of native complex parametric models "after the fact" without the need to retrace steps in the history tree. Direct Editing also allows the editing of imported 3D geometry from any source, without the need to import features and parameters. With Direct Editing, Solid Edge offers leadership in interoperability with NX software and in helping customers to either co-exist with, or migrate from, competitive systems such as Pro/ENGINEER, Autodesk Inventor, or SolidWorks.
"When working graphically with our existing large assemblies, the new simplify assembly enhancements in Version 17 will help us to increase performance up to five times compared to our current version of Solid Edge," said Klaus Langer of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation GmbH (Heidenheim, Germany) and Solid Edge Version 17 beta tester. "It's a great testament to UGS' focus on customer satisfaction that all our requests for new enhancements made just six months ago are now in Solid Edge Version 17."
In addition to these new features, Solid Edge continues to push the envelope in many other areas. Also delivered with Version 17 are:
"One of the difficult things about operating a CAD system is the sequence of commands and selections that are required to produce a useable model," said Ray Kurland, president, TechniCom, Inc. "Solid Edge is the first system I have seen that makes a serious attempt to solve that problem. The new apprentice mode is quite usable and will benefit both casual and new users."
We just returned from the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago last week and can report that the city has once again upheld its reputation for being cold and blustery in March. The show, which is part of National Manufacturing Week, continues to shrink in size, as have most other general-purpose design and engineering trade shows. In fact, it's moving to the Rosemont Convention Center near O'Hare Airport next year - a facility that is literally a better fit for this event. The trip this year, however was worthwhile, although there were relatively few "mega" new MCAD product announcements or introductions.
Of the MCAD products introduced, we felt that Solid Edge Version 17 was among the most significant.
This was actually our second exposure to Solid Edge v17, as I spent a day covering the highlights and a few details of the new product privately with a Solid Edge application engineer and a product manager several weeks ago. Although I haven't yet had any hands-on time with Solid Edge v17, below are what I consider the highlights based on my private demo and the public presentation at NDES.
capability is probably one of the best illustrations of the 2D/3D workflow.
With what I have witnessed with so far with Solid Edge v17, coupled with the fact that this release is coming from the "new UGS" (after being cut loose from EDS last year), I feel that Solid Edge will emerge from relative obscurity in the MCAD space and become a real contender among the bevy of products it competes with, namely, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, and Inventor. Granted, this is only a preliminary first look over somebody else's shoulder, but I feel is a positive indicator for the product and the company backing it.
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-- Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe.com Contributing Editor.
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