Solid Edge University 2013, Part 1: Solid Edge ST6 Adds 1,300 User-Requested Features27 Jun, 2013 By: Nancy Spurling Johnson
Announced this week at the annual user conference, the "greatest version ever" is said to increase performance sixfold on some tasks.
Part modeling. New features that support better and easier part modeling include
- new display capabilities speed view manipulation by as much as two-fold;
- high-quality display mode;
- autoconstrain sketch elements during drag-modify;
- physical properties and flat-pattern cut sizes listed in the variable table; and
- dimple and drawn cutout features support closed profiles.
Assembly design. Improved assembly design allows users to design more quickly in context using a cleaner, more streamlined user interface that has eliminated dialog boxes. Other new features for assembly design include
- physical properties update on Save;
- improved create-in-place command;
- PathFinder shows selected part and its subassembly; and
- frame paths can be defined using part edges.
Sheet metal design. Solid Edge has long been considered a strong application for sheet metal design. ST6 delivers new features to lessen the headaches that come with creating stamped and deep-drawn parts that typically require solids-modeling techniques applied to thin metal materials. Other new tools let users place beads across bends to stiffen parts, emboss or stamp a tool into a part, and add virtually any sheet metal feature. Overall, users now can create more complex sheet metal parts and produce more accurate digital prototypes.
Design optimization. A new automatic design optimization capability calls on the advanced FEA calculation capabilities of the Siemens PLM Femap application, allowing engineers to set a maximum and minimum part size, then Solid Edge will iterate through that range until the minimum criteria is found while maintaining a specified deflection. This new capability helps users minimize material costs without sacrificing product quality.
The graph in this image shows how Solid Edge tried max and min conditions before finding a balance between deflection and a part's mass. Click image to enlarge.
Drafting. “We are shrinking time needed to go from 3D to 2D to zero,” Staples said, adding that the Solid Edge team strives to deliver the best drawing production tools available. With a single mouse click in ST6, unorganized dimensions can be neatly arranged or repositioned as a group, resulting in faster but more accurate and detailed drawings to help reduce shop floor errors.
Users can speed drawing creation by spending less time worrying about placement and let the software organize the dimensions. Click image to enlarge.
About the Author: Nancy Spurling Johnson
Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!