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Solid Edge University 2015

11 Nov, 2015 By: Nancy Spurling Johnson

Annual user event highlights Solid Edge ST8, offers a sneak peek at ST9, and introduces the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, a tablet equipped for full-fledged CAD.

Chapman said that Microsoft is trying to dramatically change the hardware arena with products such as the Surface Pro, which combines the features of a tablet with those of a well-equipped mobile workstation — "a tablet that can replace a laptop," as the slogan goes. The latest model features a full professional keyboard, a 40% larger track pad (compared to the previous model), the biggest screen yet at 12.3", and the new Surface Pen that offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and attaches to the tablet with a magnet for storage.

Operating on touch-capable Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, the Surface Pro 4 has professional-grade options such as an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD graphics 520 or an Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris graphics; as much as 16 GB RAM; and a solid-state drive (128 GB to 1 TB storage). It incorporates a 5.0 MP front-facing HD camera, 8.0 MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video recording, stereo microphones, and Dolby Audio Premium stereo speakers. Ports include a full-size USB 3.0, microSD card reader, headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, and more. The unit measures 11.5" x 7.9" x 0.3" and weighs 1.7 lb, and battery life can reach 9 hours for video playback, according to the company. A one-year limited hardware warranty is standard. Prices for CAD-capable models range from approximately $1,000 to $2,699.

Adding the available Surface Dock ($199), users can turn the Surface Pro 4 into a full desktop CAD workstation including multiple monitors and full-size keyboard and other peripherals.

Sneak Peek: Solid Edge ST9

SEU 2015 wrapped up with a look ahead to Solid Edge ST9. Jeff Walker, director, Solid Edge Products, described a long list of features to come, adding the caveat that these features are not necessarily the most significant, but rather the ones developed enough to share:

  • Revision Manager 2.0: complete UI facelift


  • Solid Edge Pack-n-Go: Copy, zip, and send project files for easy collaboration


  • Customization and preferences management: Take your user settings to any machine.


  • Tabbed document user interface


  • High-resolution monitor support


  • Create/place blocks in assembly and part sketches


  • Text boxes in sketches


  • True multibody features


  • Solid sweep: Mimics movement of cutting tools along a path


  • Spiral curve: Easily create complex, parameter-driven spiral curves


  • Sheet metal clash in flat: Easily identify non-manufacturable parts


  • Sheet metal flat orientation: Easily adjust position to suit your process


  • Assembly Relationship Manager: Single portal to find, view, and edit relationships


  • Variable table enhancements: grouping, sorting, and if/then support


  • Tolerance table: Easily view and communicate critical tolerances


  • Hole callouts with count


  • SolidWorks associative drawing migration


  • Teamcenter user session information


  • Teamcenter open multiple revisions


  • Teamcenter tab on Command ribbon

At the conclusion of Solid Edge University 2015, Jeff Walker presented the sneakiest of peeks into every potential enhancement planned for Solid Edge ST9.

At the conclusion of Solid Edge University 2015, Jeff Walker presented the sneakiest of peeks into every potential enhancement planned for Solid Edge ST9.

Follow Cadalyst for more Solid Edge University 2016 coverage to come, including my one-on-one interview with Dan Staples, vice-president, Solid Edge Development.

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