Siemens releases Solid Edge ST9 to South African audience

Siemens debuted its latest release of Solid Edge, the powerful mainstream MCAD package. In its latest iteration, ST9, Siemens’ engineers have added cloud licensing support, new modelling tools, scalable data management tools and more.

Jeff Walker, the Director of Solid Edge Products at Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, with more than 25 years of experience in the mechanical CAD industry and began his work in the Solid Edge product design group in 1995, included South Africa in his calendar to present the latest release of Solid Edge.

Solid Edge from Siemens PLM Software with synchronous technology (ST) version 9 combines industry-leading part and assembly modelling tools with the cloud capabilities you need to propel your product development further than ever before.

Cloud integration
One of the biggest trends driving CAD is the prevailing presence of the cloud. With the cloud, users are able to store their data, call down unbelievable computing resources and free themselves from the shackles of the workstation.

To meet this new demand, Siemens is now offering a cloud licensing option that will allow users to store their Solid Edge license on a server and call it down from anywhere on any machine (you can use it on a tablet, a MacBook and even a smartphone) to complete their design work, no matter where they are on the planet.

Hybrid modelling upgrades
In this latest edition of Solid Edge, users will have access to a “hybrid synchronous ordered mode” that gives users a visual preview of the changes being made to geometry before its actually created. With this new tool, designers can take much of the guesswork out of modeling by getting visual feedback on their modeling decision. Simply put, it’s like seeing into the future.

Assemblies have also received some treatment in ST9. Now, large assemblies that were once too unwieldy to examine effectively can be done so via an intuitive tree structure that visually displays assembly relationships. If components within an assembly need to be identified, they can be selected in the tree and will be highlighted in the ST9 model space.

If you’re at all familiar with Siemens’ recent history in the CAD domain, chances are you’ve heard of Catchbook, the tablet drawing app that the company has been proudly positioning for over a year. Now, Catchbook users will be able to import the 2D drawings that they’ve created on their tablets into ST9 and use them as sketches to build components.

Other highlights of the numerous enhancements include:

• Enhanced 3D printing integration
• Scalable data management
• New active workspace setup
• Customisation and preferences management
• Tabbed documents UI
• Easy duplication of assembly components and part features
• Multi-body operations expand part modelling processes

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