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Learn from Solid Edge Customer Success at Realize LIVE

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Today, we’ll be sharing more of the exiting and informative sessions you have the chance to see when you join us for Realize LIVE June 10-13 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.


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Realize LIVE offers four full days of learning and fun. Meet your fellow community members, Solid Edge experts from around the world, product managers, and other team members. It’s your chance to see the latest technology, learn new tips, and network with likeminded people at a great event.


Solid Edge customers can either save $300 off single admission OR receive three admissions for the price of two using the following promo codes:


  • EDGE342 - 3 admission tickets for the price of 2
  • EDGE300 - a single registration discount of $300


Register for Realize LIVE today to secure your spot.


One of the key benefits of attending an event like this is the knowledge and skills you gain that you can take back to work with you to see immediate improvements in your design workflows. The sessions we’ll be highlighting today especially demonstrate that.


Nate Emler of Ariel Corporation will present “How to Deploy, Manage and Maintain Solid Edge for Maximum Efficiency.”  According to their website, Ariel Corporation is the world's largest manufacturer of separable reciprocating gas compressors. Their gas compressors are used to extract, process, transport, store, and distribute natural gas from the wellhead to end-users around the world. During his session, Nate will show the company deploys and manages more than 100 computers and 46 licenses of Solid Edge.  It will be a technically oriented session perfect for Solid Edge administrators who are looking to implement Solid Edge more efficiently and provide ideas on how to administer Solid Edge in a different manner.


Another customer presentation we have lined up has practical benefits for the designer working in Solid Edge. Melissa Schultz of Polished Edge Consulting, whom many will recognize from her time spent on the community, will present “Learn Synchronous and Optimize the Use of Existing Features.” During this session, she plans to show many examples of how Synchronous Technology can be implemented quickly with a nearly immediate ROI for a variety of machine and product design applications. She will also demonstrate how properly created and purposely dimensioned models offer fast changes and reuse. Melissa has more than 20 years of experience using Solid Edge as both a designer, CAD administrator, and now as a professional consultant, and she has successfully transitioned large teams from ordered to synchronous modeling making her an expert at this topic. It’s a great informative session you won’t want to miss.


Another friendly face you will recognize from here on the community is Scott Wertel from IpX. Scott will be presenting “Prioritizing Your Product Requirements with Solid Edge.” Businesses run on requirements. Whether they are government regulations, customer requests, or company policies, requirements come in many forms.  Proper structuring and linking of those requirements provides a means for efficient business processes—getting the requirements to the right people in the right place at the right time. Solid Edge Requirements Management is one tool to document requirements and get them in front of the designers (right people) within the very tool they use to design (right place) on demand (right time). During his session, Scott will share tips to do exactly that. As a Senior Transformation Specialist for IpX with over 20 years of experience in CAx, PLM, and Business Process Transformation, Scott has a wealth of industry experience to share with users.


Last but not least, Jamie Griffis from Sherpa Design will present “Clean Data for Teamcenter Migration.” Sherpa Design is a team of mechanical designers and machinists that like to push limits to find a better way of doing things and share their knowledge with clients every chance they get, according to their website. Jamie is the Teamcenter Architect for the company. During her session, she will cover the Solid Edge data prep tools. She’ll show hands-on examples of how to work with dirty Solid Edge data and strategies to be successful at cleaning data for successful Teamcenter migration. You’ll be sure to learn a lot during this session.


Don’t miss these amazing opportunities to learn and connect with other Solid Edge experts.


Register for Realize LIVE on June 10-13 in Detroit. Don't forget to register soon though, because our special offers won’t last long. Discounts will be honored on a first come, first served basis.

Partners in Innovation: Recap of European Partner Leadership Summit 2019


Last week more than 300 business partners and Siemens PLM Software managers including our own Senior Vice President of Mainstream Engineering, John Miller, gathered in Spain for the European Partner Leadership Summit that took place over the course of one and a half days. During the summit, many partners shared customer success stories and key topics to pay attention to for the future of digital transformation of businesses across all industries.




John Miller spoke about the unique opportunity that small-medium businesses have to realize innovation through a digital transformation of their business. Digital technologies level the playing field for small to mid-sized businesses as a result of the efficiency gained. Because of their size, SMBs are far more readily able to transform their business through investing in new technologies when compared to larger corporations. This helps them to meet their key goals of improving the product development and design processes, achieve a faster time to market, and improve collaboration across the board.  Solid Edge with its portfolio of affordable, easy-to-use software tools that address all aspects of product development is especially well-suited to help SMBs meet these goals.


Nick Rakkar, EMEA Business Development Director of Mainstream Engineering, was joined by Eric Kane, Operations Director of Team Engineering Ltd., to discuss the success Airbus Defence and Space has had in using Simcenter FEMAP, an industry leading FEA software that provides a mesh-based approach for the specialist FEA engineer. As the largest defense supplier in Europe, Airbus manufactures tactical and strategic airlifters, multi-role aerial tankers and advanced combat aircraft. The aerospace division has a hand in everything from commercial satellite launches, telecom satellites, and Earth observation satellites. Because Simcenter FEMAP is CAD neutral, it works well with their very mixed design environment. They use thermal, flow, structural dynamics, and non-linear simulation as well to test and verify the equipment they design.


limbic chair.jpgFinally, Swiss-based Limbic Chair and Schatti, a Swiss design and manufacturing business, showed their innovation onstage with an electrically operated stool that has sensors which allow it to be used much like a computer mouse. The chair designed in Solid Edge was used onstage to control Solid Edge on a PC. How is this possible? The Limbic Chair lets your body interact with the virtual world to make navigation more intuitive and free your hands for others tasks. It interacts with virtual reality and non-VR applications, such as the spacial tasks of zooming, scrolling, rotating and panning. Schatti helped get it off the ground by providing design and manufacturing assistance. The chair was developed using the Limbic Life company’s knowledge of medicine and neuroscience to allow the user to be in an effortless state of weightlessness, and to utilize touch and movement in an entirely new way.


All in all, the event at EPLS served as a showcase for all of the wonderful and exciting things our partners and customers are accomplishing together across Europe with the help of technology from Siemens PLM Software, and in the case of the examples we touched on today, with Solid Edge and Simcenter FEMAP specifically.

Kenesto exhibiting cloud-based document management at SEU16

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Kenesto are demonstrating the latest version of their cloud-based document management software at SEU16 and will be showing how design departments can use their “Kenesto Drive” solution to replace local servers with a cloud storage solution that is specifically designed for engineers. According to Kenesto, engineers typically make frequent changes to their CAD files and if they are using cloud-based files storage solutions that are not specifically designed for engineers, there is a good chance that users can work on older files by mistake.  With the Kenesto Drive, users work just like they would on their own C: drive, but have exclusive access for editing and can implement file locking for other users - no more stomping on another user's edits. To get started you simply drag files to the Kenesto Drive, and users can easily work from home or when traveling, and can share selected files with external users when needed.

Solid Edge Glasses From The Drive for blog.pngThe Kenesto Drive works just like your C: drive, but vaults and shares your files in the cloud

 Some of the new capabilities that Kenesto are demonstrating at SEU16 include the ability to isolate parts and/or sub-assemblies when viewing a large Solid Edge assembly, and the viewer now automatically uses the same measurement units as the selected CAD files. And industrial equipment manufacturer Arnold Machine is presenting on their use of Solid Edge and Kenesto Drive at SEU16 – you can also read this blog post about how Arnold Machine is automating their equipment design process.

New 3D printing partner Plural Additive Manufacturing exhibiting at Solid Edge University

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plural1.jpgManufacturing parts to high tolerances and in a variety of materials is possible using Plural's 3ntr industrial-grade printers

Solid Edge users interested in finding out more about the latest 3D Printing and additive manufacturing techniques can hear directly from our new partner Plural Additive Manufacturing at SEU16. Plural’s emphasis is both on improving individual prototypes and on manufacturing high quality parts in appropriate volumes with a low cost per part.






 Ed Israel from Plural highlights these key areas that differentiate their additive manufacturing solution:


  • Price: parts at 50% less than the cost of traditional manufacturing including the cost of the printer, materials, and maintenance annualized over a multi-year period
  • Wide range of engineering thermoplastics: materials that  range from flexible to very hard and available to the manufacturer at market prices, not the captive pricing you see from many industrial 3D printer leaders.
  • Part Quality: ability to manufacture parts to some of the highest tolerances achievable with FDM (fused deposition modeling) based 3D printing. Highly repeatable for low volumes of 10’s to a thousand or more a month. 

Ed invites you to talk with him at SEU16 about 3D printing, the move to additive manufacturing, and how to determine your ROI before investing in the latest technology. Ed will also be exhibiting some of the many different parts they have manufactured and will be participating in a panel we are hosting on 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing. This should be a great opportunity for our Solid Edge users to hear from industry experts and other manufacturers about their experience with 3D Printing their Solid Edge models.


I look forward to hearing more from Ed about the recent developments in the additive manufacturing industry from a focus on creating individual prototypes to industrial scale manufacturing.


3ntr printers.png3ntr by Plural: affordable, industrial-grade printers








CAD Partner introduces "ScanToCAD" at Solid Edge University 2016

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CAD Partner are a regular supporter of Solid Edge University and this year will be exhibiting their new Smap3D "ScantoCAD" solution in addition to their well known Smap3D Plant Design software.

scantocad.jpgSmap3D ScanTo3D will be demonstrated at SEU16

Smap3D ScanToCAD transfers high volumes of point cloud from 3D scans into Solid Edge easily and quickly . Smap3D ScanToCAD merges the various referenced scans or the individual scans into an overall project and transfers selected 3D geometry directly in Solid Edge.


CAD Partner will also present Smap3D Plant Design, a unique solution that allows you to bring P&ID data into Solid Edge for use in your design of process plant and equipment. If you want to use P&IDs, standard pipe specifications and isometric drawings in your Solid Edge design process, Smap3D Plant Design is a proven solution with several published case studies including from brewery equipment designer Kaspar Schulz.

Using the information from the P&ID to automatically generate pipes in Solid Edge significantly increases the speed and accuracy of the design process. Modifications to process plant design can be time consuming, but the integrated process chain provided by Smap3D allows implementation of all tasks in parallel. Best of all, changes can be made directly to parts and assemblies because Smap3D Plant Design automatically generates Solid Edge models. This allows the user to make changes at any time, to any part and assembly without the involvement of other software. 

smap3d plant design.jpgCAD Partner will also be exhibiting Smap3D Plant Design at SEU16

Benefits of Smap3D:

  • After choosing the pipe specs and diameter and pressure, the pipeline is automatically created
  • The completely integrated software then takes over the placement of curved pipes and bends
  • T-pieces, flanges and gaskets are also created
  • This reliable process reduces errors and saves significant time

So please stop by the CAD Partner booth at SEU16 to check out the new Smap3D ScanTo3D software and Smap3D Plant Design. Alternatively, if you cant make it to Solid Edge University this year you can access a free trial of Smap3D.



MechWorks demonstrating their DBSolidEdge PDM solution at SEU16

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dbworks screenshot.jpgMechWorks DBSolidEdge will be exhibited at SEU16

We are pleased to welcome MechWorks to SEU16 (October 25th-27th in Indianapolis) where they will be demonstrating their DBSolidEdge PDM software. MechWorks are a valued Siemens Software & Technolgy partner and have been a consistent participant in our Solid Edge University events  over the last few years.


According to Glenn Ponter from Integrated Partner Solutions, the MechWorks distributor for North America "Our goal is to accelerate our customers design cycle within a secure environment that promotes design integrity and accessibility which helps your organization save money and increase profits. MechWorks PDM provides a Single Source of Truth. Locations like Title Blocks, Bill of Materials, File Properties, and Item Master records can all reflect the same accurate data without ever having to be typed more than once. Through our method of linking documents and data, design integrity is always guaranteed. MechWorks PDM can easily link documents and their data no matter the file’s type."


For their presentation at Solid Edge University 2016 MechWorks will focus on how they offer a comprehensive configurable solution for Engineering Change, including some new features. Glenn comments "Design integrity and costs can be greatly impacted by the engineering change process. While we realize that the core engineering change process follows a similar premise, it is invariably unique between departments and/or companies. MechWorks PDM provides for flexible process definitions that can be configured to fit each organization,s specific engineering change process." 


ecn.jpgEngineering change information is graphically represented in DBSolidEdge so users can quickly note needed information

 In addition to their presentation MechWorks will be available to answer questions from Solid Edge users and demonstrate specific features at their booth in the Technology Showcase in Griffin Hall.



From flat documents to interactive 3D technical catalogs in one year

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rotatable magnetron.jpgA rotatable magnetron assembly manufactured by Soleras

One year ago, Soleras Advanced Coatings implemented Quadrispace 3D communication software for technical document creation, doing away with the variety of programs it had been relying upon.


“One of the main benefits to QuadriSpace is we can use this one software program to create all our documents,” said Ann-Sophie Verhack, Soleras technical writer. “In the past we’d been using Microsoft Word or PowerPoint or Excel, but they weren’t easy to work with for what we wanted to accomplish with our technical documentation, nor were they professional looking,” she said.



optical coatings.jpgOptical coatings are one of many applications of sputtering technology

 The company, headquartered in Biddeford, Maine and in Deinze, Belgium, makes sputter targets used to make energy-efficiency glass, thin-film displays and batteries, among other uses. Soleras components are necessary in the sputtering process, a high-speed technology in which superfast ions hit a metal target and dislodge miniscule particles that in turn coat a thin film over products like architectural glass, large-screen televisions and computer displays. The electronics industry has used sputtering technology for decades in items like integrated circuits, but the technology is now being applied to advanced displays and low-energy glass. (If you want to know more about Soleras and sputtering technology I found this interesting article)


Soleras uses QuadriSpace technical documentation software to create catalogs that detail sputtering components and to create documents that provide technical details about those components.


“The big benefit of QuadriSpace is that we can make our own templates; we’re in full control of layout without any obligation imposed by Quadrispace, so we can say ‘that table must be six columns and this table needs to be seven columns,’ Verhack said.


The company designs its parts and products in Solid Edge, from Siemens PLM, which is compatible with QuadriSpace, she added. The compatibility allows for interactive, online catalogs, in which customers can click on and rotate parts and see models within exploded views. Solid Edge models can be immediately imported into the technical documentation program and used within the technical catalog. If an engineer changes or updates a Solid Edge model, those changes are immediately and automatically reflected in the catalog and other pertinent technical documents, Verhack said. “Also within your catalog, you can have the parts table and the model itself interact,” she added. “So if you click on a line in your parts table, that part in your model lights up. For our customers and internal users, that’s a big benefit. Interactive catalogs are much more visual then when we provided a flat list with the pictures of a model.” 


Documents created with QuadriSpace can be published within PDF, 3D PDF HMTL, and in QuadriSpace’s Share3D formats, Verhack said. The technical documentation software also allows Soleras to publish its documents in HTML5 format, which means they can be placed on a password-protected area of the Soleras web site for users to access. Soleras is currently at work on that capability, Verhack added.

soleras 3d parts catalog.jpgExample of a spare parts document from Soleras. This is a 3D PDF document and the user can interactively "explode" the assembly.

 “The customer will be able to see the technical documents they need on our web site, so they don’t need to print them or look for them on a CD,” Verhack said.


For a coatings company that has grown with the times and expects to see even greater growth as the markets for thin-films and for energy-efficient architectural glass and other types of low-e glass picks up, advances in their technical documentation capabilites were very necessary. QuadriSpace will help make document creation easy at Soleras and will help the company’s customers access exactly what they’re looking for with greater ease than ever, Verhack said.


This is the third in a series of blog posts on technical documention. You can read more on the challenges and opportunities for using 3D digital models for creating technical documents, and more about software solutions from QuadriSpace.

3YOURMIND - 3D printing services direct from Solid Edge

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zumex material border.jpg3YOURMIND presents a list of possible materials for your 3D print

Solid Edge has a new partner in the 3D Printing area - 3YOURMIND. Using their plugin and online service you can upload your 3D models directly from Solid Edge, compare quotes for different materials and from different vendors, and order your parts online.


The 3YOURMIND plugin is available for Solid Edge ST7 and ST8 (and they are ready to support ST9 when it is released), you can find instructions on how to download and install the Solid Edge plugin in the attached PDF file and download the plugin from their website. Once you have the plugin installed, you are only a single button click away from taking your Solid Edge design to the 3YOURMIND portal for review and printing!


zumex supplier border.jpgA list of suppliers and quotes for printing a part

I also tried the direct interface that 3YOURMIND has for uploading a .STL file to their website. Within seconds I was presented with a list of materials, and after selecting my preferred material I had a list of 3 vendors with quotes for supplying the part in that material. You can also optimize your model for printing using the ‘Printability & Scale’ option where the scaled model is checked for wall thickness and colors are used to highlight areas that may need attention before printing in the selected material. I also found that you can easily view all your uploaded models and status of your orders.


Let us know what your experience is with using this new service - or other services you have used. And you can contact Neil Perez for more information about this new software partner for Solid Edge.


3ym solid edge border.jpgSend you parts directly to a 3D printing service using the 3YOURMIND plugin for Solid Edge



3ym uploads border.jpgYou can easily review the models you have uploaded from Solid Edge, and the status of your orders for printed parts







Automated process plant design with Smap3D and Solid Edge

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Design of a complete processing plant together with the associated piping and equipment is a complex task that requires specialist techniques and knowledge. Off-the-shelf 2D and 3D CAD software can be used to support the design process but huge benefits can be achieved by using specialist plant design software that is integrated closely with your CAD software. Smap3D Plant Design software from CAD Partner integrates closely with Solid Edge to provide an excellent solution for process plant design. According to Christian Montag, group leader of mechanical design  at brewery equipment manufacturer Kaspar Schulz "with the integrated solution for pipeline planning, we are working up to three times faster than the previous process. The combination of Solid Edge and Smap3D, piping design, PDM and ERP has improved our efficiency, reduced costs and increased quality.“


Integrated process chain for plant design

Smap3D Plant Design provides three components in a single software solution for an integrated process design chain: Smap3D P&ID, Smap3D Piping and Smap3D Isometrics. Depending on the individual requirements these specialized programs can be used individually or together with Smap3D transferring data between the individual programs. A separate export or import of data is not needed. At the same time, Smap3D Plant Design enables a centralized, as well as company and project-specific, definition of pipe classes. This is an essential baseline that ensures standard, or customer specific, piping and associated components are used in the design process. This in turn assures the quality and reliability of the final plant design while keeping design and manufacturing costs down. With predefined pipe classes, the conformity of associated components such as valves and other fittings to these standard sizes is assured.

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 Some key Smap3D product features

  • A key baseline is a centralized database of standard pipe classes, and the database can be configured for specific customers and projects
  • A to-do list that provides a direct link from 2D P&ID diagrams to 3D piping design in Solid Edge
  • Includes Smap3D standard part libraries and Smap3D PartFinder that support efficient use of Smap3D Piping software
  • Substantially increases design process consistency
  • Smap3D Isometric to create isometric drawings, with output in DXF, DFT, SLDDRW, DGN and PCF formats for collaboration with suppliers and customers

Smap3D P&ID: Intelligent P&ID diagram creation

The 2D flow diagram (also known as the P&ID schematic) is the first step and a key document in the process chain for plant design. SMAP3D supports the relevant international standards for P&ID diagrams; for example in the USA P&ID diagrams and all associated content for process engineering plants are regulated by ANSI/ISA 5.1 to 5.5. and similar standards exist for Europe. All systems and components like containers, pumps and fittings are represented as symbols, and pipelines are represented by connecting lines marked with nominal width, pipe specifications, ID number (TAG) and more.



Using Smap3D P&ID the user has all the relevant charts, diagrams, drafts, and design evaluations at hand in a single software package. Smap3D P&ID also automates and simplifies frequently repeated tasks. All drawing sheets, project sheets and reports are template-based and are fully configurable to meet the needs of specific customers.


Smap3D Piping: Piping system design

Smap3D Piping works as a fully integrated 'add-in' within Solid Edge. The program automates the design and modification of 3D pipe systems within the Solid Edge assembly environment, a complex task that an engineer or pipeline planner would otherwise have to carry out in separate stages. The basis of this highly automated 3D pipeline design is the use of pipe specifications tables in which the associated components (fittings, flanges etc) are determined by the relevant company, department or project-specific pipe system characteristics.



A large number of automatic design routines for the fittings required for pipeline design are also available. These include the automatic placement of bends, tees, collars, flanges and gaskets and more. Further intelligent automations are the creation of pipeline reductions or expansions, the splitting of pipes when a maximum length is reached and the placement of connectors. These routines speed the design process and ensure a consistent and high-quality end product.


Smap3D Isometric: Instructions for pipeline manufacturing

Isometric graphics creation is the third step of the typical process chain for plant design. A pipeline isometric is a technical drawing in the form of an isometric 3D image that is used to aid the design and manufacture of pipelines. The pipeline isometric is not to scale but contains the information that piping manufacturers and installation engineers need to complete their tasks accurately and efficiently.



This blog post was written in conjunction with our software partner CAD Partner and is the final post in a series of three. You can also read the case study for brewing equipment manufacturer Kaspar Shulz, and an overview of the challenges for process plant design. You can also register for a free trial of Smap3D Plant Design software and watch a video of Smap3D and Solid Edge in action.

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