How does Solid Edge 2019 compare to the software you’re using today? If you have been wondering what key enhancements you can expect and how they will benefit your workflows and processes, pay attention to this area on the Solid Edge Knowledge Base. We’ll be exploring Solid Edge 2019 in depth over the coming weeks with a post for each new feature and function added as well as a breakdown of how it benefits the user.
Today we’re starting with the release highlights.
What’s in a name? A lot, it turns out. A name often sets the first impression we have of someone or something. Of course one of the first things you’ll notice about Solid Edge is the new naming convention. This release is named Solid Edge 2019. That’s because the naming convention used to identify a Solid Edge release is now associated with the year in which most of our customers will begin using the product. To be consistent, new Solid Edge products also adopted this naming convention. For example, we now have Solid Edge 3D Publishing 2019, Solid Edge Electrical 2019, and Solid Edge CAM Pro 2019.
Here are some other changes you will see as a result of the new name:
What does this change mean for you? If you have any custom scripts or automation written to work with the folder and registry structure of Solid Edge ST10 or prior releases, you must update them for Solid Edge 2019.
With so many enhancements and new tools for design, it’s hard to pick favorites. Solid Edge 2019 is a robust release jam-packed with functionality to address the design challenges of today and well into the future. In fact, it was recently named the Digital Engineering Editor’s Pick.
Solid Edge users with a Classic or Premium license can use commands in the new Design for Cost docking window to analyze the geometry of a Solid Edge sheet metal part (.psm) and estimate the cost to manufacture the item.
For a sheet metal part, Design for Cost provides:
All of the information is stored in the Solid Edge document as custom properties that can be added to a draft or linked in a variable table. Examples of custom properties associated with Design for Cost are: Estimated Bends, Estimated Cuts, and Estimated Mass.
Solid Edge Design for Cost of course helps reduce manufacturing costs to assist businesses with their bottom line, but they also contribute to time savings on the engineer’s part as well. By helping to find the most cost effective design quickly and easily, the design engineer ensures he or she does not waste time developing a product that would be too costly to manufacture.
Generative design brings topology optimization to Solid Edge, enabling designers to define material, design space, permissible loads and constraints and a target weight—while Solid Edge takes care of the rest. Solid Edge automatically computes a geometric solution that can be immediately manufactured on 3D printers or further refined for traditional manufacturing. This leads to cost savings not just from reduced weight and materials, but also in terms of time saved for the design engineer.
These tools have been enhanced in Solid Edge 2019 to expand the amount of design constraints that can be applied, giving even more control over the types of results and engineering that can be achieved with this tool. You now can apply a gravity load, a displacement constraint, group generative study inputs into load cases, and generate a mesh body based on a factor of safety. The Generative Design pane also provides many usability enhancements, such as data tips that show what settings were used to solve a study, double-click to edit an object, and shortcut commands to expand and collapse containers. As a result, these tools are even easier to take advantage of in your workflow and you can more quickly achieve the results you’re looking for.
Documentation tools play an essential role in the product lifecycle. Documents can be expensive to produce, and have a long life – sometimes longer than the products they describe – and can be very complex, even having to meet stringent standards in some industries. Done right, documents can be very profitable, especially when they support the service business. Solid Edge 2019 features some changes and enhancements with regard to document management that will help your business when creating technical publications, illustrations and guides for products.
Solid Edge SP Retired
Solid Edge ST10 was the last release supporting Solid Edge SP. You can use the data migration tools to migrate to either of these software solutions:
Solid Edge Data Management is a built-in tool that users can take advantage of to manage their product data. In Solid Edge 2019 a number of enhancements have been added to make your experience with this tool even better. These include an improved Design Manager experience, automatic file naming, a new diagnostic tool, and improvements to common properties.
Teamcenter integration for Solid Edge enables you to complete many tedious data management tasks automatically, for example capturing new Solid Edge parts, assemblies and drawings as they are created and vaulting them in a secure database. Solid Edge 2019 includes a number of enhancements to Teamcenter Integration for Solid Edge. Among these are user interface enhancements to improve usability, support for foreign assembly features to make worldwide collaboration easier, support for Family of Assemblies, the ability to create new documents offline and more!
You can check out the full documentation of what's new in Solid Edge 2019 here.