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Solid Edge ST5 What's New

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ST5 is now faster and has more synchronous technology integrated throughout the product. More than 1,300 productivity enhancements requested by our customers are included in this release.


Attached is a PDF document that provides detailed information on each of the following sections. Here are the highlights:

Icon.png Document management highlights
This release introduces a new document management application, Solid Edge Insight XT. Insight XT is a SharePoint application with a graphical user interface for managing Solid Edge files and related design information. It retrieves information, lets you visualize complex data relationships, and provides out-of-the-box workflows for Engineering Change Requests (ECRs) and Engineering Change Orders (ECOs).




SharePoint supports customer specific processes and industry regulated processes. See Document management enhancements in the attached PDF for more details as well as the enhancements to Solid Edge Embedded Client and Insight.


Icon.png  Administration highlights
Solid Edge offers three product data management integration solutions. Each is packaged independently. When you install Solid Edge, also install the product that matches your license. To learn more, see Administering Solid Edge in the attched PDF.


Icon.png  Part and sheet metal highlights
Solid Edge part and sheet metal enhancements include:

  • Slot features


  • Multi-body modeling, where you can design many separate models in the same space. With this design method, you can import assemblies into a single part file, merge or split parts, add new parts, and publish individual files for drawing
  • Solution Manager, an optional tool that you can use during synchronous operations to identify, and graphically control, all affected model relationships.
  • Hole recognition, in which holes in imported models become editable hole features in Solid Edge with the new Hole Recognition command. Also, new hole placement options in the synchronous environment include locking to a plane,
    referencing a midpoint, or referencing another hole.

To learn more, see Part and sheet metal enhancements in the attached PDF.


Icon.png  Assembly highlights
More direct part and sheet metal operations are available from the assembly design, including creating, deleting, inserting, and editing features and parts.

  • Part replacement provides a variety of ways to adapt old designs for new uses. This includes replacement with a standard part, a new part, or a copy.
  • Assembly relationships now include cam, rigid set, and path, as well as connections between faces and keypoints of arcs, cones, spheres, lines, axes, and points.

New assembly relationship



Barrel Cam


Rigid Set

Fixed-position parts



Slot Path



Connect facesto any keypoint



  • Use site survey data to create large-scale terrain models for positioning buildings
    and equipment.
  • Pipes, frames, and curves have new graphic handles and edit commands to
    facilitate changes.
    To learn more, see Assembly enhancements in the attached PDF.

Icon.png Draft and PMI highlights
ST5 continues to simplify drawing documentation and improve the usability of dimensions and annotations in model PMI and on drawings. This includes:

  • Nailboard drawings—Production ready drawings for manufacturing 3D wire harnesses and for high volume products with wiring. The start-to-finish process includes 3D wire harness design, flattening the 3D model into a 2D drawing, adjusting wire paths, and adding conductor tables, connector tables, and wire annotations.

Tip: Try the new self-paced training course (spse01697) Working with nailboards.


  • Enhanced flexibility and behavior of annotations and dimensions in PMI and
    on drawings.

PMI model dimension enhancements

  • Symmetric dimension edit
  • Intelligent dimensions on sheet metal bends
    General dimension enhancements
  • New formatting and positioning options for class fit dimensions, dual unit dimensions, radial and diameter dimensions, and chamfer dimensions.
  • Reusable dimension axis for fixing rebind failures after a drawing view update.
  • Enhancements to primary and secondary units, including secondary round-off options and new tolerance unit values.
  • Dimension and annotation alignment improvements using the mouse, break
    points, and text.
    Annotation enhancements
  • Text boxes now support Rich Text Format to preserve paragraph styles, indentation, and spacing. New list types include the Latin alphabet and Roman numerals.
  • Callouts, balloons, and datum annotations have more snap points, more terminator types, more break line and leader behavior options, and more text management options. New shapes are available for balloons and for datums.
  • Weld symbols have an improved interface for defining them in assembly and
    modifying their properties in draft.


  • Table groups, group headings, and group sorting collect and order table items by specified criteria.
  • Automatic sheet creation and cleanup for large parts lists quickly expands a top level bill of materials into a multi-sheet atomic parts list.



See Draft enhancements in the attached PDF.


Icon.png  Finite element analysis highlights
Solid Edge Simulation introduces:

  • Steady state heat transfer simulations



Thermal stress analysis (thermal coupled studies)


See New in Solid Edge Simulation in the attached PDF. 


Icon.png  User interface highlights

New to this release is the Solid Edge Mobile Viewer for the iPad.



Icon.png  Online self-paced training
Access to Solid Edge self-paced training is available online at no charge. Working at your own pace, from your own desktop, you can learn the basics of synchronous part and assembly modeling and drafting with these overviews, animations, and activities.

From within Solid Edge, the link to self-paced training is located on the Help pane.
To find it:

  1. On the ribbon, click the Help index icon. WhatsNew12.png

In the Help pane, under Learning Tools, select Solid Edge Self-Paced Training.


Icon.png  Printable What’s New documentation
A standalone book of What’s New in Solid Edge ST5 is available in the Help pane.
To find it:

  1. On the ribbon, click the Help index icon.
  2. In the Help pane, under Solid Edge Help, select What’s New.

You can print the entire What’s New help book, a selected book, or individual topics.

  • To print the full What’s New book, on the Contents page, right-click the topmost book, What’s New in Solid Edge ST5, and then choose Print.
    You can print individual books or topics in What’s New using the same technique.
    Tip: You can control pagination better by selecting and printing books individually.
    We've also attached a printable PDF that might be faster :-D