The Keynote for Solid Edge was given by Dan Staples with Mark Thompson on drums (doing the demos). Dan hit a lot of points which I can’t do justice to with a quick blog post. I did capture a few notes on some things that were demoed (ask to see them when the sales folks or your VAR comes calling )
The first part of the presentation was on some enhancements to ST for the latest release. Here are a few that were mentioned:
Sketch based features
Chamfers recomputed like rounds
Migrating 2D dimension into 3D
Live Rules enhancements with more feedback.
The second part was on the implementation of synchronous technology in the sheet metal environment. This was one of the big focus areas for ST2. A demo or getting your hands on ST2 is really the only way to appreciate how this works. Beyond creation and modification of sheet metal designs, Dan brought up a few other points:
Patterning has been optimized (carries thru to part too)
Specific live rules exist for sheet metal
Transform supplier parts into SE
All operations work equally well on imported models.
For the last point, Mark brought in parts from several competitors modifying the parts with synchronous technology so that they can work together.
The third part Dan discussed was Solid Edge Simulation. It is a designer focused application built into the Solid Edge application. It benefits from the existing Simens “high power” tools of Femap and NX Nastran. Mark demonstrated the new UI showing its integration into Solid Edge and the much larger breadth of functionality relative to Femap Express (now called Simulation Express to be consistent across the products).
The last part Dan addressed in the SharePoint and TeamCenter integration. Dan discussed how data management in important but that many designers just want to get their job done. So things like save and open are integrated into Solid Edge so the user really doesn’t have to really know he is working with a data management tool. For Sharepoint, Dan felt the latest version was a big step forward for Microsoft.
Finally, Dan finished with a number of other miscellaneous enhancements. There were roughly 500 unique customer enhancement requests addressed in ST2.
A few details I know are big for some people include:
Additional flattening tools for Sheetmetal.
New detail views in Draft
Part list overhaul.
I’ve missed a lot of details on Solid Edge ST enhancements. Did I even cover 10 of the 500 above customer requests? Be sure to check back for more details as they become available.