Solid Edge University 2015 Highlights

By DavidChadwick

The Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati hosted Solid Edge University 2015
The Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati hosted Solid Edge University 2015

Solid Edge University 2015 is now complete – the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati proved to be a great venue and we had our highest ever attendance for this event. Here are a few of the highlights:

John Miller opened the event welcoming our users, sponsors and partners and pointing out the many different ways that they could participate and benefit from the event. John had a specific mention for the Greenpower academic program that encourages young people into design and engineering – the Greenpower program is going global in 2016.

Philip Norman from Ross Robotics presented what I can only describe as an “eyes wide open” approach to engineering using nature, art, mathematics and science as inspiration for the design of his modular robots. Philip has worked as an author, architect and artist before designing a new construction toy that used a much simpler array of parts than existing kits. The toy was turned down by a major toy manufacturer – but undeterred Philip used his design as the basis for a new range of modular robots that work in hazardous environments. As Philip concluded “Design inspiration is all around you in nature, art and science”. How true that is! You can watch Philip’s full presentation here or a short interview I captured is below:

Microsoft presented their just launched Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices. Beautifully designed and manufactured products that have the performance to support complex part and assembly design with Solid Edge while mobile. Here is a short interview with Simon Floyd from Microsoft on the impact that mobile access to full design projects is having for designers and engineers:

Dan Staples and Craig Ruchtie presenting Solid Edge ST8
Dan Staples and Craig Ruchtie presenting Solid Edge ST8

Dan Staples and Craig Ruchtie, helped by our partners Zuken, Quadrispace and DST then presented the advancements in ST8 and the wider Solid Edge portfolio. Several whoops were heard from the audience as new capabilities like the “like me” that copies features, the ability to apply welds to parts and copy them to multiple features, and new cable routing features were presented. At the end of the event Jeff Walker presented a few of the enhancements that we are planning for the Solid Edge ST9 release in 2016 – this article from presents some of these planned enhancements.

Mark Parry from Majenta PLM on reverse engineering a kit car into Solid Edge

And Mark Parry from Majenta PLM presented new capabilities to reverse engineer existing designs into Solid Edge. Mark used an excellent example of a kit car that today relies on the knowledge of an ageing workforce, knowledge that is not documented. Scanning the car has enabled the manufacturer to capture the design for future generations to enjoy, market their products more effectively and take advantage of more advance engineering capabilities like running stress analysis on critical car components.

You can also check out our Solid Edge University 2015 video playlist for more interviews with customers like Reading Bakery Systems and software partners including Mark Forged, Design Simulation Technologies, Kenesto and SimLab.

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