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Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology

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Siemens PLM Software have now publicly announced the next greatly anticipated version of Solid Edge. This is not called V21 but is “Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology”. This new ground breaking technology is far too revolutionary to just be called Solid Edge V21.

I have just completed my training on this new version and it was great to finally get some hands on experience after seeing so many of the teaser presentations from Siemens PLM. My initial impressions on this latest version are extremely positive. This is some seriously clever technology that is great to use as it gives you a very interactive CAD design experience.  It’s easy to see how it will begin to revolutionise the way that we work with our designs and it will allow us to make dramatic design changes very quickly. This is also true regardless of where the data originated. In fact I have looked at a couple of examples where it is much quicker to modify a SolidWorks model imported into Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology rather than in SolidWorks itself. The same applies to data imported from any mainstream CAD system.

Solid Edge Screen Shot

Some highlights of Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology include:

  • Unified 2D & 3D Environments. Commands for generating the 2D sketch geometry and the subsequent 3D geometry are unified into the same easy to use interface. Eliminating the need to switch between sketching and modelling.
  • Create models faster with little or no commands using ‘Grab n Go’ techniques. Simply identify regions and then push / pull them to turn them into 3D.
  • Manipulate geometry on the fly with the new ‘Steering Wheel’ controls.
  • Add 3D PMI dimensions any where any time and then use them to drive the model.
  • Live rules which automatically look for strong geometric conditions and control the model during dynamic edits (using the Steering Wheel or PMI Dimensions). This eliminates the need to add geometric constraints. For example you move a hole that is in the end of a boss and its concentric outer surface is automatically selected to move too – as well as any other tangent or symmetric conditions that may exist.
  • Ability to make modifications to parametric features without having the overhead of the models history having to up date as per normal feature based modellers. This means the updates happen instantly.

Don’t worry about trying understand all this in one go, over the next few weeks I will be posting more details in easy to understand bite sized chunks with live video examples.

Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology will:

  • Eliminate the need for you to pre plan your designs.
  • Eliminate model regeneration during construction.
  • Allow you to easily modify a design even if you do not know how it was constructed.
  • Allow you to edit supplier data more easily and more quickly than the supplier can in their native system.

Come back soon for more exciting news regarding Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology.

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  1. Would love to see how all assembly inter-part functions can work in harmony with ST in praticle assemblies?

  2. Thanks for your comment Phil. That is exactly the sort of question we hope to answer over the comming weeks on this site.
    Keep checking back for new posts and video content showing some useful examples on all aspects of Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology

  3. I would appreciate if you could expand on the new MS Office-like “Ribbon” interface (Toolbars), i.e. are they also locked so that we cannot customize it? This end-user “lock-out” was one of the most bone-headed decisions made by the MS Office developer team!
    I also noticed a floating Toolbar on the screenshot above, does this mean we will be irritated by lots of floating Toolbars obscuring & cluttering the screen with which we want to interact with? Reminds me of my MicroStation user-interface of a decade ago…

  4. Hi Wim, with regards to the MS Office style ribbon bar, yes Siemens have licensed the code and formatting for this directly from Microsoft so whilst the ribbon remains fixed, it is possible to customise the quick access bar.
    Also the floating toolbar appears when you are interacting with the geometry. It contains appropriate commands which adapt to what you select and what you are trying to do. It is not at all like Microstation (believe me I speak from experience here) and does not get in the way of what you are trying to do. In fact it enhances the way you work as it negates having to go and pick commands from the normal menus.
    Hope that helps

  5. i´m worry because this technology show us that the way of modeling have to change very quicly, how we ussually model have to be more fast, and we have to change our barin structure to be more flexible. next i have a few questions

    How SE with ST will afect the surface modeling?

    if i delete a parent feature the child will be a “wrong profile”? or automaticly the child feature will be constrain by other faces of the solid model?

    how SE with ST impacts on adjustable parts?. do we will be able to make animations with springs for example?

    how SE with ST could be used with “goal seeking” on assembly to fit between parts?

    thanks to ingenea to make this page. and, sorry for my english

  6. The first thing I would say is that there is no need to worry. This version of Solid Edge still has all the great features and capabilities that you already know so well. It’s just that it also has Synchronous Technology too.

    So what this means is that you can easily carry on working the way you do at the moment – using surfacing, adjustable parts, goal seeking and so on. Then gradually start using Synchronous methods on new and existing data. Solid Edge will be quite happy to mix and match both Synchronous and Traditional data on the same assembly. It is extremely easy to use and really comes into its own when modifying native and imported data. The best advice I could give is that you for when you start using Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology (specifically when working on a synchronous part) is to just open your mind and do not try and force it to work the way you do already.

  7. Hello
    About that, I`m worry `cause I work lot with family parts and family of asemblies, and In haven`t seen this icon on the edge bar, wath`s happening with that?


  8. Hi Andres, there is no need to worry. Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology still allows you to do all the things you can at the moment in V20. We still have Family of Part and Family of Assemblies functionality.

  9. hi
    I`m writing again, `cause I have ST now, since i’m customer
    but I have a little problem with thread features.
    In TRADITIONAL TEMPLATE i have it, but in synchronous Does not exist,
    so i ask: how can i change a part that was made in ST to traditional part?
    or how can I do a blend of some comands from traditional template to st template?
    please help me

  10. Andres, it certainly is possible to put thread features on a part and have them in the Synchronous environment.

    Since you are a subscriber to our Synchronous Technology site – I’ll be more than happy to e-mail you details on how to do this.
    Best regards

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