Siemens Digital Industries Software has released Solid Edge 2022, adding embedded rules-based design automation, greater capabilities to work with point-cloud, mesh and imported data without need for translation.
The bumper new release also adds the ability to work alongside new tools for 2.5 axis machining and ultra-efficient upfront fluid flow simulation.
Part of Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio of products, Solid Edge packs in all aspects of product creation, including 3D design, simulation, visualisation, manufacturing, and design management.
The new embedded Solid Edge Design Configurator adds rule-based automation and enables quick customisation of products based on design parameters and rules, saving time and enabling the capture and reuse of intellectual property in intelligent models.
CAM Pro 2.5 Axis milling is now included in Solid Edge Classic, Foundation and Premium for customers with active maintenance. Fully integrated, it maintains full associativity with design data and provides automated tool path creation combined with machining simulation to help achieve optimized machining operations.
New CAD Direct capabilities allow for the insertion of third-party data formats without the need for translation while maintaining associativity.
Solid Edge 2022 integrates Siemens’ Convergent Modelling technology, allowing users to mix b-rep and mesh geometries in the same model without conversion, making mesh data more useful and reducing product modelling time.
Full-colour point cloud data can also now be used for visualisation purposes directly within Solid Edge, useful when retrofitting factories or plants, allowing the positioning of design equipment in the context of the point clouds.
Solid Edge 2022 is available through Xcelerator as a Service, providing access to Siemens’ next-generation, cloud-based collaboration solution including Xcelerator Share,
“We have been working with and listening to our customers, and in response Solid Edge 2022 has been engineered to help them grow their businesses,” said John Miller, Siemens Sr. VP mainstream engineering.
“The enhancements to Solid Edge 2022 better support modern product development and manufacturing processes, allowing our community of users to do more with available resources and to enable new ways of working that will foster greater innovation.”
The new assembly preview mode looks to reduce the amount of data that is loaded, while multi-body assembly modelling mode is a new environment to model internal components within an assembly file. When it comes to locating those hard-to-find parts, a new component finder allows for intuitive search with auto-complete suggestive filters.
Additionally, Solid Edge 2022 introduces Simcenter Flomaster for Solid Edge software, which brings easy analysis of fluid and thermal flows in piping systems. System-level models are extracted from 3D models, which Siemens says is capable of reducing preparation time by up to 90 per cent.