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Solid Edge helps battle design complexity by creating functional 3D virtual prototypes that help you optimize and differentiate your designs without having to produce expensive physical prototypes.
Developed from the ground up with a core value of assembly centric design, Solid Edge supports both top-down and bottom up techniques, with unique tools to ensure original design intent is captured, stored and maintained throughout the complete design process.
Solid Edge easily tackles large assembly models that are fundamental to mechanical design. Solid Edge customers are regularly creating massive assemblies, topping more than 100,000 parts. Lightweight and simplified part representations and powerful display and selection tools, make it easy and practical to work with assemblies comprising thousands of parts. Solid Edge enables you to divide design tasks among team members, while Insight manages updates and changes to ensure the final product can be manufactured on time and right the first time.
With Solid Edge's unique Systems Design capabilities, you can focus not only on how parts fit together, but also how components function and interact. You create intelligent, functionally realistic models that emulate real-world situations. Systems Libraries allow users to define and store sets of parts, features and constraints for re-use as a fully functional system in future projects. Critical relationships are captured and re-used, material is automatically added or removed from related components to ensure correct placement, moving parts maintain their pre-defined paths and loads, while sensors monitor critical distances and other variables that will affect the desired performance of the system. Also unique to Solid Edge is the concept of alternate components. By defining a component as having alternate choices, you can easily replace or swap components within the assembly to test variations. This same technology gives you the ability to dynamically configure Family of Assembly members during placement. An enormous time saver, you can choose a discreet combination of component choices "on the fly", without having to predefine every possible variation in advance.
With the ever-increasing complexity of product designs, many remaining 2D users are finding they can no longer do their job with 2D alone, but also recognize that 2D is a useful and efficient way to perform some aspects of the design process. At the same time, experienced 3D users are recognizing the benefits of doing more upfront work, such as machine layout, in 2D, before committing to complete virtual mock-ups. As such, both groups seek a design system that incorporates both technologies effectively, allowing the use of the right tool for the right job at hand while continuing to keep all geometry in synch. With Solid Edge's unique 2D/3D hybrid design capabilities, designers can use the best tool for the job as required.
Many design processes follow a workflow of first establishing a basic product structure, utilizing new and existing 2D layouts to create a concept and moving to 3D only when appropriate. Solid Edge offers unique capabilities to encapsulate this valuable workflow. Solid Edge's "Zero D" approach lets you define the key elements of a product structure, organizing the major components and subsystems before any geometry is committed to paper. From these "Virtual Components", you can generate preliminary bill of materials (BOMs) and reports, such as cost estimations, without have to wait for the fully modeled 3D assembly. You can easily carry out the next logical step of assigning 2D layout geometry to the virtual components or positioning existing 3D components within the 2D layout. Once the conceptual structure is complete and is ready for more detailed design to begin, a single command populates the structure with real part and subassembly files and you can begin to work with the geometry to develop the detailed 3D mockup
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