CAD Drawing and Drafting
Easily create accurate technical drawings with Solid Edge
Drawings are the final deliverable for many engineering processes—they represent a contract between design and manufacturing—which means that accuracy is critical. But as product designs and assemblies become more complex, and with a host of global drawing standards to consider, creating, annotating, and updating drawings can be a challenge. With Solid Edge, drawing layout, detailing, annotation and dimensioning controls automatically comply with the mechanical drafting standard you select.
Streamlined CAD drafting and documentation
Solid Edge automatically creates and updates drawings from 3D models, quickly creating standard and derived views, including auxiliary, section, detail, broken and isometric views. Solid Edge also automates the creation of exploded views, balloons, parts lists and bills of material for models of any size. You can choose from a number of different display options, such as shaded, to ensure your documents communicate their intent as clearly as possible. As changes are made to the 3D model, a graphical indication alerts designers when drawing views are out of date, while a build-in tool alerts the user to what changes were made. When drawings are saved, Title Blocks are automatically populated using data from the Part file.
Better performance during creation and update
Solid Edge optimizes for speed and performance by taking advantage of multi-core processors, supporting the creation of simplified assemblies, and letting you choose between draft quality and high quality views. In addition, when working with large assemblies, Solid Edge allows you to place drawing views based on a search query and turn off all the components that are not essential for the purpose of the view. With significantly fewer hidden lines to calculate, drawing views can be placed and updated much faster.
Easier drawing dimensioning and annotations
Solid Edge's comprehensive dimensioning and annotating tools enable you to create fully detailed drawings remarkably fast. QuickSheet templates can be used to automatically populate a drawing with predefined standards such as views, parts lists and annotations. Detailing drawing views can be automated by retrieving part or assembly dimensions; a full complement of dimensions and annotation commands are also available.
Support for global CAD drafting standards
Solid Edge offers simple drawing layout, diagramming, annotation, and dimensioning controls that automatically comply with drafting standards, including the International Standards Organization (ISO), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), British Standards Institution (BSI), Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN), and Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS), among others. With Solid Edge, you have full control over every element of your drawings, allowing you to easily make updates if standards change.
Accurate drawings of sheet metal parts
Documenting the manufacturing of sheet metal parts can be done with bend sequence tables where bend centerlines list the bend sequence, angle and direction. Parts lists with automatic ballooning can be added to assembly drawings, where the list is an exact match of the parts in the model – even for nonphysical parts such as paint.
No cost collaboration and improved data sharing
With Solid Edge, you can easily share 2D drawings with other teams, suppliers, and customers, even if they don’t have Solid Edge installed. Our free tool, Solid Edge 2D Drafting, allows easy data sharing of native draft files, and provides drawing layout, Goal Seeking, diagramming, and dimensioning capabilities. Because Solid Edge 2D Drafting is fully compatible with the commercial version of Solid Edge, there is no loss of drawing integrity as a result of data translation.