08 March 2005

UGS Launches Solid Edge Version 17

FOR RELEASE Tuesday, March 8, 2005

NATIONAL DESIGN ENGINEERING SHOW (NDES), CHICAGO – UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today launched Version 17 of Solid Edge® software, its industry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system for the mainstream product lifecycle management (PLM) market. UGS expects the new release to begin shipping in April.

UGS made the announcement at a press briefing at the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago. Separately, UGS also announced “Direct Editing” capability in Solid Edge Version 17.

“Solid Edge is the cornerstone of UGS’ mid-market strategy. The software has consistently performed well over the last couple of years and is positioned for significant expansion in this market,” said Tony Affuso, chairman, CEO and president of UGS. “Solid Edge is focused on helping evolve 2D users to 3D to effectively address the constant increase in design complexity of new products.”

Design with Insight and Evolve to 3D

Constant increase in product complexity has prompted designers in all manufacturing industries to adopt 3D technology. Solid Edge’s unique four step Evolve to 3D approach addresses this need by helping customers migrate to 3D in a smooth, efficient, non-disruptive manner; thus allowing customers to get their job done today while learning 3D as they go, mixing and matching techniques in a highly productive hybrid 2D/3D environment.

Solid Edge Version 17 continues to deliver on its Design with Insight vision and help customers to Evolve to 3D, by delivering many new capabilities to optimize the design of complex products in a hybrid 2D/3D environment; all under the control of the built-in insight for design management.

Hybrid 2D/3D design

Version 16 enhanced Solid Edge’s capability for hybrid 2D/3D design by introducing the unique “Zero D” capability that allows the definition of product structure before any geometry is committed to paper. In Version 17 this capability is enhanced to include new workflows that allow customers to convert existing 3D parts into 2D profiles for efficient 2D design layout, thus allowing streamlined incorporation of existing parts into the hybrid 2D/3D workflow.

"The fundamental concern voiced by product developers considering a move from 2D to 3D CAD tools is a wish to preserve their existing process of product design in order to minimize risk and business impact," said Ken Versprille, Ph.D., PLM Research Director, CPD Associates. "2D layout is central to their process methodology today and the Solid Edge Hybrid 2D/3D tool addresses the concern head on.  By incorporating product structure, 2D layout, and 3D geometry into a single consistent approach that emulates the way they currently work and trust, users get the best of all worlds in their transition."

Direct Editing

Solid Edge Version 17 takes a leap forward in the mainstream CAD market by becoming the only major player to offer direct editing of models without the need to edit the history tree.  Direct Editing allows the editing of native complex parametric models “after the fact” without the need to retrace steps in the history tree. Direct Editing also allows the editing of imported 3D geometry from any source, without the need to import features and parameters.  With Direct Editing, Solid Edge offers leadership in interoperability with NX™ software and in helping customers to either co-exist with, or migrate from, competitive systems such as Pro/ENGINEER®, Autodesk Inventor® or SolidWorks®.

Large Assemblies

Resources are becoming more valuable as designs get bigger and more complex.  Solid Edge’s new massive assembly support capability allows engineers to work on large volumes of data to help customers to create complete digital mock-ups of even the largest assemblies.  Solid Edge Version 17 adds a new simplified assembly capability that uses a proprietary algorithm to automatically determine which external faces need to be displayed to give an accurate representation of the assembly, while a new “structure only” navigation capability allows every engineer to have the top level assembly file as their main point of entry and specifically choose when they want to select the detail of a part or entire sub-assembly.

“When working graphically with our existing large assemblies, the new simplify assembly enhancements in Version 17 will help us to increase performance up to five times compared to our current version of Solid Edge,” said Klaus Langer of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation GmbH (Heidenheim, Germany) and Solid Edge Version 17 beta tester.  “It’s a great testament to UGS’ focus on customer satisfaction that all our requests for new enhancements made just six months ago are now in Solid Edge Version 17.”

In addition to these new features, Solid Edge continues to push the envelope in many other areas.  Also delivered with Version 17 are:

  • UGS XpresReview™ software, a new easy to use email driven solution for design review to complement the existing fully managed collaboration workflow capability of Insight and Insight Connect.
  • Improved ease of adoption through the introduction of Apprentice Mode and Feature Error Assistant.  Feature Error Assistant helps users to troubleshoot failures and warnings with meaningful descriptions and appropriate corrective action.  Apprentice Mode is a new capability that helps new users to more easily navigate the systems.
  • Solid Edge already provides excellent translation tools for Pro/ENGINEER, Mechanical Desktop®, and AutoCAD®, as well as neutral files like IGES, STEP and DXF.  Solid Edge Version 17 adds to this extensive array by introducing a new CATIA® V4 Translator, a new batch Inventor migration tool, and a third party ME10 translator from Voyager Partner PROCIM.

“One of the difficult things about operating a CAD system is the sequence of commands and selections that are required to produce a useable model,” said Ray Kurland, president, TechniCom, Inc.  “Solid Edge is the first system I have seen that makes a serious attempt to solve that problem.  The new apprentice mode is quite usable and will benefit both casual and new users.”

The Solution

Solid Edge fromUGS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and achieve competitive advantage through cost reduction, while increasing top line revenues. The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhancing collaboration. Insight, complemented by Solid Edge’s superior core modeling and process workflows, greatly eases the design of increasingly complex products required to meet continually changing market demands. The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering, and Volvo. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value of PLM. 

Note to editors:  UGS, Solid Edge, NX and XpresReview are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor and Mechnaical Desktop are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries. CATIA is a registered trademark or trademark of Dassault Systémes SA. Pro/ENGINEER is a registered trademark or trademark of Parametric Technology Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  SolidWorks is a registered trademark or trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.

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