21 June 2004

Solid Edge Version 16 from UGS to Provide Enhanced Systems Design Capability

FOR RELEASE Monday, June 21, 2004

PLANO,Texas– UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the company will deliver the newly-launched Version 16 of Solid Edge® – its industry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system for the mainstream PLM market – with expanded capabilities for Systems Design.

UGS announced the launch of Solid Edge Version 16 on June 2 in conjunction with the annual Solid Edge User Summit.  The company expects the new release to begin shipping in September.

Due to the ever-increasing complexity of product designs, the creation of virtual prototypes has become critical to an efficient error-free design process, reports a new paper from UK-based information and communications research firm Cambashi Ltd.  Systems design -- where a group of interacting components are modeled as a “whole” with sufficient information to describe how they relate to one another and how they need to perform to meet design criteria – has therefore become an increasingly critical part of the product design mix.

For Solid Edge, UGS began a progression of essential components for systems design in 2000 with sensors that provide persistent design monitoring, and subsequent releases advanced this powerful concept.  Solid Edge Version 14 introduced systems library technology, a unique approach enabling users to define, store and reuse cohesive sets of parts, features and constraints as a single functional system; and Version.15 added capabilities for adjustable assemblies, assembly features and interactive physical analysis.

Version 16 continues this progression of innovation for systems design, helping customers to Design with Insight and ease the design of complex products with the addition of:


  • Adjustable Parts – Similar to Adjustable Assemblies introduced at V15, Adjustable Parts allows parts (such as springs) to be placed into different assemblies under different geometric configurations without the need for new file names or part numbers, providing increased design flexibility for common modeling situations.
  • Fastener Systems – Fastener Systems automatically place fasteners and their associated hardware into an assembly, based on hole size.  All common holes are detected and hole alignment checked allowing for efficient task automation.
  • Dynamic Families of Assemblies – These components and variables are assembled in multiple combinations to form a variety of alternative subassemblies.  Families of Assemblies are created through an efficient table-driven user interface that allows multiple options to be selected from potential alternatives, complete with validation checking.  Subassemblies may be picked from a list of pre-selected alternatives, or dynamically configured during implementation.

As with all Solid Edge applications, Solid Edge Insight may be used to check in parts or subassemblies when closing the master assembly, thus finalizing the design and tracking the use of applicable components.

“The concept of assembly families has been in the industry for some time now, allowing users to combine multiple parts in a variety of ways to solve similar design problems,” said Dan Staples, director of the Solid Edge business unit for UGS. “Now with Solid Edge Families of Assemblies the user is in control, dynamically and easily configuring options on the fly, taking advantage of greater flexibility in dealing with complex product designs, all under the watchful eye of Insight design management.” 

For more information on Solid Edge Version 16, please see UGS Launches Solid Edge Version 16, June 2, 2004.

The Solution

Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) from UGS 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 more than 3 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.  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.


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